Monday 19 February 2018

Brendan Gleeson tipped for Oscar glory for performance in 'Calvary'

Dylan Moran with Brendan Gleeson in Calvary
Dylan Moran with Brendan Gleeson in Calvary

Brendan Gleeson is among several acting powerhouses tipped by influential US film website Indiewire for Oscar glory for his performance in Calvary.

Gleeson has been included in the website's "Dark Horses" for Best Actor Oscar nomination category alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (A Most Wanted Man), Alfred Molina (Love is Strange), John Lithgow (Love is Strange), Miles Teller (Whiplash) and Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins).

The former schoolteacher wows audiences with his performance in John Michael McDonagh's Calvary, in which the 59-year-old star plays a doomed Catholic priest on an island off the coast of Ireland.

The low-budget flick has been performing extremely well in the US since it opened last weekend, and is being rolled out in an additional 35 cinemas in the coming weeks.

Brendan has spoken of how he found it difficult to detach himself from the "relentless" shoot, saying, "It was just hard, there are no two ways about it.

"It took me a couple of months to get back to a place ... it took me a while to get back to myself afterwards," he said.

Indiewire has also tipped actors Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) in their "Three Genuine Contenders" as well asChanning Tatum (Foxcatcher), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) and Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up) in its "Three More with More Uphill Battles" category.

Calvary is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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