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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o take prizes at awards celebrating diversity.

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave was the big winner at the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in London last night.

The period drama won Favourite International Movie (made by or starring British talent), beating competition from The Butler, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and House at the End of the Street.

Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Male Performance in a Film for his role in 12 Years a Slave, an award he previously picked up at the Screen Nation awards in 2003 for his role in Dirty Pretty Things.

Lupita Nyong’o, who co-starred alongside Ejiofor in McQueen’s period epic, picked up Favourite Female African Intl. Rising Screen Talent at the awards, which celebrate diversity in film and television.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom did not leave empty-handed as Naomie Harris was awarded Female Performance in Film.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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