Shadow and Act is reporting that British actor Chewitel Ejiofor (Nigeria) was nominated for 2014 Golden Globe award for the best actor in a film category for his performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. British director McQueen (Grenada) and Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o (Mexico) were also nominated — McQueen for best director and Nyong’o for best supporting actress. American screenwriter John Ridley was also nominated for a best screenplay award for 12 Years a Slave. British actor Idris Elba (SierraLeone/Ghana) received a nomination for best actor for his portrayal of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Ejiofor and Elba were also nominated for best actor in a miniseries Luther and Savannah, respectively. Elba took home the award last year for Luther.
Somalian-American actor Barkhad Abdi received a best supporting actor nod for his portrayal of a pirate in Captain Phillips. Americans Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle received nominations for their roles in ABC‘s smash hit Scandal and Showtime’s hit House of Lies. Cheadle won the 2013 best actor in a television series Golden Globe last year.
While there were many reasons to celebrate, Americans Forrest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels received no Golden Globe nominations for the critically-acclaimed film The Butler. British actress Naomie Harris (Jamaica/Trinidad) was also overlooked for her portrayal as Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
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