Oscar nominations for Newham’s Ejiofor

PUBLISHED: 13:50 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:17 16 January 2014

Newham actor Chiwetel Ejiofor

Newham actor Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Chiwetel Ejiofor has been nominated in the Best Actor category.

Ejiofor, who was born in Forest Gate, starred as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave.

His nomination for Best Actor follows last week’s BAFTA nod in the same category.

The film picked up nine Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film.

The category will see him compete against Leonardo Di Caprio and Christian Bale, as well as Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey.

Fellow Newham actor Idris Elba, who played Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, misses out.

The film only received one nomination for Best Original Song.

The 86th Academy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on March 6.

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