It’s not every year Adam Sandler finds himself among the year’s award season contenders. The comedian made a drastic turn to star as a New York Diamond District dealer that goes down a dangerous rabbit hole in the Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems. Depending on how Oscar season shakes out, Sandler’s name could be called along the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Christian Bale and Adam Driver at award shows. His thoughts? In his words:
Watch your back! Adam Sandler is ready to make Jack & Jill 2: Double Trouble– if he doesn’t get that golden trophy on Hollywood’s biggest night. Of course, the actor was joking in his recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show. Or was he? I mean, the first Jack & Jill already exists… not to mention Grown Ups 2. This could actually be a legitimate threat. Be advised, Academy!
It’s a clever comment since in recent years the actor has received a ton of flack for his comedy movies (enter our Murder Mystery review). It’s been a hot minute since Adam Sandler has been highly praised for one of his movie roles. Many would claim he kind of always plays himself. But, then there’s Uncut Gems.
As diamond dealer and gambling addict, Howard Ratner, Sandler completely disappears into his role in the A24 release. Uncut Gems is an anxiety-fueled epic by the filmmakers behind Good Time and Sandler’s performance has been named an unmistakable highlight. Now the potential of the actor receiving his first Oscar nomination is by no means outside the realm of possibility.
When Adam Sandler was asked gaining Oscar attention for his Uncut Gems role, he talked about how he didn’t work any harder than he does on his comedy films but he really “loved every day at work”. The actor learned a lot about the jewelry district in New York and almost got choked out while playing the part. Uncut Gems currently has a near-perfect 95% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Back in 2002, Adam Sandler previously took on a much buzzed-about dramatic role (and one of his best movies to date) in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love. When he didn’t get nominated for the role, many believed he’d been snubbed.
Does he have a chance during this year’s award season? Uncut Gems comes at a particularly strong year in movies when films such as The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Joker, Ford v. Ferrari and such also exist. Stay tuned with us here on CinemaBlend as the season unfolds!