A former “Saturday Night Live” cast member who has been thriving since transitioning to the big screen is getting some Oscar buzz for his latest movie, which was well-received at the Cannes Film Festival.
The AP reports that Adam Sandler, who often gets better reviews when he veers into drama, is one of the names already being talked about as an Academy Award contender.
“Even more than his turns in ‘Punch Drunk Love’ and ‘Spanglish,’ Sandler’s tender, rumpled performance as a recently divorced father in Noah Baumbach’s ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ was hailed as a new high point for the Sand Man,” Jake Coyle writes in the AP report. “The Netflix release could also earn some attention for Dustin Hoffman, who with typical distinction plays the prickly father of Sandler in the film.”
Other stars with early buzz coming out of Cannes include Robert Pattinson, for “Good Time”; Nicole Kidman, who had two movies in the competition at Cannes, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Beguiled”; and the films “Wind River,” from Taylor Sheridan; Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project”; and the Todd Haynes film “Wonderstruck.”