Domhnall Gleeson tipped for Oscar glory − despite film not even being made yet

The 33-year-old Irish actor will star as 'Winnie the Pooh' creator AA Milne in a forthcoming biopic

Domhnall Gleeson, AA Milne, Margot Robbie, Winnie the Pooh, Goodbye Christopher Robin

Domhnall Gleeson and Carrie Fisher in the press room at the 2016 BAFTA show [Ian West / PA Wire/Press Association Images]

This year’s Academy Awards was a great year for the Irish, with a host of nominations and one win for ‘Best Short Film – Live Action’ showing that when it comes to the silver screen, the Irish knack for storytelling is among the best in the world. And now Vanity Fair magazine is tipping “awards season darling” Domhnall Gleeson as their bet for ‘Best Actor’, despite filming on the biopic is he due to star in not yet even filming.

Reports emerged last week that the 33-year-old star of The Revenant and Brooklyn has been cast opposite Margot Robbie in the film Goodbye Christopher Robin, a retelling of the life of Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne. Production of the film is due to start later this year, but Vanity Fair film critic Joanna Robinson is already convinced Gleeson will nab a coveted nomination for his work.

“Whether sanitised and heartwarming or more complex, both Goodbye Christopher Robin and Domhnall Gleeson seem as though they’ll have a real shot at being part of the Oscar conversation in 2018,” she writes.

The Irish actor featured in Brooklyn, The Revenant, and the most recent Star Wars film, which garnered 19 Oscar nominations between them.

Biopics, the industry name given to films detailing the lives of real persons from history, are often considered Oscar bait, with the Academy having long awarded actors for pulling on period clothes and taking on the role of someone dead or alive. In the past, Ben Kingsley, Geoffrey Rush, Julia Roberts, Adrien Brody, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Jamie Foxx, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Reese Witherspoon, Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren, to name but a few, have taken home the golden statuette on Oscar night for their interpretations of real-life characters.

Goodbye Christopher Robin will be directed by Simon Curtis, whose direction of Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn saw her receive an Oscar nomination in 2011. The film will tell the story of Milne’s fraught relationship with his son, Christopher Robin, whose teddy bears inspired the characters from the perennially popular series of children’s books and cartoons.

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