Oscar nominations 'moment when dream came true'

British director Steve McQueen has said that it was "surreal" finding out that his film 12 Years A Slave had secured nine Oscar nominations.

McQueen added that "it was one of those moments where all your dreams and ambitions had come true".

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American Hustle and Gravity lead Oscar nominations

American Hustle and Gravity lead the Oscar nominations with 10 each. British films Philomena and 12 Years A Slave, directed by Londoner Steve McQueen, are both nominated for the best picture Oscar.