Newly minted Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac was riveting as Nick Wasicsko in HBO’s Show Me A Hero, garnering the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television.
The Guatemalan-American actor and singer received his first Golden Globe nomination for his starring role in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and is know for his lead roles in A Most Violent Year (2014) and Ex Machina (2015). He stars as X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in the seventh Star Wars film – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and in 2016, can be seen in the ninth X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), as the titular supervillain Apocalypse.
Golden Globes press room with Oscar Isaac:
When do you think the world is going to be okay to talk about Star Wars? In terms of spoilers?
Isaac: I’m here, I’ll put my number out there, anybody can call me if they have any questions about it. We’ll get it taken care of.
You’ve had quite a year from Ex Machina to Star Wars and now you have a Golden Globe. How does it feel? It’s kind of like the cherry on top.
Isaac: It’s incredible. It’s hard to fathom this year. It’s been wild. Very blessed and humbled by everything that’s happening.
We talked before the series came out and you took it on for very personal reasons. Ex Machina, they found it.
Isaac: They did. The people found Ex Machina. I’m very moved by that. I’m so happy that Alicia is there representing the film tonight. As far as this show, it wasn’t necessarily when David Simon approached me and HBO, here’s a six hour mini-series, we want you to play the Mayor of Yonkers, in a six hour mini-series about housing desegregation and municipal law, I had to take a minute to think about it. But once I met Nay Noe Wasicsko, and I saw videos of Nick Wasicsko, I fell in love with him, my heart broke for him. My heart broke for her and their story. I wanted to tell their story and really understand this incredibly difficult time. It wasn’t so long ago and it’s incredibly relevant to what’s happening now. This idea of who gets the right to live where. And why. So I really am proud to have been a part of something that really tried to tell the truth about that story.
What are your plans?
Isaac: I have no plans. I’ve been really into the whole ‘now’ thing and being present. I could not have even planned this. I’ve planned as far as doing this and walking back to my seat. We’ll see what happens then. This whole year has been something that no one could have ever planned.
There’s been a lot of talk about lack of diversity in Hollywood. You’re proving that it’s not happening anymore. You’re the exception. You’re portraying a Colombian guy, now a guy from New York, not necessarily Latino, but of course you’re Latino and not denying it.
Isaac: The guy from Star Wars is not Latino, he’s from a galaxy far, far away, a long time ago. But look, it’s still happening. There’s not a lot of us. And it’s difficult for people that look not like the status quo in this country to get great roles. It’s happening a little bit more and I feel humbled and honored and blessed to have the opportunity to do that. Hopefully that will happen more. The people that cast film and TV shows, hopefully they will be able to see past their limited ideas of what ethnicity is. The great thing about being an actor is that you get to be an expert at things for a very limited amount of time, and then it goes away.
Isaac has also been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Movie made for Television or Limited Series for his role in Show Me A Hero, which has also been nominated for Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series (Winona Ryer). His film Ex Machina has been nominated for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, Best Original Screenplay (Alex Garland) and Best Visual Effects.
The Critics’ Choice Awards are the newly combined honors from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association. The winners of the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards will be announced at the Sunday, January 17th awards gala, hosted by T.J. Miller at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. It will broadcast live on A&E (8/7c), Lifetime and LMN.
Click here for a full list of the nominees.
Watch Isaac’s Golden Globe acceptance speech below.
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