ScreenAnarchy's Best Of 2013 - Best Actor
Todd Brown, Peter Martin, Ryland Aldrich, Brian Clark, Ben Umstead, Jaime Grijalba Gomez, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Ard Vijn, Patryk Czekaj, Joshua Chaplinsky, Eric Ortiz Garcia, Niels Matthijs, Patrick Holzapfel, Kurt Halfyard, Christopher O'Keeffe, Dustin Chang, Jim Tudor, Ben Croll, Pierce Conran, Jason Gorber, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano and Kwenton Bellette contributed to this story.
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years A Slave
James Marsh - Asian Editor
It is long overdue that the world comes to know and recognise Chiwetel Ejiofor as one of the great actors currently working. He is the heart and soul of Steve McQueen's emotional rollercoaster 12 Years A Slave and no other male performance this year came close to delivering the range of emotions, the humanity or determination as Ejiofor does here.
Brian Clark - European Editor
Dustin Chang - Contributing writer
Jim Tudor - Contributing writer
Jason Gorber - Featured Critic
We've all seen him before, but if there's one performance that's literally a star-making turn, it's this one. This is the role of a lifetime, and Ejiofor lives up to the hype.
Kwenton Bellette - Contributing writer
There is one scene in 12 Years A Slave where Solomon Northup (Ejiofor) just stares, and not at anything in particular. This scene is a simple medium shot, with no particular regard for the mise en scene. The music is non-obtrusive, there are no distinct sounds off-screen, we are just drawn to his traumatized face, as he reflects on what was, and what might possibly be.