McQueen: Oscar nominations 'testament to hard work'

Receiving nine Oscar nominations for 12 Years A Slave is a "testament to all our hard work", British director Steve McQueen told the Hollywood Reporter.

British director Steve McQueen nominated for the best director Oscar. Credit: Hubert Boesl/DPA/Press Association Images

McQueen said: "I'm extraordinarily happy for all the cast and crew of our 12 Years a Slave family. This has been an amazing ride, and to receive nine nominations from the Academy is testament to all of the hard work. And for that I am truly grateful."

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