John Ridley Wins For Best Adapted Screenplay For '12 Years A Slave'
This will be the point in the evening at which I start reminding y’all that in addition to being an important movie, 12 Years A Slave is also, with the exception of that Brad Pitt awfulness, an extremely well-crafted one. Ridley’s script is terrific, whether he’s capturing the cowardice of the supposedly-enlightened slave owner Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose courage extends as far as his convenience and his mortgage, or the racist fury of a plantation owner’s wife (Sarah Paulson). But most of all, he captures the journey of Solmon Northup from taking his humanity as his due to recognizing that he must deny–or at least not fight for–the humanity of other people in order to survive. It’s crushing, and exceptionally well-written.