Last month, the IFPO posted a story on the new Clint Eastwood movie, Richard Jewell, about the Atlanta security officer who went from hero to suspect in the 1996 Olympic Park bombing investigation. Now we have news that the movie is garnering some Oscar buzz ahead of its US release date of Dec. 13. Hopefully, the movie serves as another piece of evidence that Jewell was in fact a hero. -- IFPO.
Clint Eastwood was greeted with a standing ovation Wednesday night as he introduced his new film Richard Jewell, a searing cautionary tale about the power of the news media and the government to destroy an innocent man’s life.
Except Richard Jewell isn’t just a cautionary tale: It’s also a deeply researched, mostly true account of how overzealous news outlets and FBI agents wrongly let Jewell’s good name be ruined in the investigation of the 1996 Olympic Park bombings.
It is perfect subject matter for the 89-year-old Eastwood, who has never been shy about his distrust of those who are too quick to judge. The director said he had spent five years trying to make the film, which is based in part on a 1997 Vanity Fair article.
“Everything fell into place, and I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” Eastwood said Wednesday.
Richard Jewell feels like a late but formidable contender in this year’s Oscar race, thanks in large part to Eastwood’s cool, understated direction, Billy Ray’s fast-moving script, and Paul Walter Hauser’s heartbreaking turn as Jewell. Sam Rockwell, winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2017, scores most of the best lines as Jewell’s anti-government lawyer, Watson Bryant.
Eastwood introduced Jewell’s mother at the premiere at Hollywood’s AFI Fest.
“I just want to thank you, and the cast, and all of America. Just watch it, and let us know, okay?” said Bobi Jewell, who is played by Kathy Bates, another likely Oscar contender. “God bless everyone.”
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