‘12 Years a Slave’ tops Spirit Awards nominations

Associated Press   – Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from “12 Years A Slave.” The film was nominated for a Spirit Award for best feature on Tuesday. The Spirit Awards will take place March 1.
  • Oscar Isaac (from left), Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver in a scene from “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The film was nominated for a Spirit Award for best feature on Tuesday.
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    Oscar Isaac (from left), Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver in a scene from “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The film was nominated for a Spirit Award for best feature on Tuesday.

  • Will Forte as David Grant (left) and Bruce Dern as Woody Grant in a scene from the film “Nebraska,” about a booze-addled father who makes to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. The film was nominated for a Spirit Award for best feature on Tuesday.
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    Will Forte as David Grant (left) and Bruce Dern as Woody Grant in a scene from the film “Nebraska,” about a booze-addled father who makes to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. The film was nominated for a Spirit Award for best feature on Tuesday.

LOS ANGELES — The race to the Oscars has officially begun, as “12 Years a Slave” was nominated for seven Spirit Awards.

The Steve McQueen-directed drama is up for best feature, best director, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofer, supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender, and John Ridley for best cinematography and screenplay.

Also in the running for best feature is Alexander Payne’s comedy “Nebraska” along with thriller “All is Lost,” Greta Gerwig starring “Frances Ha” and the Cohen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Julie Delpy and Cate Blanchett received female lead nominations Tuesday, while Robert Redford and Matthew McConaughey round out the best male lead.

Nominees will gather in Santa Monica on March 1 to collect their awards. The Spirit Awards will air that night on IFC.