‘Beautiful Boy’: Will Timothee Chalamet collect Oscar IOU?

Felix Van Groeningen‘s “Beautiful Boy” left audiences at the London Film Festival press screening in tears as it played to three packed theatre screens. Here’s the official synopsis of the Amazon Studios film, one of the most emotional movies to play at LFF: Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Sniffing and throat-clearing were heard throughout the entire showing, and there were many a journo wiping their cheeks dry come the end of the credits. Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet play the father and son.

Chalamet came out nowhere last year and his breakthrough role in “Call Me By Your Name” earned him a Best Actor nomination. This year, he returns with a role that could win him the Supporting Actor Oscar. He plays a real person in a real story (tick) in a film dealing with a very serious issue (tick) and it’s also a bit of a physical transformation, too (tick). Chalamet dropped 20 pounds for the role, resulting in several doctors visits. And, as he was Gary Oldman‘s closest competitor last year, he is carrying an Oscar IOU.

Chalamet is currently in second place to win Best Supporting Actor according to our combined Oscar odds just behind Mahershela Ali (“Green Book”). He’s ahead of Sam Elliott (“A Star Is Born”), Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and Sam Rockwell (“Vice”).

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Carell was nominated for Best Actor for “Foxcatcher” (2014). While that performance was equally excellent, the prosthetics and altered voice sometimes got in the way. In this role, as Nic’s dad David, he delivers on his most natural serious role to date. Currently, Carell is 9th in our Best Actor odds charts.

“Beautiful Boy” could also contend for Best Adapted Screenplay. Luke Davies and Van Groeningen turned the memoirs of both Nic and David Sheff into one film. That’s twice the work of a normal adaptation, and it pays off – they give us a balanced story that gives us insights into both worlds – those of struggling addict and desperate dad. Davies is already a Best Adapted Screenplay nominee for another real-life story – “Lion” (2016).

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