Will Andrew Garfield win Best Actor in a musical?
Musicals are a tricky genre, but with the right cast, crew, and if course, musical notes, they can strike the hearts of awards voters and critics. Lin Manuel Miranda’s first directorial, Netflix’s Tick, Tick…Boom!‘s early reviews are out, and things are looking, really, really, good.
The movie has become a definitive performance in leading man Andrew Garfield’s career, and he can be a definitive challenger to Will Smith who might also receive a nomination for King Richard. If he wins, Garfield will be the first leading man in a musical to win an Oscar after 55 years.
Garfield plays the late American composer and playwright Jonathan Larson, and he was able to play him and express himself through sweet and harmonious arrangements, and with sensitivity. His standout songs were “Why” and “Sunday,” and these might be the songs with which he can get into the Oscar category.
Another worthy contender for the supporting actor category is Tony nominee Robin de Jesús as Larson’s best friend and roommate Michael.
Sadly, the female leads, Vanessa Hudgens and Alexandra Shipp seemed to just be a scene short in receiving best supporting actress nominations. Hudgens, who rose to fame with High School Musical is brilliant in the movie, and her take on “Therapy” was catchy and mesmerizing.
Miranda did exceptionally well for his first movie. He gives it a feel of a ’90s home movie with the remarkable cinematography by Alice Brooks, and the scenes and atmosphere is created with love. The chemistry between the cast was done well, the musical scores were done well, and the direction was done well.
The movie is definitely in the list of Netflix’s awards hopefuls list. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix.