Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this slavery biopic that follows the true story of Solomon Northup, a black man born free who is tricked into slavery.
Los Angeles - The film 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen topped nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) gongs announced on Wednesday, as Hollywood's annual awards season gets into gear.
The movie scored four nominations, followed by three each for August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels' The Butler, while 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.
The other best film nominees are American Hustle, August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club, and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Best actress nominees are Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Sandra Bullock for Gravity, Judi Dench for Philomena, Meryl Streep for August: Osage County, and Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks.
In the best actor race, Ejiofor is up against Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Forest Whitaker for Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Hollywood's awards season gets into full swing on Thursday with the announcement of nominees for the Golden Globes, while nominations for the Oscars will be revealed on 16 January.
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