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‘He absolutely deserves it’: Jennifer Connelly nominates Tom Cruise for Best Actor Oscar nomination

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jennifer Connelly is so impressed with her co-star Tom Cruise’s performance in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ that she wants an Oscar nomination for the star. The ‘Noah’ star said during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival: “He’s doing a great job in the film. He’s extraordinary as a person and fantastic as an actor, and I think he’s just perfect. He embodies that character so beautifully, and I think he totally deserves it.” Connelly plays Penny in the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun, and heralded Tom Cruise as a Hollywood superstar.

Speaking to Variety, the 52-year-old addressed Cruise’s efforts and the extraordinary work of the entire team. “I think the film is a really well made film and it’s really hard to make a film like that. When you think about Tom’s work, also think about the things he did for this role. Besides all the on-site stuff and how wonderful he is in those scenes and how he builds those relationships… I think the relationship that he has with Miles [Teller]’s character is so beautiful and moving.” “But the work he put in to accomplish those flight sequences is something else,” said the ‘Beautiful Mind’ star of the wild stunts that saw the entire Backseat crew flew from real F-18s for the film.

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Top Gun: Maverick premiered in New York City in May 2022, and many cast members applauded the 60-year-old star’s work. Later, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, Connelly shared how mesmerized she was by Cruise’s performance. “The role at the beginning of the film was so amazing and so moving and he’s really an extraordinary actor, that was really nice and it was nice to see the recognition and watch him do it,” she said. The 2023 nominations will be announced on Tuesday, released January 24th. However, Cruise made it for his efforts at the Critics Choice Awards but eventually lost to Brendan Fraser’s The Whale, reports People.

Jay Ellis, a cast member, shared his experience with Cruise. “One of the things I think we all took away from filming [Tom] makes sure the audience is with you – like “Always think about the audience when you’re making something.” Someone paid their $16, $14, whatever it is to see your film. It’s your job to entertain them,” he said. He went on to discuss the star’s work ethic: “It’s literally [Cruise’s] Mindset,” Ellis continued at the time. “Like ‘My job is to entertain you, you spent your money to see me in a movie, I’ll make sure you go entertained.”

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