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Casey Affleck, the “Manchester by the Sea” continues to gain buzz!
The Oscar Buzz started at Telluride in particular this year, a number of lead actor candidates are making a case. The big talk is Casey Affleck, the “Manchester by the Sea” popped up once again after a big coming-out at the Sundance Film Festival last January. Next is Miles Teller’s performance in “Bleed For This” and oscar favorite Tom Hanks in “Sully”.
Teller, who quipped that he was thankful for whoever must have bowed out of the panel for him to be there alongside Hanks, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Eckhart, dropped 20 pounds and 13% body fat to play the role of boxer Vinny Pazienza, but initially he was skeptical of his own chops. Teller is fierce and committed in the role, exactly what you need to land an Oscar nomination.
“I thought this would be a great part for someone else.”
He’s no stranger to playing real-life characters. The performance is very reserved, controlled — just like Sullenberger had to be in the cockpit of US Airways Flight 1549.
“I will get you there safely. That’s a guy taking on a burden.”
Other visible contenders at this year’s fest include “La La Land’s” Ryan Gosling, “Una’s” Ben Mendelsohn, “Toni Erdmann’s” Peter Simonischek and “Neruda’s” Gael Garcia Bernal.
One of the real discoveries of the fest in this particular race is Richard Gere, whose performance in Joseph Cedar’s “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” is one of his best in years.
Gere said at a Q&A session Sunday:
“This is someone who is a void…But by not giving a background, it’s a universal character.”
The film does not have a distributor yet, but Cranston’s performance is riviting. He plays as a man who literally puts his work and family lives on hold by retreating to his garage attic to observe his wife and children from close range bears mentioning.
Bryan Cranston said at the Sunday seminar:
“I lamented on the fact that the character is anything but a hero. But [as actors] I don’t know that there is a great need to find heroes as much as explore humanity. If we move you to nothing we all fail. Boredom is the enemy.”
We will see how things play out for these Early Oscar Buzz Contenders + Standouts.