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Oprah gets Best Supporting Actress BAFTA nod for The Butler

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What do you give to a girl who has everything? In the case of media mogul Oprah Winfrey, a BAFTA or an Oscar might hit the spot, especially given that the former talk show queen has never been awarded either before and no amount of money will buy what talent alone can earn.

Now it looks as if the 59-year-old billionaire may be one step closer to nabbing one or both of the coveted awards, with the announcement of her nomination in the BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) Best Supporting Actress category for her portrayal of Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

The Butler, the true story of a long-time White House butler during the civil rights era, is Oprah’s third major film outing as an actress. Other roles include 1998’s Beloved and 1985’s The Color Purple, which earned her an Oscar nomination.

Winfrey recently received her first ever Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination for her performance opposite Best Actor nominee Forest Whitaker in The Butler, but insisted she wasn’t attempting to garner a nomination as much as she was just trying to not humiliate herself in front of the other actors.

“For someone who was trying not to embarrass myself, it is amazing,” she told E!

“The best part is it is a jury of your peers,” Winfrey said. “It’s people who do this for a living—don’t make me cry now!—It’s people who do this for a living saying we’re going to give you a vote. We think what you did deserves this.”

Oprah will face stiff competition from Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o and British actress Sally Hawkins for the BAFTA award.

This year’s BAFTA nominations were announced on Wednesday morning by Harry Potter’s Helen McCrory and Hobbit star Luke Evans

Top movie Gravity has scored with eleven nominations. Sandra Bullock received a nod for Leading Actress for her role as a courageous astronaut in the space odyssey which is also nominated for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

12 Years a Slave and American Hustle follow closely behind and are each nominated in ten categories while Captain Phillips has nine.

Racking up the nominations: Chat show host Oprah Winfrey has been nominated in BAFTA Best Supporting Actress category for her portrayal of Gloria Gaines in The Butler

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