Oscar Buzz for Sarah Paulson in '12 Years a Slave'

Movie is being lauded for its depiction of true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.
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Transcript for Oscar Buzz for Sarah Paulson in '12 Years a Slave'
We have an interview, now, with sarah paulson, known for her starring role in the series "american horror story." Now, she's in a critically acclaimed 12 years a slave. Amy sat down with her to talk about her busy year and this incredible role. 12 years a slave" tells the powerful and true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. It's a true story. The oscar buzz is deafening for this film. I saw it. I see why. For its electrifying star in this, sarah paulson. Take a look. Sarah paulson's two latest roles are earning her accolades. In "american horror story." Who is it? Reporter: And 12 years a slave." Master bought you to work. That's all. Reporter:12 years a slave." One in the best in history. The oscars. Have you thought about what it would be like to win? I've been doing this for a long time. I've never been in a movie nominated for an oscar. I've been in some big movies. This is a moment that's not lost on me. Reporter: In the pic, paulson plays mistress epps. I don't think I've played a villain ever. I would like to imagine that's because I'm not a villainous kind of gal. From an acting standpoint, it felt like a challenge. Reporter: The raw film is being praised as groundbreaking. Stay out. Reporter: Unfiltered portrayal of slavery. I feel like, you know, the hardest things in life to hold are the things that we should probably be investigating. And I think because it's an uglier time in our country's history, people don't want to look at it. Reporter: But it is a great story of hope, too. And the power of the human spirit. Reporter: Were these the most violent scenes you've ever participated in? They are the most violent scenes where I am inflicting. My character on "american horror story" I was on the receiving end. Reporter: Did that help you? It was a wild year to play two sides of the same coin. Reporter: The other side is core delia fox in "american horror story." She is the daughter of fiona good, played by jessica lange. I'm a good witch. And jessica's character is a very bad witch. We're at cross purposes. Reporter: What makes "american horror story" different? It's about like sitting on your couch and going on a wild ride that's sometimes quite implausible. But it's something we all kind of wish we could be witches and just desperately wishing you were a member of the coven. And how cool it all seems. Reporter: When she hangs up her hat and broom -- what happens when you're just sarah? A lot of "the real housewives." I really like teresa giudice. I'm a voracious leader. And I watch the "real housewives" franchise. That's what it's like on my downtime. How great is sarah paulson. A brilliant actress. She wanted that part in "12 years." She got it the old-fashioned way. She auditioned for it. And she is so grateful to DIRECTOR steve McQueen, who says he doesn't care if you're a big name, that you're the best for that role. I encourage everyone to see this movie. An important lesson in american history.

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