• Golden Globe Awards

Our Nominees: Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea. Hand-picked first by Matt Damon – who was originally going to direct the movie – and later by writer-director Kenneth Lonergan to play Lee Chandler, the prodigal son of Manchester –By-Sea, self-exiled to Boston after a life-changing event, Casey Affleck relied on his passion for the material to compose his complex performance. “This has only happened a couple of times in my life”, Affleck told us. “If you are lucky, along comes something where you think I 100 per cent want to do it and I am dying to do it.(…) Just reading the script, it was so well written, I immediately connected with it.” This is Casey Affleck’s second Golden Globe nomination: in 2008 he was nominated in the Supporting Actor category for his work on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ( he was the Coward Robert Ford). (Casey Affleck también en español.)Joel Edgerton, Loving. Richard Loving was a shy, quiet young man in a rural community in early 1960s Virginia. No one would probably remember him today had he not fallen in love and married his neighbor Mildred Jeter. Richard was white and Mildred was of African-American and Native American descent, and their marriage was illegal according to the laws of the state of Virginia – and to preserve their union they has to go all the way to the Supreme Court. “He didn’t want to be on the spotlight. They didn’t want to be on the spotlight”, Edgerton told us, explaining the roots of his subtle and highly expressive performance as Richard Loving. “He was not the kind of guy that most people expected. He was a redneck – he actually had a red neck. (One of his lawyers) said that he looked like a guy who was part of a KKK chapter. He was a very quiet man, and (you) really have to focus on what (his) silence was all about.” This is Joel Edgerton’s first Golden Globe nomination. (Joel Edgerton también en español)Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge. Desmond Doss, a World War II Army medic, is the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot – even though this conscientious objector saved dozens of lives in one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific front, Okinawa. Andrew Garfield plays Doss with the mix of grit, sweetness and tenacity that, he says, were the real man’s essential traits: “His impetus came from knowing violence within himself and knowing his own ability to do harm to others. And choosing to put that energy into something else, put that energy into healing. So actually he became the most violent healer that the battlefield has ever seen.” This is Andrew Garfield’s second nomination – he was nominated in the Supporting Actor category in 2011, for The Social Network. (Andrew Garfield también en español.)Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic. Talking to us at the Cannes Film Festival, Viggo Mortensen says he smiled when he read the title of Captain Fantastic’s script. “I smiled and said, it can’t really be called that, it can’t really be serious.” It was, and soon Mortensen was enchanted by fellow actor-turned-writer-director Matt Ross’ screenplay about a radical and devoted dad raising his six children off the grid in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. “Several times I stopped and I was laughing out loud, just imagining the situation or mood, and surprised that things weren’t the way I thought. (…) But if you don’t risk something, you are not going to make something special.” Which most certainly he did, in fine, nuanced performance that’s nothing but fantastic. This is Mortensen’s third nomination; in 2008 he was nominated in the same Drama category for Eastern PromisesA Dangerous Method. (Viggo Mortensen también en español.)Denzel Washington, Fences. Reprising (and directing) on the big screen the role he played in the 2010 Broadway production of August Wilson’s celebrated play, Denzel Washington has a straightforward definition for the talkative, conflicted and baseball-obsessed Troy and the drama that unfolds around him: “It’s a story about a family that could take place at any time, about this husband’s frustration and what he chooses to do about it, the poor decisions that he makes”, he told us. “The family part of it, which is the basis of it, is universal. It could be now, it could be 100 years from now.” Although Wilson’s play – part of his 10-piece Pittsburgh Cycle – takes place within the frame of the 1950s and racial discrimination, Washington says that was not his approach in the movie: “It’s not a story about a social landscape. The universal stems from the specific.” This is Denzel Washington’s eighth nomination; he won a Golden Globe in the Supporting category in 1990, for Glory, and again in 1993 in the Actor/Drama section for Malcolm X. He is the recipient of our 2016 Cecil B. deMille Award.中文介绍请看这里