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12 Years A Slave, Oscar frontrunners sweep Spirit Awards

Published on Mar 2, 2014 10:11 AM

SANTA MONICA, California (REUTERS) - Harrowing slavery drama 12 Years A Slave swept the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday with five wins, just one day ahead of the Oscar ceremony on Sunday.

12 Years A Slave won five of its seven nominations at the awards show for independent movies made on small budgets, including the top award for best feature.

Oscar frontrunners Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o also took home Spirit Award trophies on the eve of the movie industry's biggest honours.

12 Years A Slave producer-director Steve McQueen dedicated the best picture Spirit Award to lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and supporting star Michael Fassbender, who were both nominated but did not win.

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