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McQueen to receive Hollywood award

Steve McQueen is set to be honoured at the Hollywood Film Awards, with the prize for breakout director.

The British filmmaker, who is behind 12 Years A Slave, Shame and Hunger, will be presented with his award at the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton on October 21, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o, who makes her big-screen debut in 12 Years A Slave, will be given the New Hollywood Award for her performance.

Steve follows in the footsteps of former winners Ben Affleck, Paul Haggis, Lee Daniels and Dustin Hoffman, while previous recipients of the New Hollywood Award include Robert Pattinson, Gabourey Sidibe, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and Quvenzhane Wallis.

The Hollywood Film Awards founder Carlos de Abreu said: "We look forward to celebrating this exceptionally talented director and actress for their outstanding work and creative vision."

Steve's latest film 12 Years A Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch, is a drama based on the real-life tale of a man deceived and sold into slavery in mid-19th century America.

The film, which was awarded the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be screened at the London Film Festival, is a hotly tipped contender for the 2014 Oscars.

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