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The Last King of Scotland: Oscar nod for Forest Whitaker?

Old 08-26-06, 01:03 AM
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The Last King of Scotland: Oscar nod for Forest Whitaker?

I saw the trailer for The Last King of Scotland before Little Miss Sunshine earlier today, and wow, this looks like it could be amazing for Forest Whitaker. Those of us who watch The Shield especially know that he's an amazing actor, so I'm thinking that as long as the film itself holds up, this could be a pretty big deal for him come 2007.

Watch the trailer!

Is there any advance word on this one yet?
Old 08-26-06, 03:07 AM
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Saw the trailer also before Little Miss Sunshine. I'm not too excited about it though. It doesn't look like anything we haven't seen before.
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I saw it to, he looked really good in the film, it's hard to say without seeing the film, but keep in mind that great performances often are overlooked by the Oscars all the time. Whitaker has always impressed me as an actor with his range and ability, so an Oscar nomination I would be happy to see that.
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It looks good but Forrest's makeup job was very distracting. I mean was making a Black man blacker really necessary? I think Forrest could of pulled the role off without wearing blackface.
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Powerful film. Happened to have caught it last night in a free screening. Heard good things going in and wow, Forrest really turns in an Oscar worthy performance. You mention his work on the shield, but he turns up up a few notches for this. We've already seen good cop/bad cop, but he really brings out the guns to show how schitzo Amin was. Also thought James McAvoy did a great job.. and I didn't even know Gillian Anderson was in this film.
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I sometimes look at Oscar prediction sites and they are all putting Whitaker in their predictions for Best Actor. I'm pretty sure he'll be nominated and he might even win. The advance word has focused more on him than on the movie as a whole, though.

Hopefully this role will get Whitaker a steadier stream of good roles. No more Battlefield Earths!
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Forrest was great although the flow and rhythm of the film (the editing) really marred the story

question: is the other 1970's film about Amin available on video?
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Giles: You are probably referring to Barber Schroeder's General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait. It's a good documentary of Idi Amin at the height of his power. That's out on Criterion. Or did you mean the Charles Bronson TV movie?


Went to see this yesterday. Only playing on one screen in Philadelphia but it was packed. This is one of THE BEST movies I've seen this year. If I had to recommend only one movie, it would be this one. Please, if you're near a theatre playing this, go see it on the big screen. It's one of those movies. The movie is all-around fantastic. And until you mentioned it devilshalo, I had no idea Gillian Anderson was in it.
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This 2-hour+ film simply moves without much bloat to the script, and the performances by Forest Whitaker (as Idi Amin) and James McAvoy (as Dr. Garrigan) were first rate. Whitaker's getting a lot of love in awards season for his take on Amin, as he's able to move through the gamut of Amin's charisma and viciousness and basically light up the screen when he's onscreen. McAvoy provides the anchor perspective from which the story is told from, and he co-carries the film on a combination of Scottish charm, mixed with brashness and caring for people.

It's a very engaging and accessible film, and by the time you get the final reel, you may have suffered from frayed nerves from its conclusion, but the power of the story is nonetheless involving and interesting.

It took me a few minutes to realize that the blonde woman with Garrigan was played by Gillian Anderson, who could easily pass for a sister of Virginia Madsen in this film.

I give it 3.75 stars, or a grade of A-.

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