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Dancing on the Edge (2013)

Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Louis Lester"

The drama miniseries "Dancing on the Edge" is set in 1930s London and follows a group of black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as it finds fame based on performing in front of London's elite. Despite traveling a roadblock-filled path -- much of the upper-class recoil at the thought of black musicians playing in polite society -- the city's more progressive socialites, including members of the royal household, take debonair leader Louis Lester and his cohorts under their wing. But when the band gets entangled in a shadowy world, it results in a suspected murder that could wreck its career.

Emmy (Primetime) (2014) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (2014) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Solomon Northup"

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Academy Award (2013) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013) Won Leading Actor
Golden Globe (2013) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

American Gangster (2007)

Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Huey Lucas"

Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) earns his living as a chauffeur to one of Harlem's leading mobsters. After his boss dies, Frank uses his own ingenuity and strict business code to become one of the inner city's most powerful crime bosses. Meanwhile, veteran cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) senses a change in the mob's power structure and looks for ways to bring his opponent to justice.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Kinky Boots (2005)

Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Lola"

After his father's demise, Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) inherits the family business, a shoe factory in Northampton, England. He is not interested in shoes, and the factory is in such dire financial straits that he must lay off 15 employees. However a fortuitous encounter with a transvestite cabaret singer (Chiwetel Ejiofor) inspires Charlie to save the factory from closure by producing erotic footwear, much to the chagrin of the workers.

Golden Globe (2005) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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