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2013 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS
I can’t help being a tad (understatement of the year) disappointed that Jake wasn’t where I thought he would and should be but I’m happy all the same that End of Watch got two nominations:
Best Supporting Male = Michael Pena
Best Cinematography = Roman Vasyanov
Congratulations on these much deserved acknowledgements and fingers crossed! Complete list of nominees here
On a side note, I’m also very happy, and I know this has nothing to do with Jake Gyllenhaal but allow me this little detour, that KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, a compelling, brilliant gay-themed movie, got 4 nominations, including Best Male Lead (Thure Lindhardt, one of my favorite actors), Best Director (Ira Sachs) and Best Feature. Fingers crossed for you too.
In the spirit of the SAG Awards, Variety invites thesps to applaud their colleagues’ 2012 screen turns.
Carey Mulligan wrote this heartfelt piece about Jake and End of Watch:
A large part of the work involved was observing protocol on the midnight shift with the LAPD. Both he and Michael Pena witnessed pretty tragic, unpleasant scenes that affected them both. His descriptions of the ride-alongs were charged not with voyeurism but with a profound respect for the policemen and women whom they were observing. His reinvigorated sense of perspective and humility was palpable. I sensed just how deep he had already gone, and that the experience was filling him in some new way. Not that Jake had ever taken work lightly – quite the opposite — but what was so distinct on this occasion was that this work was releasing him. He seemed more free, more alive and more comfortable in his skin than I had ever known him.
Watching Jake in “End of Watch,” I saw all of that joyous freedom on the screen. His complete ease in scenes with the brilliant Michael Pena makes those moments wrap around you in all their infectious warmth, and pulls you into the car with them. Their comraderie is the most beautiful portrayal of friendship in the truest sense: absolute trust, love and unflinching loyalty.
It is a love story that broke my heart and Jake’s work is fearless. He is not daunted by the intimacy of their relationship, the lightening fast emotional changes, the dichotomy of bravado and honesty or even a meticulously choreographed first dance at his wedding.
When he stood to speak at the closing of the movie, with such quiet grace, I realized I hadn’t thought once of the Jake I know as my friend but only as the character he embodies in this wonderfully special movie.
Diego Luna (who’s directing Michael in the upcoming film ‘Chavez‘) wrote this about Michael Pena:
He took on a complicated task in “End of Watch.” The entire film rests on a brotherhood filled with significance and everyday interaction. It’s a celebration of friendship, a declaration of love between two men who accompany each other every single day, who communicate without the need to look each other in the eye and selflessly complement one another.
It only took watching the scene after the wedding once they’ve had a few drinks to understand that a human being is complete only when given the opportunity to experience friendship as a concept in perpetuity.
With this film, Michael confirms once again that he is well-equipped to take on more and more ambitious roles each time, and that he can easily transition from drama to comedy without any difficulty, and always with great success.
Speaking of End of Watch, here’s a little something for those of you who can’t wait for the release of the DVD (January 22, 2013). I wish we had a whole DVD made of this stuff, as greedy as it may sound.
Jake on making friends with Michael Pena
HitFix gives reasons why End of Watch and Jake should get a nod for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. The nominations will be announced in a few hours – Anna Kendrick and Zoe Saldana will present them – so watch this space.