Thursday, January 24, 2008

Viggo set to miss Academy Awards

Viggo Mortensen is set to snub the Oscars. The 49-year-old actor, who is up for a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of a ruthless Russian gangster in Eastern Promises, will boycott next month’s prestigious Academy Awards if the Hollywood writers’ strike is still unresolved. He said, “If there’s a strike I will not go, but I have a feeling they’ll solve it. I hope they do. I’m sure my mother would like to see me on TV.” Mortensen is up against George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Johnny Depp for the Best Actor accolade at the awards ceremony on February 24. Day-Lewis, who has been nominated for his portrayal of the self-made oil baron Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, has refused to comment on the writers’ strike, instead issuing a statement declaring his delight at being recognised this year.

He said, “The Academy has put me shoulder to shoulder with a group of fine actors. I’m proud to be in their company and to have the broader recognition for the film is a lovely thing. I couldn’t be happier for director Paul Thomas Anderson, to whom we owe everything.”