Does Paul Walker deserve an Oscar nomination for 'Hours'?

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Dec 01 2013 17:27 pm
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"I don't get it. This wasn't supposed to happen," Paul Walker gasps in "Hours," a gritty indie film due to open in theaters just two weeks after a mystifying car crash that wasn't supposed to happen either. In "Hours," we see what a substantial actor Walker really was – something previously dwarfed by the roaring sports cars and sputtering gunfire in his "Fast and Furious" flicks.

In "Hours," Walker portrays a father desperate to save his infant daughter soon after his wife dies in childbirth. The girl is hooked up to a respirator, which suddenly fails when Hurricane Katrina hits, zapping electricity. The only way Walker can keep the girl alive is by operating a hand pump that must be cranked every three minutes. Time is running out and there's no help in sight.

Walker's performance is quite impressive here. Do you think he deserves an Oscar? Or at least a nomination?

 
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