• ’12 Years A Slave’ Steals The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards With 5 Wins

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    Luptia Nyong’o, Steve McQueen

    Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has done it again! The awards season favorite took home five awards at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards today, the beachside ceremony held on the eve of the Oscars in Santa Monica, Calif. each year.

    According to reports, the slavery drama won best feature, best screenplay, best cinematography, best director for McQueen and best supporting actress for breakout star Lupita Nyong’o.

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    During her acceptance speech the now 31-year-old actress said, “Not a bad way to celebrate my birthday!” She dedicated the honor to her date for the day, her mother Dorothy. “That beautiful woman drove me to rehearsals every day after school,” she said. “Your love has driven me this far.”

    Other big winners included Matthew McConaughey, best lead male, and Jared Leto, best supporting male, for their roles in Dallas Buyers Club. Cate Blanchett also won best lead female for Blue Jasmine.

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    12 Years a Slave is nominated for nine Academy Awards at tomorrow night’s ceremony, trailing American Hustle and Gravity with 10 nods each.

    Take a look at all the big winners from the Independent Spirit Awards below!

    Best Feature: 12 Years a Slave

    Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

    Best Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska

    Best First Feature: Fruitvale Station

    Best First Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska

    John Cassavetes Award: This Is Martin Bonner

    Best Female Lead: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

    Best Male Lead: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

    Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

    Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

    Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave

    Best Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom

    Best International Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Robert Altman Award: Mud

    Piaget Producers Award: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston

    Someone to Watch Award: Shaka King, Newlyweeds

    Truer than Fiction Award: Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn

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