Sunday, August 7, 2011

Is Ryan Gosling driving 3 of 2011's Oscar vehicles?

Ryan Gosling has a reputation for being picky about his projects, but clearly good scripts are rolling in, and he has chosen very well this year. After last year's Oscar snub for Blue Valentine, he is back with a vengeance. 

The trailer for George Clooney's latest political thriller, The Ides of March, lands just in time to meet strong  reviews calling Gosling's Crazy, Stupid, Love 'fresh''crazy smart''romantic, touching... and screwball, yet reassuringly down-to-earth' and 'flirting with greatness' (okay, I just took the good stuff).

Although Crazy, Stupid, Love was arguably intended to belong to Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone are getting all the best reviews. Gosling plays flawlessly smooth playboy , Jacob, who has to come to grips with messy feelings when he unexpectedly falls for Emma Stone's Hannah. Gosling is being hailed for showing comic timing as sharp as his abs, although Emma Stone - hot off last year's Easy A -seems to be the real revelation. It's not typical Oscar fare, but with 10 slots, a classy cast and good reviews could take it far if it has significant box office numbers. 

Ides of March comes with ready-made Oscar pedigree, and would have to disappoint to miss out. Its also a meaty role for Gosling, as he navigates the ethics and betrayals of high-stakes politics, and plays off a top-notch ensemble cast.  

Still due for general release is the ultimate Gosling vehicle of 2011 - Nicolas Winding Refn's critically raved - & Cannes Best Director Winner - Drive. Gosling plays a loner Los Angeles wheelman, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night, slowly drawn into a relationship with his neighbour - the lovely Carey Mulligan - by her ex-convict husband. More importantly, Winding Refn stacks up tension and unpredictability like a master, and Gosling inhabits the screen with epic presence, and brings human intensity to the action. An Oscar-contending performance, according to Sasha Stone over at Awards Daily.