Circuit Consideration – Tom Wilkinson

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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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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