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'Fruitvale' to 'Llewyn Davis': Small parts, huge performances
'Fruitvale' to 'Llewyn Davis': Small parts, huge performances

In a season of outstanding performances wrapped up in awards possibilities, the little gems can too easily be overlooked. So once again, it is time to appreciate some of the actors whose gifts have shone bright in big films this year, even if only for a few moments of screen time. Chris Chalk Clemens Ray, "12 Years a Slave" When Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is kidnapped and thrown onto a boat heading South and into years of slavery, his fellow victim Clemens advises survival at all costs. In his scenes, Chalk had to embody that instinct. "Clemens is very much like, 'Let's be smart about how we go through this thing. Don't let them know you can...

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