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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Sister, CNN’s Zain Asher Breaks Down Over His Oscar Nomination

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Chiwetel Ejofor’s sister, CNN reporter, Zain Asher broke down in tears on Thursday when discussing her brother’s Oscar nomination.

“Honestly, I could not sleep last night. I really couldn’t,” Asher said while on live television. “This was so emotional for me because … I’m going to try not to cry … This was a day that my family has really been hoping for and waiting for, for such a long time. 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,” the reporter said as she began breaking down.

“He’s worked so hard for this and growing up with him he was always in his bedroom practicing Shakespeare lines, writing Shakespeare on the wall. I would go out with my friends and I would come home and in the morning he would be reciting Measure for Measure and in the evening it would be Othello.”

“He’s someone who’s really dedicated and an actor’s actor. He’s been acting for over 20 years, and so to finally see recognition for his work … I can’t even describe the feeling.”

On Thursday morning, it was announced that Chiwetel was nominated for his role as Solomon Northup in Steven McQueen’s, 12 Years a Slave. Joining the actor in the category for “Best Actor in a Leading Role:” Christain Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street and Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club. 

“There’s so many amazing actors and so he’s in good company,” Asher explained. “You just never know how these things are going to go and so yesterday was very emotional for me, my mother, both of my brothers and sister, so I wasn’t really sure when I was watching the nominations what was going to happen.”

After the nominees were announced, Ejiofor released the following statement: “At no point during filming, in the sweltering heat of New Orleans, did any of us ever foresee the journey this film would take us all on. Steve McQueen created an entire family to tell one man’s tale and I am delighted that so many of this family have also been recognized today. I am hugely grateful to the Academy for this great honour, and, of course, to Solomon Northup for sharing his story through his breathtaking book.”

McQueen’s adaptation of the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup garnered nine Oscar nominations total, including “Best Picture.”

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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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