Albert Brooks might feel a bit snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences considering all the critical love for his performance in Nicholas Winding Refn’s genre-delight, Drive. One has only to look at the image above to see why perhaps the Academy wasn’t overly keen on recognizing the picture in any category outside of Sound Editing. In all fairness, violent movies such as Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan and No Country for Old Men were all nominated recently besides violence. But I digress. Despite that many people feel that Brooks hasn’t done genre films before and the performance in Drive seemed to come out of nowhere. But really, Brooks did this kind of thing wonderfully in Stephen Soderberg’s highly entertaining Elmore Leonard adaptation, Out of Sight.
Take this scene where Don Cheadle shakes down Brooks’ white collar inmate in the prison library. On Oscar Nomination day, Cheadle will be playing the part of AMPAS, and this time George Clooney is too busy picking up his own Oscars to play defender to Brooks. Either way, no Gold(Fish) for the man, and that’s too bad.