There are a lot of worse people to be these days than Oscar Isaac. Since being announced as playing the titual villain in X-men: Apocalypse, he’s described his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens to IGN as “like living out a childhood dream”. So, not too shabby. Now we have another slice of Isaac’s acting chops with the upcoming feature A Most Violent Year, from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. Set during 1981, one of the most violent years in the history of New York (hence the name), Isaac plays the head of a family business that is under “ahem” investigation by the police. Rather than a straight-up cops and robbers gangster movie, this looks to grab the day-to-day drama by the throat and show the deterioration of Isaac’s relationship with wife Jessica Chastain and his children. Here’s the UK trailer, straight from Icon Films:
Considering J.C. Chandor’s Academy Award nomination last year, it could be that Oscar will be living up to his name come February. The film gets widespread release in January 2015.
The Gotham Independant Film Awards made a lot of people very happy on Monday. Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People all had multiple nominations, and the good thing about this particularly ceremony is its unpredictability, if not for its nominees then for its winners. Last year Inside Llewyn Davis beat 12 Years a Slave for Best Feature, and relative unknown Fruitvale Station took home Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan respectively.
I’m not gonna mix all the winners up in a few paragraphs and make you pick them out, because that’s not cool. So here are the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards. Have a look!
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Love Is Strange Under the Skin
Julianne Moore in Still Alice — WINNER
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw — Beyond the Lights
Scarlett Johansson — Under the Skin
Mia Wasikowska — Tracks
Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
Bill Hader — The Skeleton Twins
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Oscar Isaac — A Most Violent Year
Miles Teller — Whiplash
(Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum received a special Gotham Jury Award from the Best Actor nominating panel for their collective performances inFoxcatcher.)
CITIZENFOUR — WINNER Actress Life Itself Manakamana Point and Shoot
Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant
Chloé Zhao, director — Songs My Brothers Taught Me — WINNER
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams
Claire Carré, director, Embers
Independent Film Audience Award
Boyhood — WINNER
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — WINNER
James Ward Byrkit — Coherence
Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Eliza Hittman — It Felt Like Love
Justin Simien — Dear White People
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People — WINNER
Riz Ahmed — Nightcrawler
Macon Blair — Blue Ruin
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Joey King — Wish I Was Here
Jenny Slate — Obvious Child
Phew, well there we have it. Birdman was the only film to win multiple awards and it was a relief to see Foxcatcher take away a special award in the end. It was a good mix of winners and the nominations overall reflect perfectly where the real talent was hiding this year.
What did you think of the winners? Any travesties of justice?