In casting "12 Years a Slave," CD Francine Maisler challenged actors' types to deliver memorable performances.
The Independent Filmmaker Project announced the Gotham Awards nominees Wednesday, with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cate Blanchett earning nods for “12 Years a Slave” and “Blue Jasmine.”
The British actor was so daunted by the responsibility of playing a real-life escaped slave he came close to not taking the part. Then he reconsidered.
Chiwetel Ejiofor graces our cover this week, and he chats with Backstage about his roles in "12 Years a Slave" and in the miniseries "Dancing on the Edge" premiering Oct.19 on Starz.