‘Knives Out’ scene stealer Daniel Craig could be rewarded with awards

‘Knives Out’ scene stealer Daniel Craig could be rewarded with awards
Rian Johnson‘s new film “Knives Out” is being hailed by critics for making merry with the murder mystery genre. The family patriarch (Christopher Plummer) is offed with suspicion falling on his extended family. A detective arrives to find the killer.

Daniel Craig plays Johnson’s version of Hercule Poirot, Benoit Blanc, with a deep-fried Southern accent. The actor has a blast playing somebody much more eccentric, interesting, and entertaining than the bland character of Bond. This sort of scene-stealing performance is often rewarded with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination: Sam Rockwell in “Vice” (last year); Edward NortonBirdman” (2015); Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2014); Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle” (also 2014); and Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (2009) are the most recent examples.

Craig’s performance is transformative, a far cry from 007. With his flourishes of flamboyance, he is the polar opposite of the ice cold 007. Critics
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