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Octavia Spencer overcome by emotion

Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer was overcome by emotion as she announced her movie Fruitvale Station had been nominated for a string of awards.

The film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, who died after a fatal encounter with police officers at a San Francisco subway station.

Octavia, who won an Academy Awards for her role in The Help, stars as Oscar's mother in the independent film.

She was joined by 2 Gun stars Paula Patton to announce the nominees for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles and broke down in tears as she revealed director Ryan Coogler's nod for best first feature.

Michael B. Jordan, who stars as Oscar Grant, was recognised in the best male lead category and his co-star Melonie Diaz received a nomination for best supporting female.

Speaking after the nominations announcement, Octavia said: "I am thrilled. This movie means a lot to me and I am so proud of everybody who worked behind the scenes and in front of the scenes.

"It all started with Ryan and he brought me and Michael and Melonie and the entire group on board so to see everybody getting that recognition is so wonderful."

Nebraska, 12 Years A Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha and Inside Llewyn Davis all received nods in the best feature category and Octavia said she was a big fan of this year's output.

"This is a great year for film. I loved 12 Years A Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena and Blue Caprice."

The awards ceremony will take place on the beach in Santa Monica, California on March 1 2014.

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