- Golden Globe Awards
Armie Hammer – 75th Golden Globes Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture (Call Me By Your Name)
“I knew I had to do this movie because it challenged me and made me nervous,” divulges Armie Hammer about his decision to tackle the role of Oliver in Call Me By Your Name. Those anxieties didn’t arise from the fact that the 31-year-old actor would be asked to do things on screen he had never done before (let’s just say it involved a peach). Instead the concern was that if he didn’t understand every subtle nuance of the intimate story, he wouldn’t be able to bring it to life. Now honored with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, one presumes Hammer conquered those fears. “Well,” he laughs. “I think I at least made friends with them anyway.”In the Luca Guadagnino drama set in northern Italy, Hammer plays a graduate student that comes to study with a learned professor. While there, he begins a unique friendship with the family, specifically their 17-year-old son Elio (Timothée Chalamet). It is that relationship that has been the source of much critical admiration on the film and one of the greatest draws for Hammer. “What this movie deals with is that love is love and you should feel free to express your love with whoever you feel like sharing it with. I think any heterosexual person can watch the film and let it remind them of the first time they fell in love with somebody or maybe the first time they got their heart broken.”Married for the past seven years to Elizabeth Chambers and the father or two, Hammer is far from having his heart broken. If anything, one would guess it is actually beating euphorically both personally and professionally. Making his television debut at age 19 in Arrested Development and subsequently, appearing in Veronica Mars and Desperate Housewives, it was his turn as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss in David Fincher’s Golden Globe winning The Social Network that proved Hammer’s breakout role and led to star turns in J. Edgar, Mirror, Mirror, Lone Ranger and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Bearing in mind his family legacy, where his paternal great-grandfather was oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer, one might have presumed a practical career in business lay at his footsteps. But instead, Hammer dropped out of high school in 11th grade to pursue an acting career, much to the chagrin of his parents. “I am the only person in my family interested in this business,” he adds. Admittedly, it did not go over well when he told them he wanted to be an actor; and while they acquiesced, they did inform their first born he was on his own financially. “When success started to happen and they saw how hard I was working,” he continues, “I became a novelty to them. So now they have one son who is interested in business and one an actor.”One might say the whole scenario turned out just peachy for Hammer… but that might be a little too personal.