Directed by: Matt Ross
Written by: Matt Ross
Cinematography by: Stéphane Fontaine
Music by: Alex Somers
Distributed by: Bleeker Street & Universal Pictures
Release Date: January 23, 2016 (Sundance)
Wide Release: July 8, 2016
As Ben, Viggo Mortensen portrays a father who has raised his six children in isolation in the Pacific Northwest, but must integrate them into society after his wife’s death.
Who’s his competition? Viggo’s nomination was the one none of the pundits could have predicted. When Viggo popped up in the Golden Globe nominees and then the SAG nominees, it was sealed that he would probably be going to the Academy Awards for his performance. Now that we’re here, Casey Affleck has won most of the critics’ votes as well as the Golden Globe for Best Leading Actor, while Denzel Washington somewhat surprised and took the Screen Actors Guild Award. Now, Viggo lands on the bottom of a stacked category, with both the aforementioned men vying for the win. But Viggo got here by everyone enjoying his performance and that should never be counted out, so if you’re looking for any “No Guts, No Glory” moments, this would be one.
Previous nominations? This is the second Academy Award nomination for Viggo Mortensen. He was previously nominated for:
- EASTERN PROMISES (2007)
Nominee, Actor in a Leading Role
// Produced by Monica Levinson, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, and Lynette Howell Taylor //
// Directed by Matt Ross //
// Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 // DVD // 40 films – 26 days //