Chiwetel Ejiofor | 12 Years A Slave
Let’s start this off by saying Joaquin Phoenix should have been nominated for his performance in Her. Is it too late to switch Joaquin Phoenix with Bruce Dern? Seriously Nebraska wasn’t that good. I think the actors just showed up on set and then cameras rolled for awhile and then a black and white movie came out that critics just ate up. Bruce Dern plays an old and confused man. How stunning. We can also go ahead and write off Christian Bale. While nothing is terrible about his performance, it seems the general consensus is “Well… He wasn’t as good as he was in The Dark Knight.” His performance is simply overshadowed by the three other nominees. The real contenders here are Ejiofor for 12 Years, Dicaprio for Wolf, and McConaughey for Dallas Buyers.
Dicaprio: Wolf was extremely entertaining and I enjoyed Dicaprio’s performance thoroughly but something was lacking from his character. Perhaps it was the emotional depth. His greed and self-centeredness is hard to get behind. I guess that means he played Belfort well though. The role of an obnoxious billionaire isn’t as challenging a slave or AIDS patient but Dicaprio delivers a performance that puts it in consideration with the others. I wouldn’t hate to see Dicaprio win.
McConaughey: Just as the Supporting Actor competition came down to Leto versus Fassbender the Lead Actor competition comes down to 12 Years A Slave vs. Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey’s performance is Oscar worthy, there is no doubt about it. Everything is there from the emotional depth to the body language. Come to think of it, I can’t really find a fault in McConaughey’s performance. I couldn’t believe he was the same actor from Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. McConaughey absolutely deserves an Oscar for his performance. But so does Ejiofor.
Ejiofor: He was perfect. Its hard to be perfect throughout an entire movie. There was no wasted breath, movement, or syllable. His control of intonation ranging from heartbreaking anguish to rebellious power swung the mood of the film with it. He hit every syllable exactly the way it needed to be it. Acting shouldn’t be about glitz, makeup, or popularity it should be about pursuit of an unattainable perfection. Ejiofor gets about as close as you can get. His acting is poetry in motion.