The way noted and reputable critics have been raving about the work of British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave from director Steve McQueen, Mr. Ejiofor could also be a contender in the Best Actor Academy Award category. I've been a proud member of this gifted and classically trained actor's fan club for quite a few years now.
Here's the trailer for his McQueen drama that co-stars Brad Pitt and Paul Giamatti.
Here's the actor with his 12 Years A Slave director, Steve McQueen.
In addition to Ejiofor's Best Actor mentions, McQueen's new film is receiving lots of strong Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nomination buzz.
Are you familiar with the big Tony-winning hit musical comedy, Kinky Boots? It's one of the hottest shows playing on Broadway right now. Billy Porter donned a dress, belted out showtunes by Cyndi Lauper and won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical.
Fabulous Billy recreated the role first done on film by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Yes. Before he played a Southern plantation slave for Steve McQueen, he was no slave to British fashion as Lola the drag queen in the 2005 indie comedy, Kinky Boots. He sings "Whatever Lola Wants" and "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." He struts past a little bigotry to help put a poor factory town back on its financial feet. In heels, no less.
In the 2007 biopic, Talk To Me, Chiwetel Ejiofor was a much more conservative character fashion-wise. He played the program director who is a true friend to the unconventional and unpredictable new radio show host played by Don Cheadle.
This marvelous British import has played Othello onstage opposite Ewan McGregor (seen in second photo up top). He's got solid BBC TV credits. On film, he's acted for directors Steven Spielberg (1997's Amistad), Woody Allen (Melinda and Melinda) and Spike Lee (She Hate Me and Inside Man starring Denzel Washington) and Ridley Scott (American Gangster, also starring Denzel Washington). Enjoy Chiwetel Ejiofor.