This weekend, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the age of 46. He was considered one of the best actors of his generation. For his work in the 2008 movie "Doubt," he earned an Oscar nomination. This movie also earned Academy Award nominations for Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. Both of them earned Oscar nominations for Best Actress this year.
"Doubt" is set in the Bronx in the 1960s. In it, Adams plays Sister James, who works as a teacher at a Catholic school. Streep plays Sister Beauvier, the schools very strict principal. Hoffman plays a popular priest whom Sister James suspects had a sexual relationship with a black student. She tells Sister Beauvier who uses this information to try to get the priest removed.
"Doubt" has an excellent cast. Meryl Streep is amazing as Sister Beauvier, a very tough, seemingly cold-hearted nun. Amy Adams is equally good as Sister James, who is much friendlier, albeit less worldly. Philip Seymour Hoffman is excellent, showing his character is likeable and dedicated to his job. Another memorable performance is by Viola Davis, who plays the mother of the black student. Although she only has a very small role, her performance is so good it earned an Academy Award nomination.
This film is written and directed by John Patrick Shanley. Throughout the movie, he does a good job never revealing whether or not the priest had the sexual relationship.
Watching "Doubt" is a good way to remember Philip Seymour Hoffman.