Story out of Saratoga Springs wins best picture at Oscars

Posted at: 03/03/2014 9:20 AM
Updated at: 03/03/2014 11:08 AM
By: WNYT Staff

Solomon Northup's story,
Solomon Northup's story,
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The movie-going world now knows a true story that unfolded in Saratoga over 170 years ago.

The Academy Awards recognized the amazing tale of Solomon Northup, a man lured off the streets of Saratoga Springs and sold into slavery before the Civil War.

Northup's story "12 years a Slave" won the best picture award at Sunday night's Oscars.

The name of the film is taken from the name of the actual book Northup wrote after being rescued from slavery in the south in 1853.

The film's producers include actor Brad Pitt who had a supporting role.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in the movie.

The film's screenplay by John Ridley also won an Oscar.

Northup's real life story in Saratoga Springs was known, but not widely known before the film came out. There is a historical marker noting Northup’s life on Broadway in Saratoga Springs near Congress Park.