“He is extraordinary as an individual and implausible as an actor, and I believe that he’s simply good.”
For a lot of “Prime Gun: Maverick” followers it was a disappointing Tuesday when Tom Cruise did not obtain a Greatest Actor Oscar nomination for the blockbuster sequel.
Amongst these mourning the snub is definitely his co-star within the movie, Jennifer Connelly, who simply two days prior went on file to enthusiastically clarify why she believes he “completely deserve[d]” to be nominated by the Academy.
Whereas talking with Variety on the 2023 Sundance Movie Pageant on Sunday, Connelly — who stars as Penny reverse Cruise’s Peter “Maverick” Mitchell within the movie — praised Cruise’s efficiency.
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“He is extraordinary. I believe he does an incredible job within the film,” mentioned Connelly, 52. “He is extraordinary as an individual and implausible as an actor, and I believe that he’s simply good. He embodies that character so superbly, and I believe he completely deserves it.”
“I believe that the movie is a very well made movie and it is actually onerous to make a movie like that,” she continued, earlier than stating the entire “work” Cruise, 60, put into the function.
“Moreover all of the stuff on the bottom and the way fantastic he’s in these scenes and creating these relationships,” Connelly mentioned. “I believe the connection he has with Miles [Teller]’s character is so lovely and shifting. However the work that he did to perform these flying sequences, it is one thing else. It truly is.”
On Tuesday, the ninety fifth Annual Academy Awards nominations have been introduced. Cruise was shut out of the Greatest Actor class, whereas Austin Butler (“Elvis”), Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”) and Invoice Nighy (“Residing”) obtained nominations.
Though Cruise wasn’t nominated for Greatest Actor on the 2023 Golden Globes or SAG Awards both, he was acknowledged on the Critics’ Alternative Awards, however misplaced to Fraser.
Luckily, there may be nonetheless an opportunity that Cruise can win an Oscar for “Prime Gun: Maverick” because the movie is likely one of the 10 up for Greatest Image, with Cruise being nominated for his function as a producer, which marks his fourth Oscar nomination.
Cruise was beforehand nominated for Greatest Actor in 1990 and 1997 for his roles in “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire,” respectively. He additionally obtained a nod for Greatest Supporting Actor in 2000 for “Magnolia.”
Together with Greatest Image, “Prime Gun: Maverick” obtained 5 nominations in whole for the 2023 Oscars, with the movie additionally being acknowledged in 4 different classes: Tailored Screenplay, Movie Modifying, Visible Results, Sound and Greatest Authentic Tune for Woman Gaga’s hit, “Maintain My Hand.”
See the total record of 2023 Oscar nominations, right here.
The ninety fifth Annual Academy Awards will air dwell on March 12 on ABC.