TribecaFilm website has published an article talking about Oscar and his amazing performance at Show Me a Hero. It worth the reading!
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Every single one of these actors has achieved performances that should be continued topics of conversation among the Academy. But none of them have cut even nearly as deep as Oscar Isaac in Show Me a Hero, which is a wondrous and walloping characterization that ranks among the very finest performances in contemporary film…except that it aired on television.
HBO’s miniseries Show Me a Hero recounts a gripping episode of real-life communal schism, in which government-mandated efforts to build affordable public housing in 1980s Yonkers were met with resistance by the neighborhood’s predominantly white, middle-class residents. Equal parts historical docudrama, institutional survey, and Shakespearean tragedy, Show Me a Hero features one of the year’s absolute best ensembles, crammed with easily-recognizable veteran character actors plenty of fresh newcomers of color.
At the epicenter of the storm is Oscar Isaac, who over the course of Hero’s six exhilarating episodes solidified himself once and for all as the most fascinating actor of his generation. In Isaac’s skin, Nick Wasicsko is indeed an ambitious, committed, and charismatic political venturer, a proud and poised hometown boy done good. But there’s always a trace of unnerving desperation, a distinctive sense of unease that’s gradually chipping away at his confident surface from as early as the first episode. As Nick’s fall from grace only grows steeper, Isaac strips away layer upon layer of Nick’s outward cool, revealing a much more profound portrait of a man trying and failing to cover his torment and keep a level head. Much of this is due to Isaac’s skillful physical embodiment, which traces a character arc all on its own, from early, cock-of-the-walk pride to fidgety, slump-shouldered shame.
In short, this series needs Isaac, who has a preternatural yet underutilized ability to feel his characters’ inner anguish and then make us feel it through some sort of invisibly electric connective tissue between actor and audience. Isaac can take a question as potentially and impossibly treacly as “If I’m not the mayor of Yonkers, will you still love me?” and turn it into the most heartbreaking line reading of the year by simply saying it with uncommonly abundant sincerity.
Between Show Me a Hero, Ex Machina, the 2015 Tribeca selection Mojave, and that underdog little indie Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it has been a banner year for Isaac. I’d hand him six Oscars and at least as many Emmys on the sole basis of Show Me a Hero, an illuminating, involving, and ever-timely chronicle that I cannot possibly encourage more people to take a chance on, if only to experience an essential performance from an actor whose work we’ll certainly be talking about for decades to come.
Make sure to read the whole article at tribecafilm.com