Nominations: Leading Actor (Steve Carell), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Directing (Bennett Miller), Makeup/Hairstyling, and Original Screenplay (E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman)
The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul – a union that leads to unlikely circumstances. (IMDb)
I’ve been looking forward to this one, because I found the casting absolutely fascinating. All three of them did something very different than I have seen before. I would never think of Mark Ruffalo playing a wrestling gold medalist, but he was great. It was interesting watching him as the character bouncing back and forth between intense wrestling guy and a family man. I was also really impressed with Channing Tatum. In the past, I’ve seen him as a better comedic actor than dramatic one, but this may have changed my mind. One of the first things I noticed was that he changed his physicality for the role. He was bulkier, he walked differently, among other things. Like Ruffalo, he also did a really nice job of balancing the wrestling side of the character, with a more sensitive side, which was a little brother wanting to get out of his older brother’s shadow. Lastly, Steve Carell was absolutely fascinating to watch. There was something really quite dark about the way he portrayed du Pont. It was refreshing to see him take on this kind of role. As for the movie itself, the story is extremely interesting, but I will say, the whole thing is very sparse. It’s a quiet movie with a lot of far away shots. Obviously this was done on purpose, and I didn’t mind it for the most part, but it did make some parts drag a little bit. But this movie overall is quite interesting and is worth a watch, especially for the acting.