Here’s How Nervous White Actors Auditioned For “12 Years A Slave”

Fatimah Mazhar

Video via NBC

With the Academy Awards 2014 just hours away, this weekend’s Saturday Night Live took on Best Picture Oscar hopeful “12 Years a Slave”.

The gritty slavery drama leads the race for the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, as the film community gathers to honor smaller-budget and art house movies that are often strong contenders at the Academy Awards the next day, Reuters reported.

“The film has sparked a conversation on racial equality during awards season with its portrayal of the harsh, brutal reality of America's slavery history. It has become the frontrunner for Sunday's Oscars, where it will vie for the top races including best picture, actor and director.”

SNL welcomed the director of the movie, Steve McQueen (Kenan Thompson), to reveal the secrets of the casting process.

The audition tapes showed white actors being extremely nervous as they are forced to be ever more racist and cruel for their roles.

Watch the complete sketch in the video above.