I've tried to remain as objective as possible and I really do feel like a strong case could have been made for Rob receiving supporting actor recognition in The Rover. That race isn't as hotly contested right now as other categories and it would have been awesome to see Rob campaigning for a role he was exceptional in. This article popped up and echoed many of our sentiments around these parts. If you've followed The Rover Reviews on the blog, you know Rob's performance as Rey was widely applauded. From the Latin Post:
Oscars 2015 Predictions: Why "Twilight" Star Robert Pattinson Should Be Nominated for Best Supporting Actor This Year
The Academy Awards race is heating up with many front runner contenders. However, a number of categories are still up for grabs and a number of films have been ignored throughout despite great reviews and artistic achievements.
One of these films is "The Rover" by David Michod. Back in 2010, the director made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival with his film "Animal Kingdom." The movie went on to get an Oscar nomination for Jacki Weaver and the director became sought-after.However, when "The Rover" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past summer, reviews were positive but buzz was low.
When it premiered in theaters, A24 failed to really give it a decent marketing campaign and the box office results were not very good."The Rover's" results essentially ended any aspirations of an Oscar campaign, but now that pundits have noted that Supporting Actor race is empty, A24 should focus its energies on campaigning Robert Pattinson's masterful performance for the Academy Award race.
Latin Post raved about his performance and stated, "Pattinson is unrecognizable" and "unsettling."Other critics agreed with the Toronto Star stating, "This minimalist gem affords a chance to see ex-Twilight star Robert Pattinson at his dramatic best."
Pattinson may be young for the Academy to recognize, but his work is astonishing and the fact that he was able to crossover from mainstream films to Indie art house films shows his commitment to his craft.
Click HERE to continue reading. Major award nominations are pretty much out of the question since there isn't going to be a campaign for The Rover. We'll keep a lookout though for potential accolades in critics corners similar to Best of Cosmopolis 2012. After all, they were the ones that praised Rob's work so profusely.