Robert Redford is getting some Oscar buzz and some of the best reviews of his career for his starring role in "All Is Lost," a drama in which Redford plays an unnamed man who is lost at sea. Redford, who is the only actor in movie, is mostly silent in the film, which opens in limited release in the U.S. and Canada on Oct. 18, 2013.
According to a Gold Derby report on Oct 15, 2013, Redford is now one of the leading contenders to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, for movies released in 2013. Other actors who have been frequently named as possible nominees in the category are Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave" (which also opens in limited release on Oct. 18, 2013), Tom Hanks for "Captain Phillips" and Forest Whitaker for "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
Oscar-nominated screenwriter J.C. Chandor ("Margin Call") wrote and directed Roadside Attractions' "All Is Lost," which had premieres at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival, the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2013 New York Film Festival.
Redford won an Oscar for Best Director for the 1980 drama "Ordinary People," which was his directorial debut. His first Oscar nomination was for Best Actor for 1974's "The Sting." As a director and a producer, he received Oscar nominations for 1995's "Quiz Show." (In 2002, he won an honorary Academy Award.)
"All Is Lost" is one of the best-reviewed films of Redford's career. At the website "Rotten Tomatoes," which compiles movie reviews from critics, "All Is Lost" has a 95 percent approval rating. The only other feature film that he has starred in that has a higher rating on "Rotten Tomatoes" is 1976's "All the President's Men," which has a 98 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (Redford was not an actor in "Quiz Show," which has a 96 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.")
Redford, who is a founder the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, starred and directed in the 2013 drama "The Company You Keep," which did not fare well at the box office or with critics. He also executive produced the TV documentary "All the President's Men Revisited," which aired on Discovery Channel in April 2013.
His next movie role is Alexander Pierce in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which is scheduled for release on April 4, 2014. After that, Redford is set to star in and direct "A Walk in the Woods," whose release date is to be announced.