Thursday, 30 January 2014

Movie: 12 Years a Slave gets 10 Bafta nominations

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave has been nominated for 10 awards at the Baftas.

The movie, which is heavily tipped for the Oscars, picked up nominations for McQueen and three of its stars and is in the running to be named best film.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery in America’s deep south, is nominated for the leading actor gong while co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender are nominated for supporting actress and actor respectively.

Ejiofor, who grew up in London, said: “I continue to be immensely proud of the recognition this film is getting around the world. There is, of course, something particularly special about receiving a Bafta nomination from home.”

Nyong’o’s nomination comes days after she was named among the contenders for Bafta’s rising star award which is decided by public vote.

The other contenders for best film include Philomena, Captain Phillips, American Hustle and Gravity.

Ejiofor faces competition for the leading actor gong from veteran Bruce Dern for his role in Nebraska and Hollywood stars Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

Today’s nominations were announced at Bafta’s HQ in central London by Hobbit star Luke Evans and Helen McCrory from the Harry Potter films.

Dame Judi Dench is nominated for the leading actress award for her role in Philomena which is based on the true story of a woman’s search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland.

She is in the running with American Hustle’s Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson and Sandra Bullock for Gravity.

Film critic Mark Kermode said he expected the outer space drama to provide the main competition to 12 Years A Slave for prizes.

He said: “The nice surprise has been, in the case of 12 Years A Slave, not only has it been nominated for best film, best director, you’ve got a best supporting actor nomination for Lupita Nyong’o, who’s terrific, and just a couple of days ago got a nomination for the Bafta Rising Star award so that’s two nominations for her. Great to see Chiwetel Ejiofor nominated for best actor, his performance is absolutely outstanding, although he’s up against Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips - that’s going to be a pretty tough title fight.

“When it comes to wins you’re looking at 12 Years A Slave and Gravity. American Hustle has done well numerically in the nominations, I’d be surprised if it did as well when it comes to the awards themselves.”

The event, formally known as the EE British Academy Film Awards, is held in London on Sunday February 16.

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  1. My best movie of the year... Love it and hate how it's ends

  2. I love the movie, but the story refereed to we black makes me feel bad