20 January 2014

Nigeria: Thumbs Up For Chiwetel Ejiofor Oscar Nomination

Africa has made a strong showing at this year's Academy Awards. The brutal depiction of slavery in 12 Years a Slave secured a best actress ... ( Resource: Three Oscar Nominees for Africa )

As usual, all the films we thought were going to get nods got nods.

Oscar nominations have only just been announced and already the frontrunners are emerging.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, the Nigerian British actor is the bookies favourite to take home the Best Lead Actor Oscar award for his role in 12 Years A Slave, while the film itself looks set to win Best Picture.

The British actor is 8/13 favourite, ahead of Matthew McConaughey at 7/4, Leonardo DiCaprio at 8/1, Bruce Dern at 14/1 and outsider Christian Bale at 50/1 according to bookmaker William Hill.

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is 2/7 favourite to win the Best Picture Oscar ahead of American Hustle, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, Philomena , Nebraska and The Dallas Buyers Club.

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o are also nominated for their roles in 12 Years a Slave In the Best Actress category Cate Blanchett leads the field as favourite to win ahead of Gravity star Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Judi Dench and multiple Oscar winners Meryl Streep who is nominated for her role in August: Osage County.

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