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12 Years A Slave shines at critics' awards

WINNING: 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen

STEVE MCQUEEN'S Oscar nominated drama 12 Years a Slave has scooped the most prizes at the London Critics' Circle Film awards yesterday.

The film, which has already enjoyed Golden Globe success and is tipped to shine at the Oscars, won film of the year while the film's star, Chiwetel Eijiofor was named actor of the year, and his co-star Lupita Nyong'o won best supporting actress.

Based on a true story, Steve McQueen said he “felt much love for this film,” which created “such interesting, stimulating debate”.

But as he celebrated yet another accolade, he declared that the review that meant the most to him was from his mother.

Asked whose praise was most important to him he said: “My mum, my mum above all!”

The awards took place exactly four weeks before the Oscars in Hollywood.


HONOURED: British actor Chiwetel Eijiofor was named actor of the year

12 Years a Slave is considered the front-runner for best picture, and it has nine nominations in total, including McQueen for best director.

It also has 10 nominations for the Bafta Film Awards, two weeks away on February 16.

Film critic Jason Solomons opened the awards at the May Fair hotel in London by paying tribute to the late actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman - who was last year named best supporting for his performance in The Master.

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THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

Film of the Year
12 Years a Slave

Foreign-language Film of the Year
Blue Is the Warmest Colour

Documentary of the Year
The Act of Killing

British Film of the Year
The Selfish Giant

Director of the Year
Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity

Screenwriter of the Year
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis

Actor of the Year
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave

Actress of the Year
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Supporting Actor of the Year
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips

Supporting Actress of the Year
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave

British Actor of the Year
James McAvoy - Filth / Trance / Welcome to the Punch

British Actress of the Year
Judi Dench - Philomena

Young British Performer of the Year
Conner Chapman - The Selfish Giant

Breakthrough British Filmmaker
Jon S Baird - Filth

Technical Achievement Award
Gravity - Tim Webber, special effects

Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film
Gary Oldman

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