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'12 Years A Slave' Poised For Spirit Awards Wins, Ahead Of Oscars

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March 01, 2014 AT 10:18 AM
Gritty slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" leads the race for the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, as the film community gathers to honor smaller-budget and art house movies that are often strong contenders at the Academy Awards the next day. Directed by Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" earned seven Spirit nominations including best feature, director, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and best supporting nods for Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o. It has become the frontrunner for Sunday's Oscars.