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UPI Almanac for Monday, March 24, 2014.
By United Press International
John Ridley denies feud with Steve McQueen

John Ridley denies feud with Steve McQueen

AUSTIN, Texas, March 10 (UPI) -- "12 Years a Slave" writer John Ridley has denied rumors of a feud between himself and the film's director, Steve McQueen.
Annie Martin
Academy members admit to voting for '12 Years a Slave' without watching it

Academy members admit to voting for '12 Years a Slave' without watching it

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- At least a couple of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have admitted they voted for "12 Years a Slave" without watching it.
Veronica Linares
Oscar winners John Ridley and Steve McQueen are reportedly feuding over '12 Years a Slave'

Oscar winners John Ridley and Steve McQueen are reportedly feuding over '12 Years a Slave'

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- John Ridley and Steve McQueen won Oscar awards Sunday night, but failed to thank or acknowledge each other.
Kate Stanton
'12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' strike Academy Award gold

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' strike Academy Award gold

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- "12 Years a Slave," the story of a free man sold into slavery and his fight to regain his freedom, took the top prize at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Michael Fassbender thanks McQueen for launching career

Michael Fassbender thanks McQueen for launching career

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen are a match made in movie heaven.
Gabrielle Levy
'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' 'Slave' lead a competitive Oscar field

'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' 'Slave' lead a competitive Oscar field

"Gravity" and "American Hustle" go into Sunday's Oscar race in Los Angeles with 10 nods apiece, while "12 Years a Slave" is close behind with nine nominations.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Fassbender says he was 'in tears' reading '12 Years a Slave' script

Fassbender says he was 'in tears' reading '12 Years a Slave' script

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender says he and his frequent collaborator, Steve McQueen, were on the promotion trail for their celebrated 2011 sex-addiction drama "Shame" when the British film director first mentioned he wanted Fassbender to appear in his next project, "12 Years a Slave."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'12 Years a Slave' director receives accolades from UN secretary-general

'12 Years a Slave' director receives accolades from UN secretary-general

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Director Steve McQueen received accolades from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his film, "12 Years a Slave."
JC Finley
Paulson calls acting in '12 Years a Slave' a life-changing experience

Paulson calls acting in '12 Years a Slave' a life-changing experience

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Actress Sarah Paulson says working alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o on the harrowing historical drama, "12 Years a Slave," was an intense, career-changing learning experience she will never forget.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Oscars 2014: A Brief Look at the Nominees

Oscars 2014: A Brief Look at the Nominees

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A brief look at some of this year's Academy Award contenders.
Annie Martin

'12 Years a Slave' wins four awards at NAACP Image Awards

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Kevin Hart was named Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California, the event organizers said.
Oscar nominees attend luncheon at the Beverly Hilton

Oscar nominees attend luncheon at the Beverly Hilton

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Pharrell Williams, Bono and Jared Leto attended the Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif.
'Gravity,' 'Hustle' each earn 10 Oscar nominations

'Gravity,' 'Hustle' each earn 10 Oscar nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the field with 10 nods apiece when Oscar nominations were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
'12 Years a Slave' wins Best Drama Film Golden Globe

'12 Years a Slave' wins Best Drama Film Golden Globe

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The 19th century Louisiana-set epic "12 Years a Slave" was named Best Drama Film at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.
'Gravity' leads with 11 British Film Award nominations

'Gravity' leads with 11 British Film Award nominations

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Director Alfonso Cuaron's space epic "Gravity" earned 11 nominations for British Academy Film Awards in London Wednesday.
Cuaron, Greegrass hailed by Directors Guild of America

Cuaron, Greegrass hailed by Directors Guild of America

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Alfonso Cuaron, Paul Greengrass, Steve McQueen, David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese were nominated Tuesday for the Directors Guild of America's top honor.

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steve McQueen win at Palm Springs Gala

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- More than 2,100 people showed up for the Palm Springs Gala in California to see Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and others receive awards.
At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'12 Years a Slave,' 'American Hustle' up for 13 Critics' Choice Awards

'12 Years a Slave,' 'American Hustle' up for 13 Critics' Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" tied with 13 nods each when the Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations were announced Monday in Los Angeles.
'12 Years a Slave' star, director react to Golden Globe nominations

'12 Years a Slave' star, director react to Golden Globe nominations

Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and director Steve McQueen react to their film's seven Golden Globe nominations.
Kate Stanton
'American Hustle' earns New York Film Critics Circle's top honor

'American Hustle' earns New York Film Critics Circle's top honor

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The New York Film Critics Circle Tuesday voted "American Hustle" the Best Picture of 2013.
'12 Years a Slave' leads field with 7 Independent Spirit Award nods

'12 Years a Slave' leads field with 7 Independent Spirit Award nods

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Director Steve McQueen's epic "12 Years a Slave" led the field with seven nods, including Best Feature, when nominations were announced in Los Angeles.

Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury get honorary Oscars

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury and Steve Martin accepted honorary Oscars at the Academy's Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood.
12 Years a Slave filmmaker talks modern slavery

12 Years a Slave filmmaker talks modern slavery

Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Steve McQueen's new film is a historical story based on the life of a real man. It has been called a "masterpiece" and "the best film of 2013," but to McQueen, the most important thing about 12 Years a Slave is that its story isn't just about the past.
Gabrielle Levy
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