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Chiwetel Ejiofor's reporter sister cries on-air after Oscar nomination

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Chiwetel Ejiofor's sister cried on air over his Oscar nomination.

Zain Asher is a news reporter for CNN and spoke of her delight that her brother had been nominated for Best Actor for his role in 12 Years a Slave.


When asked about Ejiofor, she replied: "Chiwetel - he's been acting since he's 13 years old and - oh my god! I told myself I wasn't going to cry. I do feel so emotional now."

She added: "Growing up with him, he was always in his bedroom practising Shakespeare lines, writing Shakespeare on the wall.

"I would go out with my friends and I would come home and in the morning he'd be reciting Measure for Measure and in the evening it would be Othello. He's just somebody who's really dedicated."

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave'

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave


Ejiofor is up against Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Christian Bale (American Hustle) at the Oscars.

The 2014 Academy Awards will be held on March 2 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre and broadcast live on ABC.

Who should win Best Actor at the 2014 Oscars?
Christian Bale in American Hustle9.61%
Bruce Dern in Nebraska1.67%
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street42.17%
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave33.05%
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club13.50%


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