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'12 Years a Slave' tops Chicago film critics nominees

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  • Steve McQueen's historical drama "12 Years a Slave" Friday won 11 nominations from the Chicago Film Critics, including best picture, director, supporting actress (for Lupita Nyong'o), supporting actor (for Michael Fassbender, left) and actor (for Chiwetel Ejofor, right). Winners will be announced Monday night.

      Steve McQueen's historical drama "12 Years a Slave" Friday won 11 nominations from the Chicago Film Critics, including best picture, director, supporting actress (for Lupita Nyong'o), supporting actor (for Michael Fassbender, left) and actor (for Chiwetel Ejofor, right). Winners will be announced Monday night.

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Steve McQueen's historical drama "12 Years A Slave" leads the contenders for the 2013 Chicago Film Critics awards with 11 nominations, including best picture.

The drama, an adaptation of the memoir of a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South, earned nods for McQueen for director, Chiwetel Ejiofor for actor, Michael Fassbender for supporting actor and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o for supporting actress plus promising performer.

Tying with seven nominations each were two visions of humans grappling with technology: "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron's visually stunning thriller about an outer space mission gone awry; and "Her," Spike Jonze's comic drama about a lonely man who develops a relationship with his computer's highly advanced operating system.

Both movies earned nominations for best picture and director, and in an unusual move, Scarlett Johansson was nominated for supporting actress for her voice-only performance as the "Her" operating system.

Among the other top nominees: "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel and Ethan Coen's look at a few days in the life of a troubled folk singer (nods for picture, director, actor Oscar Isaac); "American Hustle," David O. Russell's comedic look at the Abscam sting during the late 1970s (nods for picture, director and supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence); and "Blue is the Warmest Color," a powerful French drama (nods for foreign-language film, actress Adele Exarchopoulos and supporting actress Lea Seydoux).

Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and the documentary "The Act of Killing" each received three nominations. "The Wind Rises," the latest and reportedly final film from animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, received nominations for both foreign-language film and animated feature. (Interestingly, Miyazaki cowrote one of its competitors in the latter category, "From Up on Poppy Hill," directed by his son, Goro.)

Winners of the Chicago Film Critics awards will be announced Monday, Dec. 16, at Zia's Trattoria in Chicago. Go to chicagofilmcritics.org.

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