I know it was a long shot but I'm sad today that Tom didn't get an Oscar nod for ISTL. His performance was tremendous. Not his fault the film itself wasn't as well received as one might hope. Do you think he's secretly sad or disappointed? He put his heart and soul into that role! For what it's worth, I thought he was much better than some actors currently nominated.
Hi, Little Gray Face!
It is sad. It is sad because it illustrates so perfectly that these types of awards are all about politics and bias. It’s a game.
Yes, he is tremendous in it. I put his transformation into Hank right up there with any of the greatest ever captured on film. Period.
Yes, he did put his heart and soul into it. As far as whether or not he is sad/disappointed about not being nominated…
Obviously, I love the film. A lot. Keeping that in mind, I do think that this particular role got into his bones in a way that none other has and the massively scathing reviews must have been extremely painful. I can’t list all of them here, but there have been specific comments he’s made that prompt me to make that claim. The one that really stands out to me is the interview he did for Business Insider…
BI: That said, are you disappointed in how “I Saw the Light” was received? It was hyped as an Oscar-caliber performance for you, and the movie turned out to be the worst-reviewed of your career.
Hiddleston: The difference between me and you and whoever watches that film is that film took me six months to make. I took six months of my life and I thought about nothing else every day for six months, and for anyone in the audience, it’s two hours of screen time. As Mike Nichols used to say, “You can make the best film in the entire world and people will still say afterward, ‘Is there anywhere that’s open for a drink?’” It’s part of the rhythm of their day. So of course I put so much into it and it would be lovely to think more people have seen it than I believe they have. The people I’ve spoken to about the movie have at least caught the passion for which it was made and then of course there are other people who I don’t know personally who have found fault or flaws in it, but I can’t be the judge. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. As an actor, you just have to put your best foot forward every time. Do you know what I mean?
[The interview ends, and as Hiddleston walks to the door of his hotel room, he brings up the reaction to “I Saw the Light” again.]
Hiddleston: You know, it’s a funny thing, I’ve been hearing that people are positive toward how I did in “The Night Manager,” and I didn’t do more or less with that than for “I Saw the Light.” As an actor, you can never tell. It’s really anyone’s guess how people will react.
Gosh, just reading that again makes my heart hurt. I can’t imagine what it must be like for him. He was terrific as Jonathan Pine. He just won the Golden Globe. Well deserved. The fact that he isn’t nominated for Hank? Ridiculous. It doesn’t matter if you think ISTL is the worst thing ever made. His performance is stunning. It is an absolute tranformation. It is beyond what many popular actors could ever reach. Many of them simply play the same character over and over, a character that doesn’t require any kind of signif -.
I’m going to interrupt myself here. I’m getting worked up so I’m going to end this.
Hugs, Little Gray Face. I’m going to play Jambalaya and make myself feel better. ♥