12 Years A Slave has been given yet another big Oscar boost after landing three nominations for the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association's 2014 Dorian Awards.
Director Steve MCQueen's acclaimed movie's haul from Hollywood's gay community, includes Film of the Year.
The drama will go up against American Hustle, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her and Laurence Anyways.
12 Years' star Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for Film Performance of the Year - Actor, and his co-star Lupita Nyong'o will compete for the Film Performance of the Year - Actress award.
The two will face off with Hollywood heavyweights including Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jared Leto and Matthew MCConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), James Franco (Spring Breakers), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color).
In television, Orange Is the New Black, American Horror Story: Coven, Behind the Candelabra, Breaking Bad and Mad Men will compete for TV Drama of the Year, while The Big Bang Theory, Getting On, Girls, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Modern Family and Veep will duke it out for TV Comedy of the Year.
Among the small screen actors up for Best Performance awards are Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Meanwhile, veteran comedienne Lily Tomlin, who wed her longtime partner Jane Wagner on New Year's Eve (31Dec13), will receive the Timeless Star accolade, which is given to "an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit."
The awards will be announced on 21 January (14), with a formal ceremony to be held in Hollywood on 9 March (14).
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