Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of this year's 12 Years a Slave, was nominated for an Oscar in the best actor in a leading role category on Thursday morning, and nobody was happier for him than his sister, Zain Asher. Zain, a CNN reporter, shared a tearful reaction to her big brother's exciting news in a live interview today, telling her colleagues, "This was a day that my family has really been hoping for and waiting for for such a long time."
Zain went on to talk about how hard Chiwetel has worked in his acting career since the age of 13. She recalled listening to her brother recite Shakespeare lines as a kid, saying, "In the morning, he would be reciting Measure For Measure, and in the evening, it would be Othello." While fighting back tears, Zain added, "He's been acting for over 20 years, and so to finally see recognition for his work — I can't even describe the feeling."