Adrien Brody received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, for which he won the Academy Award.
12 Years A Slave
Chiwetel Ejiofor played a free black man from upstate New York, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner plyed by Michael Fassbender
Knightley became known for starring in period dramas such as "Pride & Prejudice," for which she earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress.