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Milwaukee native earns Golden Globe nomination for "Twelve Years a Slave" screenplay

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The historical drama "Twelve Years a Slave" was tied for the most Golden Globe nominations Thursday with seven -- and a Milwaukee native got one of those nominations.  

John Ridley Jr. was recognized for his screenplay of "Twelve Years a Slave." It's the story of a free black man who was abducted and later sold as a slave.  

Critics call it the most unblinking portrait of the slavery era. Among its other nominations was for Best Picture.  

The comedy "American Hustle" also received seven Golden Globe nominations.

"Behind the Candelabra," the HBO drama about West Milwaukee native Liberace, was given four nominations. They included Best Mini-series or Motion Picture for Television.  

The Golden Globes will be handed out on January 12th.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)