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When the 2023 Oscar nominations were announced, Paul Mescal was stunned to see his name on the list for Best Actor.
"This is truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun. To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I'm so utterly grateful," Mescal said. "I want to dedicate this nomination to my two friends Charlotte and Frankie who I love dearly! This is bananas, thank you!" Charlotte refers to Aftersun director Charlotte Wells, and Frankie is his costar Frankie Corio, who plays his daughter in the film.
The A24 drama follows Calum, a 30-year-old single dad, who brings his 11-year-old daughter, Sophie, on vacation to Turkey.
"I made Aftersun in a vacuum with my friends and then it reaches people and makes them feel strongly. It’s very weird being a physical player in that. People want the connection between artist and art to be so strong," Wells told The Guardian about the autobiographical nature of her movie. "I do wish it could be completely anonymous in some ways. It’s very hard to imagine making another film right now."
Ahead of the Oscars, it's definitely time to watch Mescal's critically acclaimed performance in Aftersun. (He's up against a stacked category: Austin Butler in Elvis, Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin, Brendan Fraser in The Whale, and Bill Nighy in Living.)
Where to stream Aftersun:
The movie, which is 101 minutes long, is currently available to rent or buy on the following platforms:
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