Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Feature
The Top Five Chiwetel Ejiofor Moments
The Oscar-nominated Brit's best bits

submit to reddit

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.

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3 4 5
  1 of 5 Next
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.

1 2 3 4 5
 
1 of 5
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1
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

2
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

3
Burgundy. Please, God, tell me I have not inspired something burgundy. More

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

4
http://ldmcmovie-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/ More

Posted by laurenfleming on Saturday January 18, 2014, 15:14

5
Thank the lord Serenity was in there More

Posted by MAXIMUS211 on Saturday January 18, 2014, 14:12

6
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

Posted by rdaggard on Saturday January 18, 2014, 03:45


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Empire 300th Issue: The Directors' Cut Cover
Spielberg, Whedon, Fincher, Abrams Mann and more take over

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)