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Oscar Isaac Stellar in ‘A Most Violent Year;’ Is He Oscar Worthy? (video)

Oscar Isaac plays an honest businessman in a corrupt building trades industry in New York City in the gritty crime drama 'A Most Violent Year.' (Photo: Studio)

Oscar Isaac plays an honest businessman in a corrupt building trades industry in New York City in the gritty crime drama ‘A Most Violent Year.’ (Photo: Studio)

Oscar Isaac, who stars in the little-publicized indie film “A Most Violent Year,” could be a surprise Oscar contender and the picture could be a sleeper hit after he walked away with an acting award yesterday (Dec. 3) from The National Board of Review.

Although one of the less publicized Tinseltown organizations, the board is made up of movie industry experts and film professionals, who carry some weight in Hollywood.

The crime drama, written and directed by J. C. Chandor, has a strong cast that also includes Jessica Chastain, Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

It premiered at the AFI Fest last month to strong reviews. Among the 15 critics who have reviewed it so far, the picture scored a whopping 93 percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks movie reviews.

Both Hollywood trades, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a thumbs up.

“J. C. Chandor’s period crime drama is rigorous, resourceful and as smart as a whip,” wrote Xan Brooks, of London’s Guardian newspaper, characterizing the positive sentiment.

In the film, Isaac plays a truck driver and wannabe businessman, who marries into a family business in one of New York’s toughest construction trades, which is dominated by the mob and other long-time family concerns.

His effort to build the business while playing it clean creates tensions and danger for him and his family. The movie is set in 1981, when New York City was at its most crime ridden.

Isaac, shared the best acting prize with Michael Keaton, for his portrayal of a has-been actor in “Birdman.”

Chastain, who plays his wife in the movie, won supporting actress, while Edward Norton won supporting actor also for “Birdman.”

Julianne Moore won named best actress for her role as a college professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice.”

“A Most Violent Year” hits theaters Dec. 31. The Board will present its awards in New York on Jan 6.

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