12 Years a Slave Earns Three Gotham Film Award Nominations

The actors in the Steve McQueen-directed slave drama are recognized.

Posted: 10/25/2013 09:45 AM EDT
12 Years a Slave

The 2013 awards season is in full swing and the film 12 Years a Slave has already been pegged as being among the best movies of the year. The historical piece landed three nominations from the Gotham Independent Film Awards. They include nods to 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor for best actor and co-star Lupita Nyong’O for breakthrough actress.

The film, which also stars Brad Pitt, Michael K. Williams and Alfre Woodard and is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, also earned a nomination for best feature.

Other Gotham Independent Film Award nominees include Isaiah Washington, who received a nod for best actor for the film Blue Caprice. Michael B. Jordan is a breakthrough actor nominee for Fruitvale Station while the movie’s helmer, Ryan Coogler, landed a breakthrough director nomination. Forest Whitaker is slated to receive this year’s actor’s tribute.


The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be handed out on December 2 in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street. To see the full list of nominations, click here.

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