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Demian Bichir’s character in Weeds (RIP Esteban Reyes) might not have been an Oscar-worthy role, but his recent work in director Chris Weitz’s A Better Life might just get him a nomination. Or will it?

Deadline has an interesting report detailing the significance of Demian Bichir’s recent nomination for a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor and how it might transpire into a sneak Oscar nomination.

The movie about an illegal immigrant gardener Carlos Galindo (Bichir) who tries to create a better life for his U.S. born son — while also trying to stay and work in the country himself — has been a long shot all season. It pulled off a major coup December 14 when the SAG Awards announced their five nominees for Best Actor and leading the list was none other than Bichir who was understandably thrilled with this important recognition from his peers. “My name starts with a ‘B’ so I thought if I get it I am gonna be first. It was almost like a joke or something but then it happened,”  he told me during a recent phone interview.”

Think it’ll happen? Why or why not?

  • Hola

    I think he has a chance. His portrayal is very realistic.

  • dearlybeloved

    I almost didn’t recognize him. Funny, he was a rich politician in Weeds and now he is a gardener.

  • Les

    His performance in this movie is truly extraordinary. I was so deeply moved by his character.. by the whole film. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I am forever  changed by this man’s work. 

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