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Will Peter Sarsgaard and Jessica Chastain Get Oscar Noms for ‘Memory’?



It’s time for Peter Sarsgaard to lastly shatter the Oscar glass.

As soon as upon a time, actor Peter Sarsgaard gained probably the most precursors prizes in the course of the 2003-2004 awards season for his supporting flip in Billy Ray’s “Shattered Glass.” Within the movie, he performs Charles Lane, a newly promoted editor who suspects considered one of his revered writers (performed by Hayden Christensen) might have fabricated a few of his tales. It was a breakout efficiency within the early days of on-line Oscar punditry that had everybody buzzing. Nevertheless, when it got here time for the most important televised ceremonies, he was solely in a position to muster a Golden Globe nod, then to be adopted by stunning snubs from SAG, BAFTA and ultimately the Academy Awards.

It was one of many few instances in current awards historical past the place the chief of critics’ performing prizes did not nab Oscar recognition (others embrace Ethan Hawke for “First Reformed”). The business spent the previous 20 years attempting to make it as much as him, as he flirted with potential Oscar consideration for “Kinsey” (2004), “Jarhead” (2005), “An Education” (2009) and “Experimenter” (2014). None would end in his title being known as. It was solely final yr he nabbed his first ever Emmy nom for his work in Hulu’s “Dopesick.”

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And now, he provides a brand new potential contender in Michel Franco’s romantic drama “Memory,” which premiered at Venice and screened for critics and audiences at TIFF. Within the film, Sarsgaard performs Saul, a person battling early onset dimensia who turns the world of a social employee named Sylvia (performed by Jessica Chastain) the other way up, difficult them each to confront their pasts.

With a mix of Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s “Still Alice,” the movie is an actor’s showcase, with Chastain and Sarsgaard delivering two of their most uncooked and highly effective performances.

For his work, Sarsgaard gained the celebrated Volpi Cup for greatest actor, becoming a member of the ranks of previous honorees akin to Brad Pitt (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”) and River Phoenix (“My Own Private Idaho”). With out Venice handing out “supporting acting” prizes, one shouldn’t assume Sarsgaard ought to be campaigned within the lead actor race, already brimming with names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeffrey Wright. In reality, with the narrative focusing closely on Chastain’s character, it will be way more applicable and viable to submit him for supporting actor consideration, if the movie is acquired.

The Venice win has gotten the eye of many within the business, together with the acquisitions groups of Neon (together with CEO Tom Quinn) and streaming large Netflix, who have been in attendance on the press and business screening on Sunday afternoon. There’s clearly curiosity for a possible awards push given the tour-de-force deliveries of its two principals, along with a stellar forged that features Merritt Wever, Elsie Fisher and Jessica Harper. Chastain, an Oscar winner for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” is astonishing, which is unsurprising these days. Like greatest actor, a crowded lead actress area is forward, and might be troublesome to interrupt by way of.

For Sarsgaard, he’ll discover a clearer highway in supporting, regardless of Robert Downey Jr., Robert DeNiro and Ryan Gosling already seemingly locked and loaded. The important thing to Sarsgaard’s success might be guaranteeing the movie can get acknowledged in different classes. Sole supporting noms are troublesome to attain, albeit not inconceivable. For each success for Penélope Cruz (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), you discover the tales of omissions like Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”), Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”) and final yr’s Eddie Redmayne (“The Good Nurse”), who all missed Oscars after Globe and SAG noms.

Within the final 20 years, the Venice prizes together with their coveted Golden Lion, has matched the Oscars’ alternative for greatest image solely two instances: “The Shape of Water” and “Nomadland.” Not sure if that but bodes properly for this yr’s winner “Poor Things” from Yorgos Lanthimos.

Moreover, relating to the boys’s translation to Oscar success through Venice, there isn’t a direct line to Academy recognition as one would hope. Solely two winners within the historical past of Venice, Frederic March for “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” in 1932 and Paul Muni for “The Story of Louis Pasteur” in 1936, have gained the Oscar for greatest actor. For nominees, within the final decade, solely Willem Dafoe for “At Eternity’s Gate” in 2018, ex-aequo winners Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master” in 2012 and final yr’s Colin Farrell for “The Banshees of Inisherin” have translated to AMPAS noms.

An business second to acknowledge a expertise like Sarsgaard could be greater than overdue. Franco affords him to convey an internalized interpretation, devoid of typical awards-bait tropes, and filled with a bodily conviction that’s worthy of acclaim.

Will Sarsgaard lastly get his second, or will he stay, nonetheless, a distant reminiscence with Oscar voters? Hoping for the previous.

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