Jeff Bridges is an actor who’s overdue for an Oscar. He’s been nominated four times before (Best Supporting Actor for The Contender, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, and The Last Picture Show; Best Actor for Starman) and has a wealth of great performances in his filmography. It looks like Bridges is adding another one to his filmography as he’s getting some serious Oscar-buzz for his performance as a hard-living country singer in Crazy Heart.
This is also good news for Fox Searchlight, which looked like they were going to be out of this year’s Oscar race after Amelia flopped. Now a film which was on no one’s radar two months ago is being called The Wrestler of 2009. You can get that sense from both the poster and trailer for the film but not in a “me too” kind of way. I’m always up for Jeff Bridges being great and it looks like Crazy Heart isn’t going to disappoint. Hit the jump to see the trailer, poster, and a brief synopsis. Crazy Heart is slated to hit theaters in limited release on December 16th.
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Four-time Academy Award® nominee JEFF BRIDGES stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake in the debut feature film CRAZY HEART from writer-director Scott Cooper. Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Golden Globe® Nominee MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.