Oscar Movies: Roman J. Israel, Esq–Best Actor Nomination

Dan Gilroy wrote and directed Roman J. Israel, Esq., legal drama starring Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, and Carmen Ejogo.

The tale centers on the life of an idealistic defense lawyer (played by Washington) who finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a personal crisis and extreme action.

World premiering at the 2017 Toronto Film Fest, the movie was distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing on November 17, 2017.

Greeted with mixed to negative reviews, it was a commercial failure, earning only $13 million against its $22 million budget.

Unlike the film, Washington was widely praised for his nuanced performance, for which he received nominations for the Best Actor Oscar, the Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild.