TribecaFilm website has published an article talking about Oscar and his amazing performance at Show Me a Hero. It worth the reading!
Check some excerpts:
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.
Our gallery was updated with the first batch of pictures from last night. Oscar attended a post party offered by Warner Bros., which is pictured. He also attended a HBO party, but we don’t have HQ pictures of this one yet.
Isaac took home the Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for Show Me a Hero, which told the story of a white middle-class neighborhood’s resistance to a federally mandated public housing development in Yonkers, New York. The show was based on Lisa Belkin’s 1999 book of the same name.
Isaac, scoring his second Globe nomination — the first was in 2014 for his work in Inside Llewyn Davis — beat out fellow nominees Idris Elba, Mark Rylance, David Oyelowo, and Patrick Wilson.
Show Me a Hero has finished its row last night on HBO in a heartbreaking episode, combined with a stellar performance of Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko. You can find screencaptures added in our gallery, and also watch the HBO’s Inside the Series Parts 5 & 6 video below:
HBO aired the first two parts of Show Me a Hero this Sunday, and the mini-series – specially Oscar – received great reviews. Our gallery was updated with screencaptures, and promotional images of Oscar as the embattled mayor of Yonkers, Nick Wasicsko.
Based on Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction account of the same name, Show Me a Hero takes its title from an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote that concludes, “and I’ll write you a tragedy.” In Simon and Zorzi’s mix of political drama, psychological portrait, and sociological study, the semi-accidental hero is real-life personage Nick Wasicsko, a 28-year-old Democratic city councilman who successfully runs for mayor by opposing the public-housing plans, then finds himself forced to defend them to a rabid mob of betrayed voters.
HBO will air the remained four episodes in the next two weeks, and you can check a resume on the last two episodes below:
HollywoodReporter.com — Based on the book by Lisa Belkin, six-hour mini “Show Me a Hero” marks “The Wire” and “Treme” alum’s latest exploration of race in America.
The premium cable network has greenlit miniseries Show Me a Hero, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Crash’s Paul Haggis will direct, with Oscar Isaac (Drive, Star Wars: Episode VII) and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips) attached to star in the six-hour entry.
Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, N.Y. Simon and William F. Zorzi will pen the script and executive produce alongside Nina Noble, Gail Mutrux and Haggis, who will direct via The Wire creator’s A Blown Deadline banner.
Show Me a Hero is set in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It centers on the young mayor of a midsize American city who is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the whole city apart, paralyzes the entire municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.
Isaac will star as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy. Keener will portray Mary Dorman, an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to a remarkable realization during the battle over where to build low-income housing.
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