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CHIWETEL EJIOFOR - 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years A Slave

WHY HE WILL WIN WHY HE WON'T WIN
1. As the horrified figure at the heart of the film, Ejiofor’s unfailing ability to communicate Solomon Northup’s horror, stoicism and moments of despair with barely the twitch of an eye carries us through, giving us a shining moral light in a despicable time. 1. Ejiofor’s very subtlety may count against him, since Academy voters tend to favour performances they can get their teeth into.
2. He’s been nominated all over the place, and received the best reviews on an already-respected career for his turn here. He also won the BAFTA in this category. 2. The big awards have been going to McConaughey, with Ejiofor only taking prizes from smaller critics groups aside from that BAFTA - and there he had both home-field advantage and the fact that McConaughey wasn't nominated going for him.
3. Ejiofor’s just the sort of actor who deserves an Oscar; someone who’s been brilliant in basically everything and who here turns in a standout performance even by his standards. The Academy doesn’t want to turn around in 20 years and realise they never gave this guy an Oscar. 3. Ejiofor is a little more self-effacing than your average Oscar contender and – we suspect – won’t be relentlessly glad-handing all and sundry in an attempt to get the vote out. That could hurt his chances.

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1 If OSCAR knows what's good for him he'll give it all away to Ejiofor.
Surprised the big black elephant in the room was left un-adressed with regards to Ejiofor and 12 Years. Taking nothing away from his brilliance and in no way an attempt to detract from the value of the movie itself, the film's role as the long-awaited slavery period piece as brought to life and poetry by a black man (the same goes for Steve McQueen) is surely the nail in the coffin for everyone else? 'Slavery's Schindler's' simply can't be allowed to pass by without being properly ordained by the academy. There may not be a film like it again. There hasn't been another Schindler's List, suggesting the one time round where they nailed it was more than enough for one lifetime. 12 Years A Slave is the slavery film of slavery films, and it's pretty fucking good (which is more than could be said for Argo). What more reason needs the academy to give McQueen and Ejiofor their merits as representatives of blacks the world over who made a great film about slavery, when Peter Jackson got as muchMore

Posted by RyanShanks on Tuesday January 28, 2014, 23:58

2 If OSCAR knows what's good for him he'll give it all away to Ejiofor.
Surprised the big black elephant in the room was left un-adressed with regards to Ejiofor and 12 Years. Taking nothing away from his brilliance and in no way an attempt to detract from the value of the movie itself, the film's role as the long-awaited slavery period piece as brought to life and poetry by a black man (the same goes for Steve McQueen) is surely the nail in the coffin for everyone else? 'Slavery's Schindler's' simply can't be allowed to pass by without being properly ordained by the academy. There may not be a film like it again. There hasn't been another Schindler's List, suggesting the one time round where they nailed it was more than enough for one lifetime. 12 Years A Slave is the slavery film of slavery films, and it's pretty fucking good (which is more than could be said for Argo). What more reason needs the academy to give McQueen and Ejiofor their merits as representatives of blacks the world over who made a great film about slavery, when Peter Jackson got as muchMore

Posted by RyanShanks on Tuesday January 28, 2014, 23:54

3 If OSCAR knows what's good for him he'll give it all away to Ejiofor.
Surprised the big black elephant in the room was left un-adressed with regards to Ejiofor and 12 Years. Taking nothing away from his brilliance and in no way an attempt to detract from the value of the movie itself, the film's role as the long-awaited slavery period piece as brought to life and poetry by a black man (the same goes for Steve McQueen) is surely the nail in the coffin for everyone else? 'Slavery's Schindler's' simply can't be allowed to pass by without being properly ordained by the academy. There may not be a film like it again. There hasn't been another Schindler's List, suggesting the one time round where they nailed it was more than enough for one lifetime. 12 Years A Slave is the slavery film of slavery films, and it's pretty fucking good (which is more than could be said for Argo). What more reason needs the academy to give McQueen and Ejiofor their merits as representatives of blacks the world over who made a great film about slavery, when Peter Jackson got as muchMore

Posted by RyanShanks on Tuesday January 28, 2014, 23:53

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Nevermind Sahara, if MCConaughey wins, then the two stars of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" will both have won oscars More

Posted by raven_girl on Tuesday January 28, 2014, 12:05

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McConaughey cant be nonimated for a BAFTA anyway coz it hasnt even come out over here yet. Right? More

Posted by stephenhickman2 on Monday January 27, 2014, 21:27


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