Viggo Mortensen Wins Prestigious Acting AwardPosted: Updated:
Watertown High School Graduate Viggo Mortensen received a prestigious award from one of the oldest film critics’ associations in the United States. The National Board of Review, which was founded in 1909, and is noted for its independent choices that rarely align with the Oscars (especially in the last two decades), has named Viggo Mortensen best actor for his performance in the film Green Book.
Mortensen plays Italian-American driver Tony Vallelonga opposite Oscar winner Mahershala Ali who plays real life famous concert pianist Don Shirley. The film, directed by Peter Farrelly was also named best picture. Mortensen, who graduated from Watertown High School in 1976 and attended St. Lawrence University, has been nominated for an Oscar for best actor two times for Eastern Promises (2007) and for Captain Fantastic (2016). He was nominated for a Golden Globe for both of these films, plus a third time for A Dangerous Method (2011). Other awards include three New York Film Critics Cricle Award nominations (often considered the toughest critics out there) and a SAG and NBR award for best ensemble as part of the cast of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
Mortensen is not much into being a famous movie star and keeps a low profile. He has strong ties to the North Country and often comes back to visit. I interviewed him when he was here for the SnowTown Film Festival in January 2017. Down to earth, and easily approachable, Mortensen is a Renaissance man who paints, writes and runs a small publishing press. He chooses his film projects carefully and continues to grow as an actor, losing himself in the characters he plays.
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A list of all the NBR winners can be found in this Hollywood Reporter link.
Green Book has an 8.2 rating on IMDB and has not yet been released locally in the tri-county area.