It feels to me like we’re getting closer and closer to Jake Gyllenhaal becoming “the one”, at least in terms of who we decide is due an Academy Award. It probably won’t happen this year for him with Nightcrawler, despite it being one of his best performances to date, but next year could actually be his time. He actually has a trio of potential contenders scheduled for release in 2015. Not only does he have the large scale (no pun intended) adventure drama Everest, he has the baity boxing drama Southpaw, as well as the currently in production Demolition, a drama from new Oscar favorite of sorts Jean-Marc Vallee. Furthermore, Fox Searchlight has picked the film up, according to reports, so prepare for Demolition to really get a good push next year. Of the three, it really does sound like the one where Gyllenhaal could score a Best Actor win even, considering Vallee’s track record so far (which will only be furthered if Wild winds up getting Reese Witherspoon a win this year). You can see the plot synopsis below, and boy, does it sound like Gyllenhaal can knock it out of the park. He’s terrific in Nightcrawler, which when paired with Prisoners makes for a great back to back example of his talents. Could Demolition be the next one word title to feature a top notch Gyllenhaal performance? Stay tuned to find out, but with Searchlight picking it up for distribution, we’re likely to see it heavily in play during late 2015. The film stars Naomi Watts as well, so sit tight until we have more on this one…
Here’s the synopsis for Demolition:
An investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife begins to tear apart his life in a effort to see where he went wrong, but is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter.
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