Robert Redford has only contended as an actor at the Oscars once; he lost that bid for headlining 1973 Best Picture champ “The Sting” to Jack Lemmon (“Save the Tiger”). Four decades on, he is the Best Actor frontrunner for his riveting performance in “All is Lost.” Playing a man lost at sea, he is the only cast member in this sophomore film by J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”). There is little dialogue but the camera seldom leaves the weatherbeaten face of the screen legend.
He did take home an Oscar in 1980 for helming the Best Picture winner “Ordinary People.” And he was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2002 for his work with the Sundance Institute, which is where Chandor trained. While the reserved Redford is on hand every January for that organization’s film festival in Park City, Utah, he only took his first trip down Route 6 to Telluride, Colorado this weekend for a tribute and screening of “All is Lost.”
The reception accorded him certainly made the 368-mile trek worthwhile. Redford remains the overwhelming favorite for Best Actor among our experts as he has since the film premiered at Cannes in May. Their confidence in him is boosted by reviews like the following:
Anne Thompson, Thompson on Hollywood: The star carries the screen–you believe that he is a capable, canny, confident sailor who resourcefully pits himself against everything that the sea and nature throw at him. In one shot as he prepares to confront a major storm there’s a glimpse of that old Sundance Kid smile as he faces a worthy adversary.
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