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'Slave' star Fassbender in line for BAFTA

Published 09/01/2014 | 02:30

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Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender (below) has been nominated for this year's BAFTAs as best supporting actor for his role in the movie '12 Years a Slave'.

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Fassbender's nomination is one of 10 for the film directed by Steve McQueen, who is also shortlisted for an award.

Co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o were nominated too. "I'm so thrilled and honoured to be nominated," said Kerry-born Fassbender.

"I am very proud to be part of this film and want to thank BAFTA for all the support they have shown us." He added that he was "immensely proud of the recognition this film is getting around the world".

McQueen's story of slavery in America's Deep South is tipped to dominate this year's awards season. But 'Gravity' leads this year's BAFTAs shortlist with 11 nominations, including Best Film and Best Actress for Sandra Bullock.

'Philomena', the film about Irishwoman Philomena Lee's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption, picked up four nominations.

Irish Independent

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