AFP
LOS ANGELES-Historical drama “12 Years a Slave” topped nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards announced Wednesday, as Hollywood’s annual prize-giving season gets into gear. The movie directed by Steve McQueen scored four nominations, followed by three each for “August: Osage County,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”  On the TV front, cult series “Breaking Bad” leads the race.
“12 Years a Slave” tells the story of Solomon Northup, a black man in 19th century New York state who is abducted and sold into slavery to work in the cotton fields.
Its nominations include for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture — the SAG equivalent of best picture Oscar — as well as nods for best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o and best supporting actor for Michael Fassbender. “To be recognized for a project that I feel so passionately about means a huge amount to me. For this recognition to be from my peers makes it even more poignant,” said Ejiofor, cited by industry journal Variety.