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In '12 Years a Slave,' all eyes on actor Chiwetel Ejiofor
In '12 Years a Slave,' all eyes on actor Chiwetel Ejiofor

One of the most memorable scenes in the film "12 Years a Slave" is a long close-up of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor's eyes, wide with amazement as his character regains his freedom after enduring the brutal bonds of slavery on Louisiana plantations. It is a defining moment for the British actor of Nigerian origin in the biggest film role of his career, one that many critics believe will yield him a best-actor Oscar nomination. It is also a role that he wasn't quite sure he was up for. "12 Years a Slave" has been heralded as an emotional and realistic journey through slavery in pre-Civil War America and won the top award at the Toronto Film Festival — often a...

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