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Oscar Isaac might be the most exciting actor in Hollywood

For my money, there are few actors right now doing better work than Oscar Isaac currently is. Since he’s burst on to the scene and transitioned from a working character actor to a scene stealer and leading man, he’s taken the industry by storm. For those unaware, X-Men: Apocalypse is Isaac’s next project and the latest in the long running superhero franchise. I’ll have more on that one in a few days, but I’m focusing today on Isaac himself, using a previous article on him as the jumping off point. Hopefully you enjoy, just like you enjoy Isaac’s work so far on the silver screen. I know I do…

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Here’s a slightly tinkered bit from a past piece on Isaac:

“Two years ago, he was heavily in the running for an Academy Award nomination with A Most Violent Year. In fact, he received the Best Actor prize from the National Board of Review for his work in J.C. Chandor’s crime drama. There he played an immigrant businessman determined to climb the ladder of success and live the American Dream. He had a strict code and is relentless in his need to stick to that code, even while those around him stray from the path. It’s an often quiet performance from Isaac, but it’s an incredible one, nonetheless. It was perhaps a bit too subtle for the Academy, but that was a shame.

Three years ago, of course, he was robbed of a Best Actor nomination for Inside Llewyn Davis, his best performance to date in my eyes. Playing a folk artist in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1961 for the Coen Brothers, he blew me away with his talent. Singing a number of heartbreaking songs in addition to essaying a complicated character who’s on screen for basically every frame of the film, it was a crime that Oscar wasn’t Oscar nominated, as it were. He gave the best performance of 2013 on the whole, if you ask me. No one even came close. If nothing else, this is the purest example of the range that Isaac has. It should show that he can do anything.

Last year, along with his strong supporting turn in Ex Machina, he was seen as one of the main new cast members in Episode VII of the Star Wars franchise, namely Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to be precise. Isaac played hot shot rebel pilot Poe Dameron there, giving him a shot at helping to anchor a blockbuster, much like he’s doing this week. He was be under the direction of J.J. Abrams there, with a large ensemble cast of veterans and newcomers to keep the focus from solely being on him. A similar case is with the new X-Men movie, just with Bryan Singer at the helm. In both cases, it is something new from him and his presence is a definite factor in my excitement for this new sequel. Star Wars clearly doesn’t need Isaac and his help, and neither does X-Men, but as a film franchise, they’ll no doubt be better off for having him involved, that much is a given.”

Basically, he is full capable of dominating Hollywood and winning Academy Awards in the process. He’s already been a part of blockbusters, with X-Men: Apocalypse just the latest one, while his first Oscar nomination is only a matter of time away. It’s a question of when, not if, in that regard. Isaac is a special talent, one who makes interesting decisions and is constantly subverting expectations. That’s what you expect from a star, so I’m thrilled that he’s becoming the A-lister that he deserves to be. Sit tight for more on him in a few days when I speak about the new X-Men film, as well as later on this year as he contends for awards with his other projects. He’s as busy as ever, and that’s an exciting prospect…

Stay tuned for more on Isaac and X-Men: Apocalypse later on this week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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