Nate Parker

Hollywood's latest Slave film "The Birth of a Nation" is a cause célèbre for those who are anxious to make up for shutting out black actors at last year's Oscar Awards.

"The Birth of a Nation" is a fictional retelling of the Nat Turner Rebellion in which slaves rose up against their white oppressors.

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12 Years a Slave

The awards and accolades continue to pile up for '12 Years a Slave', which won the People’s Choice Audience award from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Deadline.com reports.

'12 Years a Slave' debuted at Telluride Film Festival, and is already generating talk of Oscar nominations, despite earning the rep of being "too difficult" to sit through.

The Fox Searchlight Film is based on the true story of a free black man from upstate NY, Solomon Northup, who is abducted and sold into slavery. In his 12th year of slavery, Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) has long been forgotten by the wife and children he left behind.

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