Oscar Predictions: Living

From a randy aging rock star in Love Actually to Dave Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Bill Nighy has been turning up in notable roles for years. Yet the acclaimed English thespian hasn’t gotten his awards bait role to date. That could change with Living, which has premiered at Sundance over the weekend.

Set in 1950s London, the remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 pic Ikiru casts Nighy as a government worker diagnosed with a terminal illness. Costars include Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, and Tom Burke. Kazuo Ishiguro, who wrote the source material for 1993’s The Remains of the Day (which nabbed Best Picture and acting noms) is the screenwriter. Initial reviews (under 10 thus far) give it a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

For a well-regarded actor of Nighy’s stature, this certainly seems like something that could be catnip for BAFTA voters. Whether the Academy follows suit might be determined by how robust its campaign is and that, of course, remains to be seen in the days and months ahead. My Oscar Predictions posts will continue…

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