2022: The Year of Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell may have lost a friend in Brendan Gleeson’s character during The Banshees of Inisherin, but he seems poised to gain some with Oscar voters.

That’s all part of a busy 2022 for the actor and he’s my 3rd entry for six posts covering performers who had an impressive 2022 at the movies. If you missed the entries covering Farrell’s Minority Report costar Tom Cruise and Michelle Yeoh, you can find them here:

20 years after Minority Report, Farrell turned up in a quartet of pictures which all drew acclaim. The spring gave us Kogonada’s contemplative sci-fi drama After Yang where he showed off some sweet Dad dance moves in the opening credits. That same month, an unrecognizable Farrell played the Penguin in The Batman from Matt Reeves. The makeup was impressive. So was his performance and an HBO Max limited series focused on the character is in the works.

On a side note, another villain from The Batman came close to making my list of six. Paul Dano, who played the Riddler, could be in line for a Supporting Actor mention in Minority Report director Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans. AND we have Farrell’s Banshees costar Barry Keoghan (SPOILER ALERT: he cameos as Joker in The Batman). He might turn up in Supporting Actor as well.

Back to Farrell. In the summer, he was among the ensemble for Ron Howard’s Tham Luang cave rescue saga Thirteen Lives. Reviews were solid for all three films and they all showcased his skills.

The capper came in the fall with Banshees. Reuniting with his In Bruges director Martin McDonagh and costar Gleeson, Farrell nabbed some career best notices as the naive Irish drinking buddy who inexplicably loses his best buddy. He’s close to a guarantee for a first Oscar nomination and he could win.

Critics and moviegoers were not in the minority appreciating the veteran performer and I’m pleased to report his inclusion as someone who can cheer to a fruitful 2022. My Year Of posts will continue with a new Scream Queen who made her presence known every day of the week…

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