It’s looking like it might be a very special awards season for Adam Sandler. Obviously, Sandler is best known for his goofy comedy films, but true movie lovers know Sandler is a legit actor.
He studied acting for years, serious drama acting, before building his comedy empire. He has given masterful performances in films like Punch Drunk Love and The Meyerowitz Stories.
And this year, you can watch him in the dark dramedy, Uncut Gems. The film, which is directed by the talented Safdie brothers, is receiving a lot of love from critics. It has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Just this past week, Sandler was nominated for a Gotham Award and an Indie Spirit Award for his performance in the film, which could be a sign that an Oscar nomination is coming.
This isn’t Sandler’s first time on the awards campaign trail. It’s been almost 20 years since the former Saturday Night Live player attracted major Oscar buzz for his unexpected dramatic turn in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love. He was shut out of the Academy Awards, but he received a Golden Globe nom.
We’ll see what happens. I think the world wants to see Sandler at the Oscars, but the Academy might shut him out again. Uncut Gems is scheduled to hit theaters December 13. Go watch it.