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8 Movies You Totally Forgot David Oyelowo Was In

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David Oyelowo has always been “that guy” in “that thing…I think.” The 38-year-old actor has been appearing in various films and TV series since the late ’90s, usually letting bigger stars like Matthew McConaughey, Forest Whitaker or James Franco pull focus. But thanks to his star-making role in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, Selma, Oyelowo soaked up the spotlight at the Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and Oscars. But before all the accolades, Oyelowo was in more movies than you think. Here’s a few examples of where you might’ve seen him before:

8. The Paperboy

When most of us think of The Paperboy, we think of Nicole Kidman’s crazy performance, or how it was a stepping stone for Matthew McConaughey’s journey to turning his career around after all those rom-com nightmares. But Oyelowo gave a superb performance. If that one speech where he reveals to the young and naive Efron about what he let his big brother do behind closed doors didn’t leave you with your mouth ajar, you might wanna reevaluate your capacity to feel emotion.


7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

There was a lot going on in the first prequel Planet of the Apes movie: Andy Serkis becoming Caesar through motion capture, the ape rebellion and James Franco. So it’s understandable that we all may or may not have forgotten that Oyelowo played the money-hungry company head. He wasn’t in there for too much time, but he was the one who inadvertently caused the calamitous events that would soon transpire because he refused to listen to wise counsel.


6. The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland is Forest Whitaker’s game. He won Best Actor at the Oscars for his performance as Uganda President Idi Amin, one of the world’s most savage figures. After Whitaker, the recognition goes to James McAvoy for playing Scottish Dr. Garrigan. But, yes, poking out between these talents is Oyelowo playing the small role of Dr. Junju.


5. As You Like It

Shakespeare is so rooted in classical acting training that anyone’s who’s anyone has been featured in a Shakespeare play in some capacity. But Oyelowo’s Orlando in the Kenneth Branagh-directed As You Like It from 2006 often goes overlooked.


4. Derailed

Perhaps it’s because the thriller starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston wasn’t all that memorable to begin with, but we definitely didn’t register Oyelowo pulling up in the picture as a police officer. We were already trying to wrap our heads around the fact that this was like Fatal Attraction, except for the crazy one-night stand it was a crazy third party voyeur of the one-night stand.


3. The Help

Oyelowo reunited with his As You Like It co-star Bryce Dallas Howard on the Oscar-winning The Help (Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress in 2012). Trust us, he’s there. If you look closely during those church scenes, you’ll find him playing Preacher Green, the man who helps inspire the maids in his congregation to reveal the injustices. But be careful not to blink or you might miss him.


2. Lincoln

By Oscar time, the only names anyone associated with Lincoln were Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. All three were up for Oscars, and Lewis won Best Actor for his role as America’s 16th President, but Oyelowo kept up alongside them as Corporal Ira Clark. It’s funny to listen to the speech he gives Lincoln about the future of the civil rights movement, alluding to Martin Luther King.


1. Jack Reacher

“We don’t find this guy unless he wants to be found.” This line was one of the more memorable ones from the Tom Cruise action flick, and we totally forgot that the future Selma star was the one who said it. It happens. Hey, we pretty much all forgot everyone else in the Mission: Impossible movies or who that rocker women was in Rock of Ages. (Christina Aguilera, I wanna say…)

Honorable mentions (because you should still remember these appearances, as they only recently came out): Louis Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (opposite Forest Whitaker), the high school principal in Interstellar (opposite Matthew McConaughey) and Lawrence in A Most Violent Year (opposite Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain).

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Forget Oscar

Find Your Spirit Animal

The Spirit Awards are LIVE this Saturday at 2p PT/5p ET.

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In just a few precious days, the greatest, most epic, most star-studded awards ceremony of the year comes to IFC.

And please, we’re definitely not talking about the Oscars. We’re talking about the Spirit Awards. Hosted by iconic comedy duo Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, it’s a relatively under-the-radar awards show with serious cred. And if the past is any indicator, we’re in for a wild night.

If you feel like doing your homework, you can find a full list of nominees and performance excerpts here. It reads like a who’s who of everyone that matters – those larger-than-life personalities with status that borders on mythological. Our celebrity spirit animals, if you will.

This isn’t hyperbole. Literally everyone who takes the stage at the awards show is spirit animal material. Let’s see if we can help you find yours…

Do you

Live in someone else’s shadow despite shining like the sun? Do you inexplicably vandalize your pretty-boy good looks with a sloppy-joe man bun and a repellent pubic-hair beard? Do you think sounding stoned and sounding thoughtful are kinda the same thing?

Congratulations, your spirit animal is Casey Affleck.

He’s the self-canonized patron saint of anyone who’s got the goods but doesn’t give a damn.

Do you

Have mid-length hair and exude a certain feminine masculinity that is universally appealing? Are you drawn to situations that promise little to nothing in the way of grooming or hygiene as a transparently self-conscious attempt to conceal your radiant inner glow? Does that fail miserably?

Way to go, your spirit animal is Viggo Mortensen.

He’s the yoga teacher of actors, in that what should make him super nasty only increases his curb appeal.

Do you

Get zero recognition for work that everyone knows is unrivaled? Do you inspire greatness in others yet get shortchanged when it comes to your own acclaim? Are you a goddam B-52 bomber in an industry of biplanes?

Bingo, your spirit animal is Annette Bening.

What does it take for this artist to win an Oscar? Honestly now, if her performance in 20th Century Women doesn’t earn her every award on the planet, consider it proof that the Universe truly is a cold dark void absent of reason or compassion.

Do you

Walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with a room full of friends? Have you been hiding under the radar just waiting for the right moment to leap out into the spotlight and stay there FOREVER? Do you possess the almost messianic ability to elevate Shia LaBeouf’s on-screen charisma?

You guessed it (or not), your spirit animal is 100% Sasha Lane.

If you haven’t seen American Honey, then you haven’t heard of her. She came out of the blue with a performance both subtle and powerful, and now she’s going to be in all the movies from this moment on. Or she should be, at any rate.

Don’t see your spirit animal there? Worry not. There are many more nominees to choose from, and you can see them all (yes, including Shia LaBeouf) during the Independent Spirit Awards, this Saturday at 2pm PT/5pm ET only on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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