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Watch: Why Oscar Isaac Could Be the Next Paul Newman

Watch: Why Oscar Isaac Could Be the Next Paul Newman

[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today’s selection is “Inside Llewyn Davis.” This article originally ran during the 2013 awards season.]

Prior to this year, there was no question Oscar Isaac was talented; we just didn’t know how talented. This year, thanks to the Coen brothers, we found out.

In Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Isaac gives a revelatory turn (and one of the best performances of the year) as the titular, down on his luck folk artist, struggling to make a name for himself in the 1960s New York folk scene. Appearing in virtually every frame of the gorgeously lensed picture, Isaac is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, off-putting and relatable. Plus the guy can sing.

The Guatemalan-born, Julliard trained actor and singer-songwriter hadn’t been resting on his laurels before working with the Coens – far from it. Probably most recognizable as Carey Mulligan’s criminal husband in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” Isaac has appeared in close to 25 films over the course of his career, collaborating with everyone from Ridley Scott (“Robin Hood”) to Madonna (“W.E.”).

Remarkably enough, “Inside Llewyn Davis” marks the first onscreen lead role for the 33-year-old actor. With a Golden Globe nomination for his performance now in the bag, we doubt it will be his last.

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