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Why Viggo Mortensen's Surprise Oscar Nomination Is So Fantastic


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Viggo Mortensen has just come in under the radar. But that's what he tends to do.

One of the biggest surprises in Tuesday's Oscar-nomination rollout was a Best Actor nomination for the 57-year-old star of Captain Fantastic, an indie movie that, unlike the highly acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, has pretty much remained one since its release in July.

Mortensen is best known for his work as strapping, noble Aragorn in the colossal Lord of the Rings movies but, before and since, he has taken on roles in an unpredictable string of well-directed, carefully chosen movies (Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method), all of them many leagues away from the Shire and, for that matter, mainstream audiences.

The latest of these is Captain Fantastic.

In this tough-minded but also achingly sentimental movie, directed by Matt Ross, he plays Ben, a radically principled family man raising his wife and children way out in the forest: They live completely off the grid, fueling their mind with books (you know, those things printed on paper) and keeping themselves fit with outdoor exercises that look like kinder, more holistic rituals from The Lord of the Flies.

Then something goes very wrong — to spoil it would seem rather unfair considering this is a movie few people may be aware even existed — and the family must suddenly cope with something even worse than civilization.

(Hint: relatives.)

Mortensen's performance has edged out those of heavy hitters such as Tom Hanks this awards season. He was up for a Golden Globe and is among the nominees at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards. And he is, in a word, fantastic.

Ben is something of a holy fool, a martinet, a cockeyed optimist and a brooding pessimist, a family man who doesn't necessarily understand his children's thoughts or feelings.

In other words, he's a very human bundle of contradictions barely held together by Mortensen's lean sinews and quiet intelligence. He could be a character out of Henrik Ibsen if Ibsen had been a showrunner on Survival.

Still, it's hard to imagine that Mortensen can triumph at the Oscars over Manchester's Oscar-nominated Casey Affleck, whose performance is even more torturously knotted with conflict and contradiction.

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Official Oscar Nominations


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The Oscar nominees for best actor in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: Casey Affleck, "Manchester by the Sea"; Andrew Garfield, "Hacksaw Ridge"; Ryan Gosling, "La La Land;" Viggo Mortensen, "Captain Fantastic"; Denzel Washington, "Fences."



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Viggo to Present at 23rd Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS


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Casey Affleck, Octavia Spencer & More to Present at 23rd Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

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Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Lucas Hedges, Taraji P. Henson, Brie Larson, Janelle Monáe, Viggo Mortensen and Octavia Spencer will be presenters at the 23rd Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.

This elite group joins a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards® Ceremony that already includes Life Achievement Award presenters Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton. The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT).

Casey Affleck is a double SAG Awards nominee this year for his performance in Manchester by the Sea: Outstanding Performance by a Male Lead in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He previously was nominated for Male Actor in a Supporting Role for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008).

Mahershala Ali has the distinction of receiving the most SAG Awards nominations this year. He is nominated for his supporting role in Moonlight and as a cast member of both that film and Hidden Figures. Ali has three previous nominations, two for House of Cards (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2016 and 2015) and one for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Cast in a Motion Picture, 2009)

Naomie Harris is a first-time Actor® nominee. Her Outstanding Performance in Moonlight is being considered for both Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Cast in a Motion Picture.

Lucas Hedges joins the exclusive roster of SAG Awards nominees for the first time this year in two Outstanding Performance categories for Manchester by the Sea: Male Actor in a Supporting Role and Cast in a Motion Picture.

Taraji P. Henson has received six previous Actor® nominations, three of which were for Boston Legal (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series 2009, 2008 and 2007). She was twice nominated in 2009 for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, both for her supporting role and as a cast member. Her first motion picture cast nomination was in 2006 for Hustle & Flow.

Brie Larson received The Actor® in 2016, recognizing her Outstanding Performance by a Female Lead in a Motion Picture. Her SAG Award for her role in Room had been Larson's first nomination.

Janelle Monáe is under consideration for two different films this year, Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Her nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are her first.

Viggo Mortensen took home an Actor® in 2004 as a member of the cast of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2004. A double SAG Award nominee this year for both his leading role and as a cast member of Captain Fantastic, he was previously nominated for Eastern Promises (Male Lead in a Motion Picture, 2008); and with his fellow cast members for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2003) and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002).

Octavia Spencer was honored with two Actor® statuettes for her performance in The Help (2012): Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Cast in a Motion Picture. She is nominated this year in those two categories for her performance in Hidden Figures.

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). TBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks' websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a primetime encore of the ceremony immediately following the live presentation.

Prior to the televised ceremony, the stunt ensemble honorees will be announced during the SAG Awards Live Red Carpet Pre-Show webcast.

One of the awards season's premier events, the SAG Awards® annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely performers' peers in SAG-AFTRA, which last year numbered 121,546. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles. For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visitsagawards.org/about.

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Viggo at KRFY


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Many thanks to Chrissie for this image of Viggo visiting KRFY Community Radio in Sandpoint on 16 January:



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