“Nocturnal Animals” opens on November 18, but some of our forum posters have already had a sneak peak at the mind-bending thriller, and “it’s been stuck in my head ever since,” says DominicCobb in our message board. It’s the second film directed by Tom Ford; he’s best known as a fashion designer, but his previous film, “A Single Man” (2009), was critically acclaimed and earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Colin Firth — he would go on to win that category the very next year for “The King’s Speech.”
Based on Austin Wright‘s 1993 novel “Tony and Susan,” the film tells the story of an art gallery owner (Amy Adams) who looks back on her relationship when she reads a violent novel written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). The ensemble cast also includes Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer and Laura Linney.
According to the latest Oscar predictions of our Experts, “Nocturnal Animals” is expected to earn nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Shannon) and Best Adapted Screenplay, but if our early commenters are any indication we shouldn’t rule out Gyllenhaal or Adams.
Are you excited to see “Nocturnal Animals”? Read some of our forum posters spoiler-free comments below, and join the discussion in our message board (some spoilers there):
AMG: In terms of performances, Jake Gyllenhaal for me is the stand out. He gets the emotional range, and has the audience’s support throughout. Amy Adams is also fantastic, though at times feels like a sort of Emily Blunt-in-“Sicario” reactionary role rather than being the creator of the drama (even though her character is the root of the drama across all three stories). Michael Shannon has moments of excellence, and I fully expect a Supporting Actor nomination.
DominicCobb: Saw this a few days ago and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. Love almost everything about it. Should be a big contender but it’s pretty out there in some ways so who knows what the academy will think. One of the biggest standouts to me, actually, was the score. Sounds like a beautiful love child of Bernard Hermann and Philip Glass. Incredible and hypnotic.
Bee: I don’t see the academy embracing this. Not every critic likes this either so voters are going to be split on it. At the most, I see it getting a Screenplay nomination. Maybe Shannon.
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