Film: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
For Your Consideration: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Director: John Madden
Screenplay: Ol Parker
Realistic Nominations: Supporting Actress
Oscar Scene: “I’m gay. Although nowadays more in theory than in practice.”
After Tom Wilkinson received his first Oscar nomination for In the Bedroom (2001), there was nothing I thought he couldn’t do. A string a slightly above average performances in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Batman Begins (2005), and of course his Oscar-nominated turn in Michael Clayton (2007) only confirmed my theory. As Graham in John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Wilkinson illuminates a romantic sensitivity that stands as one of the year’s best works.
While co-star Maggie Smith is reaping the benefit of a possible nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Wilkinson’s mute buzz is virtually baffling. In a courageous and confident demeanor, Wilkinson motions through the film with class and poise. He walks through the film with a heavy heart that gives the viewer a first-hand account of his tragic love story.
Where the film is full of flaws and missteps, Wilkinson rises high above it. A Supporting Actor mention should easily be in talks.
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