18 Movies You Didn't Know Starred This Year's Oscar Nominees

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When I first saw 12 Years a Slave, I, like everyone else, was amazed by the performance of its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Yet as everyone was raving about his "breakthrough" role and saying that he "came out of nowhere," I couldn't help but be distracted by one nagging thought: Isn't that the guy from Love Actually?

It turns out I was right; long before playing Solomon Northup was even a thought in his mind, Ejiofor co-starred in Love Actually as Peter, the husband of Keira Knightley's Juliet. Sure, it was a small role, but I couldn't believe that the Oscar-nominated star of this year's most acclaimed film was also featured in one of my favorite (albeit a bit less important) movies of all time. What else had I missed on his resume? A bit part in Eternal Sunshine? A cameo in Dirty Dancing?

A quick IMDB search quickly shot down those hopes, but I did discover some other surprising films I hadn't realized starred Ejiofor. And after a search on some of this year's other Oscar nominees, I soon found that Ejiofor was not alone; many of 2014's nominated actors had starred in films the public seems to have forgotten. Let's take a look back.

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