Oscars: '12 Years a Slave's' John Ridley Wins for Best Adapted Screenplay

8:44 PM PST 03/02/2014 by Kanika Lal
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John Ridley

'12 Years a Slave' screenwriter John Ridley thanked cast and crew including co-producer Jeremy Kleiner: "Jeremy, you made the film happen," said Ridley.

John Ridley's 12 Years a Slave took home his first Oscar award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The award was presented by Robert De Niro and Penelope Cruz.

During his speechRidley praised Solomon Northup and thanked the entire crew and cast as well as Fox Searchlight. The Oscar winner honored co-producer Jeremy Kleiner and said to him, "You made the film happen." Ridley praised Solomon Northup and thanked the entire crew and cast as well as Fox Searchlight. The Oscar winner honored co-producer Jeremy Kleiner and said to him, "You made the film happen." 

The Oscar winner was responsible in crafting the original story of Solomon Northup and turned it into a dramatic account of slavery during the pre-Civil war movement. 

Directed by Steve McQueen, the film stars Chiwetel EjioforLupita Nyong'oBrad PittMichael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch.

THR caught up with John Ridley at the Indie Spirit Awards who gets emotional as he talked about the accolades he's won over the years. Watch the video below.

Ridley won the Oscar against contenders John Pope and Steve Coogan for Philomena, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, Billy Ray for Captain Phillips and Terence Winter for The Wolf of Wall Street.

The award-winning screenwriter is also the author of seven novels and three graphic novels. His well-known work includes Oliver Stone‘s U-TurnDavid O. Russell’s Three Kings and the George Lucas-produced Red Tails.

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