Oscar Isaac

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Oscar Isaac
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Oscar Isaac at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada[1][2]
(1979-03-09) March 9, 1979 (age 40)[3]
Guatemala
Alma mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 2002–present
Home town Miami, Florida, United States

Oscar Isaac (born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada; March 9, 1979)[4][5][6] is a Guatemalan American actor and musician. He is known for his lead film roles in the comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination, the crime drama A Most Violent Year (2014) and the science fiction thriller Ex Machina (2015).

He appeared in the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), as X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, and will star in the ninth X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), as the titular supervillain Apocalypse. He also headlined the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, as politician Nick Wasicsko in 2015, which earned him a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Limited Series.

Early life

Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada was born in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia Estrada Nicolle, and a Cuban pulmonologist father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano.[7][8] His maternal grandfather was French.[9] Isaac was raised in Miami, Florida.[10][11] He has described his evangelical Protestant upbringing as "very Christian." While in Miami, he played lead guitar and sang vocals for his band the Blinking Underdogs. He spent his musical years living a "straight edge" lifestyle.[12][13][14]

Isaac liked to cause trouble at the private grade school he attended when growing up. “I set off a fire extinguisher in the gym, defaced a mural, just stupid stuff,” he said in an interview. He liked to make kids laugh. At one point, his teacher had to screen off his desk from the rest of the class with a piece of cardboard. Eventually, he was expelled.[15]

Isaac graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he was part of the Drama Division's Group 34 (2001–2005).[16]

Career

Oscar Isaac performing at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, February 2015.

Isaac was awarded the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor of 2009, for his role as José Ramos-Horta in Balibo (2009). Isaac's first major film role was as Joseph opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes in the film The Nativity Story. He also had small roles in All About the Benjamins and Guerrilla, Part Two of the Che Guevara biopic Che.

Isaac played King John in the 2010 film Robin Hood. Later that year, he portrayed a security guard in the film W.E., which was directed by Madonna and released in September 2011. In the same month, Isaac starred in the crime drama Drive. He had a role in 10 Years, in which he played a musician. He performed his own song "Never Had" in the film. "Never Had" and "You Ain't Goin Nowhere" were included in the movie's soundtrack.[citation needed]

He has made an appearance in the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He appeared as Romeo in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park performances of Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona.[17]

In 2013, Isaac starred in the film Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by the Coen brothers. Oscar Isaac played a talented yet unsuccessful folk singer in a drama set in Greenwich Village in 1961.[18] The film won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[19] For the role of Llewyn, Isaac was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the 2014 Golden GLobes.

He co-starred with Jessica Chastain in J. C. Chandor's film A Most Violent Year (2014), replacing actor Javier Bardem.[20] In 2015, Isaac portrayed Nathan in the science fiction film Ex Machina,[21] and co-starred in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released in December,[22] playing Poe Dameron, an X-wing pilot.

On November 24, 2014, Isaac was announced to play the X-Men villain Apocalypse in the upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse which will be released on May 27, 2016.[23] In 2015, Isaac was announced to play the lead role in The Promise with co-star Christian Bale.[24]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2002 All About the Benjamins Francesco
2004 Lenny the Wonder Dog Detective Fartman
2006 Pu-239 Shiv
2006 The Nativity Story Joseph MovieGuide Award for Film
2007 The Life Before Her Eyes Marcus
2008 Che: Part One Interpreter
2008 Body of Lies Bassam
2009 Agora Orestes
2009 Balibo José Ramos-Horta AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Robin Hood Prince John
2011 Sucker Punch Blue Jones
2011 W.E. Evgeni
2011 10 Years Reeves
2011 Drive Standard Gabriel
2012 For Greater Glory Victoriano "El Catorce" Ramírez Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor: Supporting Role
2012 Revenge for Jolly! Cecil
2012 The Bourne Legacy Number 3
2012 Won't Back Down Michael Perry
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Llewyn Davis Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actor
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Ensemble
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance on Camera
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated—Iowa Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
2013 In Secret Laurent LeClaire
2014 The Two Faces of January Rydal Keener
2014 Ticky Tacky Lucien Short film
2014 A Most Violent Year Abel Morales National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (Tied with Michael Keaton)
Nominated—Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2015 Ex Machina Nathan Bateman Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated—Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Pending—Central Ohio Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Pending—London Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year
2015 Mojave Jack
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poe Dameron
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse Post-production
2016 The Promise Michael Filming
2017 Star Wars Episode VIII Poe Dameron Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robbie Paulson Episode: "The Healer"
2015 Show Me a Hero Nick Wasicsko HBO miniseries
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Pending—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Pending—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Poe Dameron

References

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