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LOS ANGELES - The race to Oscar has officially begun, as the slavery exploration "12 Years a Slave" was nominated Tuesday for a leading seven Spirit Awards, which honor independent film.
Actors wait a lifetime for a role as rich as that of Solomon Northup, a 19th-century free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery and later wrote a memoir about the experience.