There is no Viggo performance clearly in the running in this year and you're missing it, aren't you? Snippets and rumours from all the Oscar prediction sites (which are now in Oscar Overdrive), the tension while we wonder if there be a nomination or not (and the joy we experienced with Eastern Promises), the quiet rage while one of cinema's best actors around turns in one of the best performances of the year, the critics love it, but everyone else ignores it. Yup, we don't really care if there is a gold statue gathering dust on one of Viggo's shelves or not and neither, really, does he. But I'm kind of missing all the speculation and excitement this year. So, in a long and indulgent Quotable, this is the reason why...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, certainly one of the great actors of our time, told us in a Venetian hallway of the Hotel Excelsior how he regarded Viggo Mortensen as one of the masters of the profession. A point of view that is totally shared.
Viggo Mortensen in the Shoes of Dr. Freud
By Nicolas Crousse
Le Soir ? translated by Dom
4 September 2011
A Dangerous Method
Fortunately, things improve a great deal once Freud arrrives. Mortensen (aided by probably the most significant nose prosthesis since Nicole Kidman's in "The Hours") is, as he so often is these days, tremendous, bringing a patrician wit and real pathos to the part?..Mortensen caps off a trilogy of perfect performances for Cronenberg (and is the film's best bet for award nods, we imagine).
2 September 2011
In Viggo Mortensen, Hillcoat is working with one of the current cinema's great quiet everymen, and if anyone can make the novel's stolid, unnamed hero empathic and emotionally alive on screen whilst remaining loyal to the novel's aesthetic minimalism, it's this immensely physical, restrained performer. It's a masterstroke of casting that I hope connects with its on-paper potential: if it does, I can see Mortensen leading the film's awards trail.
Mortensen's performance as the lead is simply unforgettable and a sure lock for an Oscar nomination.
19 October 2009
Viggo Mortensen's performance is definitely Oscar-worthy and so is John Hillcoat's directing. Do yourself a favor, see this movie as soon as it becomes available. And be ready to cry, scream and enjoy yourself.
The Best Movies from Toronto Film Festival
13 September 2009
Viggo Mortensen delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as a man whose humanity and strength of will must outlast the end of civilization.
13 September 2009
Viggo Mortensen gives one of his most haunting and emotional performances in "The Road," the post-apocalyptic tale from the pen of the great American author, Cormac McCarthy, whose book "No Country for Old Men" deservedly won the 2007 Best Picture Oscar. It may be premature, but I think that Viggo Mortensen's work in this tough, relentlessly grim but ultimately humanistic picture should get a serious consideration comes Oscar time.
Interview with Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Contender
3 September 2009
Viggo Mortensen has never been better than he is in The Road. He arguably gives the best male performance of the year, starving himself down to nothing, and finding the terror in his situation. This is something I've only seen another actor do once: Adrien Brody in The Pianist
14 January 2010
The look in Viggo's eyes secures his nomination, I feel confident. It's going to take a lot of wry grins, curmudgeonly scowls, and other baked ham recipes for any other actor to match the depths this role fathoms.
Just look at how skinny and dirty Viggo is in the picture -- give that man an award, 30 seconds of acceptance speech time and a sandwich.
IFC.com comment about the publicity photos
19 August 2008
When I left the Sala de Proyección after seeing this marvel, I did it with the conviction that this film would be one of the Hollywood Academy's important options for this year's Oscars. But the nominations announced this week make no sense to me when faced with a handful of films that in all cases don't even come close to surpassing the merits of The Road. The ways of Hollywood are inscrutable, leaving a great Viggo Mortensen out of the running in an especially unjust way.
Javier Lacomba Tamarit talking about The Road
2 February 2010
In 2000, Ed Harris made his directorial debut with the fantastic Pollock. Hollywood pundits fawned over the film and the actor-turned-director ad nauseum. Strangely, his follow-up, the wonderful western, Appaloosa got largely lost in the shuffle. Even more irking, the always-strong Viggo Mortensen got little recognition for a nuanced supporting turn. With the moustache of the year (that should be an award), Mortensen turned a rather standard best-friend part into a quiet tour de force.
Oscar nominations 2009
Mortensen's Oscar-class performance as Everett Hitch was masterful as a poetic yet fierce officer of the law.
Parimal M. Rohit
19 September 2008
It's a watershed role for Mortensen and, such is the commitment he offers, it's not too rash to compare his performance to Robert De Niro's Oscar-winning turn as the young Don Corleone in The Godfather Part II.
I've taken on too much...
by James Mottram, The Independent / UK.
23 October 2007
Here is my personal take on the Oscar-nominated performances I believe will survive the "test" of time:
As driver/hitman Nikolai Luzhin, Viggo Mortensen not only mastered the Russian accent and dare to bare much more than his soul. He immersed himself into the mind of this man born and raised in the former Soviet Union, a dark figure with more good to him than anyone around him can even imagine. Mortensen played Nikolai as a real person (living in a very raw London, thanks to David Cronenberg's direction) and his idealization of this character other actors have similarly played to over-the-top results in many crime stories is among the best in the genre, ever.
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The Oscar Igloo
7 February 2008
...a piece of complete immersion that I'm convinced will be remembered as 2007's defining male performance....Any clip from the bath house scene would make the best darned Oscar clip ever.
23 December 2007
Mortensen is one of the most diverse, least mannered but most overlooked actors working in Hollywood...
1 Sept 2007
Someone, nominate this man for an Oscar already!
Cornell Daily Sun
14 Sept 2007
A History of Violence
'Viggo Mortensen probably gave the best performance I have seen in a motion picture in as long as I can remember in A History of Violence .... Bill Hurt got a nomination for a rather bizarre, overly done performance in that film, but Viggo Mortensen is probably the premier actor in the business.'
Dale Olson, publicist
Oscar, You Insensitive Lout
by Sara Vilkomerson, New York Observer,
The beating pulse of the movie comes from Bello and Mortensen, both of whom are award worthy. Viggo might have had a haircut since his middle-earth days, but he's lost none of his power. Look into his eyes, you'll see his soul.
29 September 2005
And finally, there is Viggo Mortensen. If anyone has ever been more perfectly cast than he is here as Tom Stall, I haven't seen the film.
Fantastic performance from Viggo Mortensen.....he is absolutely a brilliant actor, he is the Robert de Niro of his generation, the Marlon Brando of his generation, the man is a genius.
BBC Radio Five Live
30 September 2005
But - thank goodness for this...
"I would rather see San Lorenzo win the tournament than get an Oscar, definitely."
By Juan Cruz Sanchez Marino - translated by Graciela
26 December 2008
Have you ever thought what you would say if you won an Oscar?
El Mundo Webchat With Viggo Mortensen
By - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
21 November 2011