Team Cinemawala continues the Oscar Talks with John H Foote –

Team Cinemawala –  John, let’s talk about the best actors’ category. Do you think, the race gets tighter?”

John – “As if it were not tight enough, the race for Best Actor just got a whole lot tighter with Willem Dafoe joining the hunt for that elusive little golden man named Oscar. With his brilliant, turbulent performance as Vincent Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’, Dafoe shakes the race up, and makes clear at least two great performances will be left out this year.”

Team Cinemawala – “Which performances, do you consider, to be the absolute locks ?”

John – “If these three men are not nominated, wait for the heavens to open and the earth to shake! They are virtual locks, and individually a potential winner – Bradley Cooper in ‘A Star is Born’, Viggo Mortensen in ‘Green Book’ and Christian Bale in ‘Vice’. With Bale, the inside word out of advance screenings is through the roof, near rapturous, the performance hailed not only as his finest but one of cinema’s greatest. Cooper is terrific as the washed-up rocker in ‘A Star is Born’, and Mortensen astounding in ‘Green Book’, expect all three to be in the mix.”

Team Cinemawala – “Wow! Who do you think are the front runners then ?”

John – “Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Willem Dafoe, joining the race as Van Gogh in ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ and a Favourite after losing last year for his acclaimed work in ‘The Florida Project’. I know, it should not matter, but it does.”

Team Cinemawala – “So John, which performances, you think would have made the cut, other than these five?”

John – “After TIFF 2018, I thought Ryan Gosling was a shoo-in for ‘First Man’, but his internal performance is being passed over for showier work. Not once have I understood the acclaim for Hugh Jackman in ‘The Front Runner’ but there is talk, and where there is a spark, there could be a fire. The two old men, Clint Eastwood in ‘The Mule’, and Robert Redford in ‘The Old Man and the Gun’, if nominated, would have blown up the whole race. Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington should have been considered for ‘BlankkKlansman’, and the newcomer, fast on the rise, Lucas Hedges could have been there for ‘Ben is Back’. Finally, Ethan Hawke for his tormented man of God in ‘First Reformed’ had an outside chance of making it to the mix.

Team Cinemawala – “Thank you, John, for joining us for this conversation. We look forward to the next chat”

John – “My pleasure!”


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