Sandler, Pattinson draw awards buzz
It’s a long way from May in France to February in Los Angeles, but the Cannes Film Festival has often been a breeding ground for Academy Awards campaigns.
Standing ovations at Cannes, which concluded Sunday, appear likely to lead to awards consideration for a number of big stars, including unlikely names like Adam Sandler and Robert Pattinson.
When Sandler has waded into drama, he’s often won raves. But even more than his turns in Punch Drunk Love and Spanglish, Sandler’s tender, rumpled performance as a recently divorced father in Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) was hailed as a new high point for the Sand Man. The Netflix release could also earn some attention for Dustin Hoffman, who with typical distinction plays the prickly father of Sandler in the film.
Meanwhile, Pattinson’s scruffy, scuzzy performance as a Queens bank robber in Benny and Josh Safdie’s Good Time was immediately hailed as a career-best for the 31-yearold actor.