Two years ago, child star Jacob Tremblay generated a ton of Oscar buzz for his scene-stealing performance in “Room.” While Brie Larson, who played his mom, won the Best Actress Academy Award, the talented Tremblay had to settle for a shout-out in her acceptance speech. Now, with “Wonder,” he has a role that could well make him one of the youngest Oscar nominees ever. (Watch the trailer above).
Based on the 2012 bestselling young adult novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio, this heartfelt film tells the story of Auggie Pullman ( Tremblay), a boy born with a facial deformity who endures a decade of surgeries before finally allowed to enroll in school. Oscar winner Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich”) plays his overly protective mother Isabel while Owen Wilson has his most dramatic role ever as his father Nate who pushes him to spread his wings.
Working from an adaptation by Steven Conrad (“Patriot”) and Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”), Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) does a deft job at balancing the sentimental with the serious. After initial screenings went so well, Lionsgate pushed the picture back from a planned release in April to the height of awards season with a November 17 opening.