VIDEO: The emotional moment when CNN reporter breaks down in tears after learning her brother has been nominated for an Oscar

Is this the most touching reaction to an Oscar nomination ever? CNN reporter breaks down live on television over brother's Best Actor nomination


by Kayleigh Dray |
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CNN reporter Zain Asher couldn't hold back her tears during a television interview after learning that her brother, Chiwetel Ejiofor, has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Her beautifully raw and heartfelt reaction surprised her colleagues - not least because many didn't even know she was related to the 12 Years a Slave actor.

This sister is DEFINITELY rooting for her big brother; check out the video below:

"This is a day my family has been hoping and waiting for for such a long time," she told told fellow CNN host Carol Costello after the network got wind of the connection.

"He’s been acting since he was thirteen years old, and he's worked so hard for this."

Fingers crossed for Chiwetel!

"This is a day my family has been hoping and waiting for for such a long time"

The actor himself released a statement after his nomination, which read:

Ejiofor released a statement following his nomination.

"At no point during filming, in the sweltering heat of New Orleans, did any of us ever foresee the journey this film would take us all on.

"Steve McQueen created an entire family to tell one man's tale and I am delighted that so many of this family have also been recognised today. I am hugely grateful to the Academy for this great honour, and, of course, to Solomon Northup for sharing his story through his breathtaking book."

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