The Courier-Mail

EDGERTON GENERATES OSCAR BUZZ FOR BIO FILM

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AUSTRALIAN actor Joel Edgerton is generating early Oscar buzz after his US crime film Black Mass screened at the Telluride Film Festival.

Strong reviews for the biographic­al film emerged yesterday and it was Edgerton who received several favourable comments, holding his own against famous co-stars Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatc­h.

Media outlet Deadline.com claimed the 41-year-old (pictured), who plays FBI agent John Connolly, “could well be in contention for a Best Supporting Actor nomination”, while Chicago Tribune noted his ability to avoid becoming a “caricature”.

But it was The Hollywood Reporter that had the greatest praise for Edgerton.

It said he “comes pretty close to stealing the show” from Depp and it would be a shock if he did not receive an Oscar nomination.

Depp earnt his fair share of praise for his portrayal of Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger, with reviewers also calling for him to be among the nominees at next year’s Academy Awards.

Black Mass will be released in Australian cinemas on October 8.

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