12 Years a Slave Earns 9 Oscar Nominations

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12 Years a Slave The Oscar nods are in and just as we had hoped, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has garnered a record NINE nominations.

Earlier this month, the film received 7 Golden Globe nominations and won the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama.

On Monday, it was announced that 12 Years earned nominations in the following Academy Award categories:

Best Director
Best Actor
Best Picture
Supporting Actress
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Film Editing
Writing Adapted Screenplay

According to an article by The Guardian, “the big prize – potentially greater than best film – would be a best director award for Steve McQueen. He would be the first black director ever to win, and will become only the third to be nominated – John Singleton became the first for Boyz n the Hood in 1992. Lee Daniels was nominated in 2009 for Precious, and may have once hoped for a nomination for this year’s The Butler, which now seems unlikely. Only nine British directors have won the prize.”

Biggest snub? Nothing for Oprah Winfrey or Forest Whitaker of Lee Daniels’ The Butler.