Read excerpts from the Hollywood Reporter’s Writer Roundtable featuring Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball), Steve Zaillian (Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Dustin Lance Black (J. Edgar), Eric Roth (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I Live In) and Oren Moverman (Rampart).
"If somebody says to you, ‘You weren’t at all like yourself,’ that’s the greatest compliment you can pay an actor. If you get to play a monster or a really unpleasant person, ooooh, lovely. [DiCaprio’s] concentration is paramount. You kind of feel that he’s got the whole thing in the palm of his hand that he knows exactly how the scene should be played and that he’s totally committed to it…. But then suddenly there’s a wonderful outbreak of relaxation and a laugh and a joke."
- Judi Dench on her J. Edgar co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio is one of several actors believed to be in contention for Best Actor. Read more about him in Rebecca Keegan’s article on him for the Los Angeles Times.
J. Edgar premiered at the AFI Fest last night and reviews seem to suggest that, while the film itself is not a home-run, Leonardo DiCaprio is very likely to land an Oscar nomination for his titular performance. Whether he’ll win or not remains up for discussion. This year’s race is incredibly competitive - you’ve got George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jean Dujardin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Shannon, Michael Fassbender, Woody Harrelson, Gary Oldman and young Thomas Horn all vying for nomination. And while George Clooney currently holds the momentum for his performance in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, that could all change. And after three nominations and multiple snubs, Leo could finally earn that elusive Oscar.
Watch the trailer for J. Edgar here. The biopic looks like a very classy affair and Leonardo DiCaprio looks like he’ll be giving Brad Pitt and George Clooney a run for their money with his performance here. (He ages! And I’m talking, prosthetic make-up aging! Acting!) Equally, Academy Award winner Judi Dench looks impressive, as does The Social Network star Armie Hammer in his role as J. Edgar Hoover’s second-in-command/lover Clyde Tolson. One to catch when it hits theaters.
Warner Bros has set release dates for a number of its movies, among them Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Many were unsure whether Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close would be completed in time for next year’s Oscars, but it will indeed hit theaters in limited release on Christmas Day before going in wide release on January 20th. Also of interest to Oscar enthusiasts is J. Edgar which will hit theaters on November 9th with a wide release set for two days later.