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This morning Andrew Garfield received his first-ever Oscar nomination for his role in the Mel Gibson-directed film Hacksaw Ridge, where he plays Desmond Doss, a WWII combat medic who refused to carry a gun during battle due to his religious beliefs.
Doss is not the only man of faith Garfield played in an awards contender. The British actor took a turn as a Jesuit priest in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, which was noticeably absent from the nominee pool.
When asked if such an omission comes as a disappointment, Garfield said, “Of course. But only in the sense that I think it is a masterpiece.”
Silence also stars Adam Driver and is based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel that centers on the physical and emotional journeys of two Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan in an attempt to win converts.
The film was nominated for one Oscar, for Rodrigo Prieto’s cinematography. “Of course I want to work to be recognized but it is what it is,” says the actor. Despite the lack of major awards recognition, Garfield is not worried about Silence‘s long-term impact.
“The good news is that I think it is one of those films that will last the test of time,” says Garfield. “It is one of those films that will wheedle into the consciousness of people and will change people in a deep way, unlike maybe films that get recognized immediately but are less impactful in the long run.”
Garfield, succinctly, concludes: “I mean, it’s Martin Scorsese! He knows who he is and no one can take that away from him.”
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