Motion Picture Nominees

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  • Outstanding Motion Picture

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    12 Years A Slave

    winner
    River Road/ Plan B/ New Regency/ Fox Searchlight Pictures

    12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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    Lee Daniels’ The Butler

    The Weinstein Company/Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions

    LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986.

    Mandela

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    The Weinstein Company/Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Path̩, Videovision Entertainment

    MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country.

    Fruitvale

    Fruitvale Station

    The Weinstein Company/Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project

    Writer/Director Ryan Coogler's FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on December 31, 2008 and decides to be a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer).

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    The Best Man Holiday

    Universal Pictures/ A Blackmaled/Sean Daniel Co. Production

    The Best Man Holiday is the long-awaited next chapter to the film, The Best Man, that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays.

  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

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    Forest Whitaker

    winner
    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (he Weinstein Company/Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
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    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    "12 Years A Slave" (River Road/ Plan B/ New Regency/ Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    IElba

    Idris Elba

    "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (The Weinstein Company/Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Path̩, Videovision Entertainment)
    MBJ

    Michael B. Jordan

    "Fruitvale Station" (The Weinstein Company/Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project)
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    Chadwick Boseman

    "42" (Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

    Bassett

    Angela Bassett

    winner
    "Black Nativity" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ Mavin Pictures/ Wonderful Films)
    Nicole-Beharie

    Nicole Beharie

    "42" (Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures)
    JHudson

    Jennifer Husdon

    "Winnie Mandela" (Ma-Afrika Films (PTY) LTD and Equinoxe Films Inc.)
    Halle

    Halle Berry

    "The Call" (TriStar Pictures)
    Kerry-Washington

    Kerry Washington

    "PEEPLES" (Lionsgate)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

    David-Oye

    David Oyelowo

    winner
    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (The Weinstein Company/Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
    Howard

    Terrence Howard

    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (The Weinstein Company/Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
    Cuba

    Cuba Gooding Jr.

    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (The Weinstein Company/Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
    Howard

    Terrence Howard

    "The Best Man Holiday" (Universal Pictures/ A Blackmaled/Sean Daniel Co. Production)
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    Morris Chestnut

    "The Best Man Holiday" (Universal Pictures/ A Blackmaled/Sean Daniel Co. Production)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

    Lupita

    Lupita Nyong’o

    winner
    "12 Years A Slave" (River Road/ Plan B/ New Regency/ Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    Oprah

    Oprah Winfrey

    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" (The Weinstein Company/Lee Daniels Entertainment, Laura Ziskin Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Pam Williams Productions)
    Octavia

    Octavia Spencer

    "Fruitvale Station" (The Weinstein Company/Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project)
    NHarris

    Naomie Harris

    "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (The Weinstein Company/Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures, Path̩, Videovision Entertainment)
    Alfree

    Alfre Woodard

    "12 Years A Slave" (River Road/ Plan B/ New Regency/ Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

    Fruitvale

    Fruitvale Station

    winner
    The Weinstein Compnay/Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions, OG Project

    Writer/Director Ryan Coogler's FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on December 31, 2008 and decides to be a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer).

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    Blue Caprice

    Sundance Selects

    Inspired by true events, BLUE CAPRICE investigates the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks from the point of view of the two perpetrators, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America.

    MisterPete

    The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

    Codeblack Films/Lionsgate/iDeal Partners/State Street

    From Codeblack Films and Lionsgate. During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister's (Brooks) hard-living mother (Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (Dizon) alone to forage for food,

    Ali

    The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    Kartemquin Films

    THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject's life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.

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    Dallas Buyers Club

    Focus Features

    Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof's story of strength is told in Dallas Buyers Club. Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life character, a son of Texas. In 1985, Ron is diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live.

  • Outstanding International Motion Picture

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    War Witch

    winner
    Item 7

    KOMONA , a 14 year old girl, tells her unborn child the story of how she became a rebel. It all began when she was 12; kidnapped by the rebel army, she was forced to carry a AK 47 and kill. Her only escape and friend is MAGICIAN, a 15 year old boy who wants to marry her.

    Call-Me-Ku

    Call Me Kuchu

    Lindy Hop Pictures LLC

    In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia.

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    La Playa D.C.

    ArtMattan Productions

    Tomas,an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country's Pacific coast pushed out by the war, faces the difficulties of growing up in a city of exclusion and racism.

    High-Tech

    High Tech, Low Life

    Argot Pictures

    HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE follows the journey of two of China's first citizen reporters as they travel the country - chronicling underreported news and social issues stories.

    Lion-Ark

    Lion Ark

    ADI Films

    More action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the world's most ambitious and daring animal rescue, with a narrative meticulously compiled from film, interviews, conversations and the reactions of participants as events actually unfold.

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