With a few days off from the library, weather conditions
and changes in the month, I feel like I am ‘behind’ on my
posts! I was excited, while anticipating the month leading
to the Oscars, about the Turner Classic Movies’ “kick off”
show called, “And the Oscar Goes To…”
Turner Classics held it at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 1st.
The messy day had been icy and snowy. Brr! Just the right
show to cap off an evening!
The featured 10 Best Picture nominees from 1939 were aired
throughout that day. They also aired a new documentary film
about 85 years of Academy Awards. The film included famous
actors, actresses and filmmakers who were interviewed for
this auspicious occasion.
Since the rest of the month will feature past movie winners
it will be an excellent time to check out your television
guide for which channel TCM is located on! Also, if you have
a chance you may try to see some of the current nominees,
in varied categories. If the movie, “12 Years a Slave” comes
back to your town or city, I would highly recommend trying
to view it.
The “Vanity Fair” magazine photograph on their cover this
month, shot by the famous Annie Lebowith, features Julia
Roberts, George Clooney, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Idris Elba.
The fine acting of an individual sometimes escapes one’s
notice. As I did not “see” who was the person playing the
character of the translator in “Amistad,” (1997). Nor did I
really try to determine the handsome man behind the face
in “Love Actually” (2003), who married Keira Knightley’s
character. Even though this is one of my youngest daughter’s
and my favorite Christmas movies!
Lastly, I had not realized that wearing those “Kinky Boots,”
(2005), was the actor, otherwise known as Chiwetel Ejifor.
How could I have not noticed the “Who” that was behind such
intriguing characters as in “American Gangster,” “Salt” and
“2012?” Because, Ejiofor, is able to immerse himself into
his diverse character roles, so well, that you don’t imagine
he is an actor. He became the “real” man who had to endure
slavery, as in 2013’s, “12 Years A Slave.”
This year, celebrating some of the greatest movies I have
ever seen, we will have the 86th Academy Awards ceremony,
in less than a month. You still have time to catch up on
Known from 2013 onward, I believe, Chiwetel Ejiofor will be
recognized finally. He will be known as the man who played
Solomon Northrup, in “12 Years A Slave.”
What are his roots? His parents were born in Nigeria. Ejiofor
was born in 1977. He was raised in England and attended the
British National Youth Theatre in 1995. That is where he
tried out for the scholarship to London’s prestigious Academy
of Music and Dramatic Arts. At age 19, Ejiofor was only three
months into his coursework there, having earned his scholarship,
when he was ‘discovered’ by Steven Spielberg. He was chosen to
play the character, Ensign James Covey, also regarded as the
interpreter in “Amistad.”
What dreams other actors have had and not been discovered?
How many actors have worked in different fields, everything
from cab drivers, carpenters, waiters (or servers) for years,
only to make it into a commercial or small acting part?
I enjoyed the action thriller known as “2012,” in which Ejiofor
played the character, “Dr. Adrian Helmsley.” Ejiofor’s father
had been a doctor possibly his inspiration, while he performed
in this scientific role.
I look forward to watching the Academy Awards ceremony with
the funny Ellen Degeneres hosting. I watched, “12 Years A Slave”
when it first came out, with my good guy friend, Bill. I also
wrote an informative post that included a short review. I knew
I had just seen a dynamic, powerful and moving cast of actors.
I believe that this story will someday be featured on TCM as a
It was Ejiofor’s portrayal of Solomon that really fascinated
me. If you have not seen this movie, try it, think about it,
and realize it may change your life. I have been thinking about
Solomon, why he would write this story, that included his real
gratitude. This incredible story is less about his not being
filled with anger and more of his forgiveness. I value many of
his human characteristics, including his perseverance through
all of his pain. Not a spoiler alert, to tell you that Solomon
showed drive and a continued conviction that he was once a
The road through hell is unquestionably a difficult one to
An original copy of Solomon’s late 1800’s book that includes
pen and ink illustrations was what inspired the movie. Before
Ejiofor took the role, he had doubts about his abilities to
portray Solomon. When he was shown an illustration which
depicts Solomon looking somewhat bewildered and scared, yet
calm in his demeanor, he decided he wanted to take the part.
This picture, supposedly, moved Ejiofor. He wanted to become
that man in the drawing.
I think he did extremely well. During the course of filming
the movie, and even now, in his mind, Chiwetel Ejiofor feels
This emotionally moves me, when someone in in character, like
Sandra Bullock was in her recent 2013 “Gravity” space movie.
Also, in her part of playing a fairly wealthy woman who
changed her own life, along with her family’s to take in a
homeless man, in “The Blind Side.” The incredible true story
of Michael Oher, also shows the difference that man made in
their lives, too.
While I am on the road to my Mom’s this weekend, I hope to
have some great music playing on the radio and unwinding
from a very stressful week.
On the road to the Oscar’s, please share with me any movies
you wish to recommend!