Chiwetel Ejiofor attends the 12 Years a Slave movie premiere in Paris.

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The historical drama goes up against American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity and Philomena in the Best Film category.

Derrick Bryson Taylor
Jan, 08, 2014

The road to the Academy Awards looks quite promising for the cast of 12 Years a Slave.

Today, the film earned an impressive 10 British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, reports Variety.

12 Years a Slave picked up nods in the following categories: Best Film, Director (Steve McQueen), Adapted Screenplay, Leading Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Original Music, Cinematography, Editing and Production Design.

Earlier this week it was announced that Lupita Nyong'o was nominated for the EE Rising Star Award in which the public will decide the winner.

Other notable nominees include Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) for Supporting Actress.

The BAFTAs are scheduled to be held on February 16th in London's Royal Opera House.