Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o take prizes at awards celebrating diversity.

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave was the big winner at the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in London last night.

The period drama won Favourite International Movie (made by or starring British talent), beating competition from The Butler, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and House at the End of the Street.

Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Male Performance in a Film for his role in 12 Years a Slave, an award he previously picked up at the Screen Nation awards in 2003 for his role in Dirty Pretty Things.

Lupita Nyong’o, who co-starred alongside Ejiofor in McQueen’s period epic, picked up Favourite Female African Intl. Rising Screen Talent at the awards, which celebrate diversity in film and television.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom did not leave empty-handed as Naomie Harris was awarded Female Performance in Film.

Biyi Bandele’s Half of A Yellow Sun was named Best African Film.

As previously announced, late comedian Felix Dexter was posthumously honoured with the Edric Connor Inspiration award, and the Outstanding Contribution award was given to Bill Duke.


Classic Movie award
Do The Right Thing

Classic TV (Intl.)
The Cosby Show

Classic TV (UK)

The Edric Connor Inspiration
Felix Dexter (posthumous)

Outstanding Contribution award
Bill Duke


Diversity in Factual Production
First Amongst Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story - ITV1

Diversity in Drama Production
Run - C4

Independent Spirit Film Production
Gone Too Far - Destiny Ekaragha      

Favourite Black Channel

Favourite International Movie (made by or starring British talent)
12 Years a Slave


Favourite Nigerian (New Nollywood) Film (Released in Nigeria and/or premiered in UK/Online)
Flower Girl

Favourite Female African Intl. Rising Screen Talent
Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years A Slave, Shuga

Favourite Male African Intl. Rising Screen Talent
Alex Ekubo (Nigeria) 

Best African Film
Half of A Yellow Sun - Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/UK


Rising Talent
Javone Prince - PhoneShop, Plebs, Quick Cuts  

Young Shooting Star (16-25)
Adelayo Adedayo - Some Girls, Gone Too Far

Favourite Female TV Star
Chizzy Akudolu - Holby City

Favourite Male TV Star
Jimmy Akingbola – Holby

Female Performance in Film
Naomie Harris - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Skyfall

Male Performance in Film
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave  

Female Performance in TV
Sharon Duncan Brewster - Top Boy, The Bible, The Mimic  

Male Performance in TV
Idris Elba – Luther