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The Top Five Chiwetel Ejiofor Moments
The Oscar-nominated Brit's best bits

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Pride of London’s Forest Gate, Chiwetel Ejiofor is up for his first Academy Award at this year’s Oscars – and richly deserved it is too, even if it made his sister cry. As Solomon Northrup, a free man who is kidnapped and forced into labour on a Louisiana plantation, he is 12 Years A Slave’s standout turn, no mean feat considering the cast. But as our career highlights guide illustrates, he’s been terrific for as long as we can remember. A warm, serious-minded man, his name will tiptoe tentatively across many pairs of lips between now and Oscars night – hey, it’s easy with our handy pronunciation guide– and if yours is one of them you’ll need our quickfire run-through to swot up on his best moments.

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CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)

Chiwetel Eiofor, Children Of Men

Oscars night could see an impromptu Children Of Men get together, with Ejiofor, director Alfonso Cuarón, DP Emmanuel Lubezki and VFX supervisor Tim Webber all in attendance. In our minds at least, they’d chat about that sequence, and Ejiofor would have a bit of a grumble about getting showered in all that blood and glass. They could also reflect on how Cuarón’s grungy take on P. D. James’ sci-fi parable of immigration has become more and more pertinent with every Daily Mail front cover. Dispossession, repression and freedom are themes Ejiofor has returned to repeatedly in his career, and he’s terrific in the small but critical role of a tortured activist.

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Another vote for Red Belt. Great film. He was inspiring all the way through that mother. More

Posted by old_owl on Wednesday January 22, 2014, 13:48

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Also thought he was great as the bad guy in Four Brothers. Did some serious scenery chewing from what I remember. More

Posted by Bliff on Tuesday January 21, 2014, 17:58

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Burgundy. Please, God, tell me I have not inspired something burgundy. More

Posted by burntcopper on Monday January 20, 2014, 13:26

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Thank the lord Serenity was in there More

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A little disappointed to not see Red Belt here. Sure it's lesser Mamet and didn't get any attention, but CE really gave that role of a samurai-like zen master a lot of humanity and beauty. More

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