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British friends Ejiofor, Elba vie for Golden Globes

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 02:00

Dec. 13 - Nominated for two Golden Globes, British actors and friends Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba lead the Best Actor nominations for next year's Golden Globes. Joel Flynn reports.

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In a remarkable year for films, it's a backdrop to an awards show with a storyline all of its own. British actors and friends Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba are up against each other in two Golden Globe categories - and that includes the coveted Best Actor award. "12 Years a Slave" lead Ejiofor has been widely acclaimed for his performance as Solomon Northrup - a free man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold to slavery. The Londoner said he was delighted to be vying for a Globe with his fellow Londoner. SOUNDBITE: Actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, saying (English): "You know I'm really happy for Idris. I think we're up against each other in both categories, so that's just amazing... I'm excited. Idris always likes to say that we started our careers on the same day, when we auditioned for "Amistad", the Spielberg movie, years ago, so it's great to see it come to this." Elba is nominated for his role as the late Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom". The Hackney thespian's star has quickly risen in recent years - something he says he's incredibly grateful for. SOUNDBITE: Actor, Idris Elba, saying (English): "It's a blessing, it's a massive blessing, you know, to sort of see, after a long time of working as an actor and just trying to job, to get to a place where you're getting recognition, but I tell you what, man, it's harder work, and it's deeper work, and you know it stretches me more, so I'm loving it, you know, I'm loving it." David O Russell's "American Hustle" joins "12 Years a Slave" in leading the Globe nominations with seven tips each. The British have been well represented again at this years Globes, especially in the Best Actress Category. The Golden Globes will be held on January 12.

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British friends Ejiofor, Elba vie for Golden Globes

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 02:00