An Oscar That’s Worth the Oscars?

Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in the box office hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens, alongside his trusty droid, BB-8. (Picture courtesy of Allstar/Disney/Lucasfilm)

There is never any shortage of talents in Hollywood. Featuring a minute ensemble of performers from around the world, some may think that the lack of diversity at times makes the acting field a dominant spot for American actors, but while it may have been true long ago, there is always someone who is sure to surprise viewers and producers alike. Many have had their shares of slow starts, and yet, passion reigns supreme when it comes to delivering roles that would make an actor stand out. Not one to be left behind, Oscar Isaac blew into the scene and caught the attention of critics in a span of few years.

Born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada, he is of Guatemalan descent and a multi-talented gem that can croon and strum out a tune at the same time. As of late, he may be well recognized by his role of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however, such is only the tip of the ice berg.

While supporting roles were his staple during the early parts of his career, it did not hinder his tenacity to bring into life characters which made mark on the big screen. His most memorable ones include Joseph from the 2006 Christmas movie, The Nativity Story, José Ramos-Horta from 2009 Australian war film Balibo, and the treacherous King John from 2010s Robin Hood, acting alongside Russel Crowe. In a few years time, he was able to collaborate with other artists and directors, and found himself in good working relation with the Coen Brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina). This marked his transition from taking on supporting roles to landing the lead role himself, delivering unforgettable performances in Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, and Ex Machina. Through these, Oscar garnered various recognition and awards ranging from the Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer up to the Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Oscar Isaac with co-star Justin Timberlake in the critically acclaimed film Inside Llewyn Davis. (Picture courtesy of CBS Films)

This may seem as if Oscar was destined to be solely a great actor, but not to be mistaken – as mentioned earlier, he can sing. Such versatility was showcased when he took on the role of fictional folk singer Llewyn Davis, even going as far as having a duet with his co-star in the movie, pop personality Justin Timberlake. To top it all off, he has been singing even before he got into acting. Growing up in Miami, Florida, he was the vocalist and lead guitarist for his band the Blinking Underdogs (think of the Weezer band, but with trumpets) until such time that he had to transfer to New York to pursue his study and acting career, a humble beginning that would somehow take him far into Hollywood.

A semi-bald Oscar Isaac with his co-star Domhnall Gleeson in the Suspense Sci-Fi movie Ex Machina. This would not be the only time that both actors worked in a single movie, as they were respectively cast in the role of General Hux and Poe Dameron in the 2015 Sci-Fi hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Picture courtesy of A24/Universal Pictures)

And indeed, far did it take him. From his suave performance in Sucker Punch up to his menacing antics in the recent X-men film, one has to wonder what else does an Oscar Isaac have up his sleeve? An important question yet to be answered, as the line up of movies he’ll be in hasn’t finished yet. Having worked with prominent directors and actors before, he would be adding in his resume the upcoming historical drama The Promise (2016) with Christian Bale, the science-fiction movie Annihilation (2017) with Natalie Portman, and Star Wars: Episode VII which is also slated for a 2017 release. Overall, as with the title, is Oscar worthy of an Oscar? The answer would be yes, though definitely not immediate, but yes, he may get a hold of the miniature, golden statue.

After all, no one ever wins the Oscar without patience and an ample amount of great performances in their name, isn’t that right Leo?

The Film Dream

Posted 2015


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