Joseph Gordon-Levitt welcomed a baby boy over the weekend with his wife Tasha McCauley. Being the awards nuts that we are, we can't help but wonder if Gordon-Levitt is about to bring home another small bald thing in a few months … the Oscar! Gordon-Levitt is the lead character in not one, but two hot Oscar contenders due out this year: "Snowden" in which he plays infamous CIA leaker Edward Snowden and "The Walk" where he portrays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit.
Both films are helmed by renowned Oscar-winning directors, which puts Gordon-Levitt in the unique position of having two entries in the competitive Best Actor race. "Snowden" is directed by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone and hits theaters Christmas day. Stone won the Oscar for Best Screenplay in 1978 for "Midnight Express" and took home Best Director trophies for "Platoon" (1986) and "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989). And "The Walk" is helmed by Robert Zemeckis, who won an Oscar for directing Best Picture champ "Forrest Gump" (1994). This biopic, based on the Oscar-winning documentary "Man on Wire," will be released October 9.
Which of these films is more likely to bring Gordon-Levitt his first-ever Oscar nomination? Our users, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been furiously debating this hot topic in our movie forum. Join the discussion here. Sample comments from our forum posters include:
Halo_Insider: I'd go for "The Walk," if only because Zemeckis is coming off of a minor comeback with "Flight." But, even then, I'm not sure how much of a sell it could be to Oscar voters.
FilmGuy619: "Snowden" in case "The Walk" peaks too early. But then again, "Snowden" could peak too late. But I do hope he gets that Oscar nod he should've gotten for "50/50."
babypook: As a follow-up to the winning "Citizen Four," which is really quite surprising, I'll go with Snowden. Plus, it's Oliver, so I'm not very worried about the political POV here. Then again, Zemeckis, whom I prefer of these two, could surprise. It's about time either way for the talented J G-L.
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Photo: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 'Snowden.' Credit: Moviestore/REX