Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Keira Knightley roots for Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actress Keira Knightley talks about '12 Years A Slave' star Chiwetel Ejiofor

Keira Knightley roots for Chiwetel Ejiofor (© IANS)

Los Angeles: Keira Knightley is hoping that her 'Love Actually' co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor will win the best actor in a leading role category at the 86th Academy Awards for his performance as Solomon Northup in the movie '12 Years A Slave'.

Ejiofor is up against Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and Bruce Dern.

"I loved '12 Years A Slave' so that would be my favourite. I worked with Chiwetel and he is such a phenomenal actor. He is one of the actor's actors. So I think it is wonderful that he is getting the recognition that he's deserved for such a long time," Knightley said in a statement.

Set in the 1900s '12 Years A Slave', directed by Steve McQueen, is the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery.

'12 Years A Slave' will hit screens in India on Friday.

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