12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

There is now just a week to go until the Golden Globes, the biggest indicator yet as to which films and performances may scoop the Oscars.

There is no run away favourite in any category and it really is going to go down to the wire.

We take a look at the Best Actor - Drama category and who is in the mix for the gong.

- Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave

12 Years A Slave is already set to be one of the movies of 2014, and it hasn't even been released yet.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is an actor who has been around for some time, but this is set to be the movie and the performance that send his star rocketing.

Ejiofor takes on the role of Solomon Northup - a free man who is sold into slavery. The movie is based on Northup's memoir as he recounts the difficulties and abuse that he faced while a slave.

12 Years A Slave is a powerful and emotional drama that sees Ejiofor at his very best. This really is a performance that will make everyone sit up and take note of this wonderful actor.

- Idris Elba - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba is the other British actor in the running for his turn as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

The movie is based on Mandela's memoir of the same name, and chronicles Mandela from a young man, his years in prison, through to becoming the President of South Africa.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is a movie that really rests on the shoulders of Elba, and he delivers a really terrific performance in this central role.

He embodies the presence that Mandela had and there really is something incredibly magnetic about the performance that he gives.

- Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks gave two really great performances at the end of 2013, but it was his turn in Captain Phillips that was truly knockout.

Hanks took on the title role in a film that saw him team up with director Paul Greengrass for the first time. Captain Phillips recounts the hijacking of US flagged MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates.

This is a ruthless and relentless movie that sees Hanks deliver one of the best performances of his career.

Hanks depicts Phillips in such an ordinary way, and yet there is something so extraordinary about this man and what he endured.

- Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyer’s Club

Matthew McConaughey has taken his career down a different path in recent years, but Dallas Buyers Club looks set to be the performance of his career.

McConaughey has already picked up awards for his central performance as Ron Woodroof, and he is set to be in the mix when the Oscar nominations are revealed.

Woodroof is an AIDS patient who works outside the system to help get the medication that he and other sufferers require.

McConaughey is almost unrecognisable in Dallas Buyers Club having lost fifty pounds for the role. It is a truly transfixing performance from the actor as he really shows what he is about as an actor with this performance.

- Robert Redford - All Is Lost

Robert Redford is back in the awards mix at the beginning of 2014 after he returning to the big screen over the Christmas period with All Is Lost.

Directed by J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost follows a sailor as he battles to stay alive after a collision at sea.

All Is Lost show Redford off at his very best as this is a solo performance from an accomplished actor.

The solitude of this movie is so powerful and completely terrifying at the same name. Redford may not have many lines but he conveys terror, hope, and despair perfectly as his character stares mortality in the face.

There has been no actor that has been the runaway winner on the awards circuit so far, and you really can make a great case for each of these fantastic actors to win.

WINNER - Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave

The Golden Globe winners will be revealed 12th January.

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