Robert Redford’s acting career has be overshadowed, in recent decades, by his contribution to independent film with the Sundance Institute and Festival, and his work as a director on films like Ordinary People (for which he won Director and the film won Picture), the greatly underrated River Runs Through it, Quiz Show, the Horse Whisperer, etc. He will next direct A Walk in the Woods with Nick Nolte where they hike the Appalachian Trail.
Redford has probably never challenged himself as an actor quite the way he has with All is Lost. The film rests entirely on Redford’s performance. No dialogue, no other characters, just one man’s resourcefulness staying alive. [Our review here.] Redford should have no problem making it into the Best Actor category this year. While the category is always competitive, when an actor steps up this much, takes a big risk like this, they are often rewarded.
Redford has vanquished his vanity, his need to look handsome, his youth — and exposes himself in this film as an evolved, aged man.
Redford’s Oscar nominations and wins:
1974 – Best Actor, The Sting
1981 – Best Director, Ordinary People – WON
1995 – Picture, Best Director