Son, The: Hugh Jackman for Best Actor Oscar Nomination (his Second) after 10-Minute Standing Ovation at Venice Fest

‘The Son’ Earns 10-Minute Standing Ovation

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Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern impressed the Venice Film Festival with the world premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Son, which earned a 10-minute standing ovation.
Jackman was visibly moved during the film’s reception, as did the audience.

Jackman hugged his young co-star Zen McGrath amid the ovation.

The film, which centers on a gut-wrenching family tragedy, led to audible gasps from viewers during one dramatic scene. Based on this rapturous reception, Zeller might be back for more Oscar glory with “The Son.”

“The Son” centers on “a family as it falls apart and tries to come back together again,” according to Sony Pictures Classics’ official synopsis. Jackman stars as a father whose 17-year-old son comes to live with him after deciding he can no longer stay with his mother (Dern) years after his parents’ divorce. Jackson’s character, Peter, has a new partner, Kirby’s Beth. As Peter overextends himself to give his son a better life.

The film puts Hugh Jackman at the forefront of the best actor race for his remarkable performance as a father struggling to help his troubled teenage son.

Playwright Zeller became a breakout directing talent with “The Father,” which earned six Academy Award nominations, including best picture, and won Oscars for best actor (Anthony Hopkins, who has a small role in “The Son”) and best adapted screenplay, which Zeller shared with co-writer Christopher Hampton. The duo worked together again to adapt “The Son” into a film.

For Kirby, “The Son” marked another Venice Film Festival success story after she won the best actress prize in 2020 for her performance in “Pieces of a Woman.” Kirby went on to score an Oscar nomination for best actress. Dern has also found success in Venice. Her role in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Store” first entered the Oscar conversation after the film’s Venice world premiere. Dern would go on to win the Oscar for supporting actress.

“The Son” will open in select New York and Los Angeles theaters on November 11.