The awards season continues to be kind to "12 Years a Slave." The film is nominated for a best picture award and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o are up for best actor and best supporting actress awards, respectively. Director Steve McQueen is also up for a best director award.
Also of note: "20 Feet From Stardom," Morgan Neville’s excellent documentary about backup singers, is up for a best documentary award. And Jeremy Scahill’s "Dirty Wars" is also up for an award in the same category.
Despite "12 Years a Slave’s" presence on this year’s awards circuit, Hollywood’s biggest stage is still overwhelmingly white. My colleague Stacia L. Brown recently wrote over at Salon that people of color are still often snubbed when it comes to actually winning in the big categories.