Oscar season is still a ways to go, however we have come to a certain time in the year when film becomes ever more raw and creative. On October 18, 2013, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Summit Entertainment will be releasing 12 Years A Slave, a Steve McQueen historical drama based upon Solomon Northup's autobiography of the same name. In the film, Solomon Northup is a free African American in 1841 who is deceived and kidnapped in Washington D.C. only to be taken as a slave to Louisiana. Starring Chiwitel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, many are depicting this leading role by the actor to be oscar worthy itself, alongside long time Steve McQueen partner, Michael Fassbender (who is also oscar bound with his role as Edwin Epps, slave master). Chiwitel Ejiofor has starred in such films as Dirty Pretty Things, depicting a Nigerian immigrant with a medical past in medicine who forms a bond with a Turkish immigrant woman in the Uk, while evading the immigration police all to get back to his daughter in America.
Having won the 2003 British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor stepped back a bit from taking on the lead in film and portrayed excellent supporting roles in films such as Dewey Hughes in Talk to Me, Lola in Kinky Boots, and Huey Lewis in American Gangster. Now, it seems the time has come for Chiwetel to shine yet again in 12 Years A Slave. Showing an extreme passion for the role in the trailer for the film, audiences and critics alike are expecting much from the film and especially Chiwetel Ejiofor himself. Something tells me they will not be disappointed. Just a hunch. Only time will tell, but what does the audience think? Does Chiwetel Ejiofor have a chance at the Oscar Award for Best Actor?