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Watch a Jacked Jake Gyllenhaal Demand an Oscar Nom in the 'Southpaw' Trailer

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 27, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 27, 2015 |

Southpaw has it all, y’all: It’s Rocky plus a drug-addiction story, a custody battle, a dead wife, another complete body-transformation for Gyllenhaal, and a director (Antoine Fuqua) who got Denzel his Oscar in Training Day.

My only concern here is that it’s written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), which might mean that the entire movie is too entertaining and too overblown to be considered Oscar-worthy. The July release date certainly suggests more popcorn movie than awards movie, but goddamn, Jake. After the End of Watch, Nightcrawler, Prisoner and Enemy run, Gyllenhaal deserves some serious recognition as one of the best actors in Hollywood these days, and thanks to the failure of Prince of Persia, he’s one of the few stellar actors who has managed to avoid sequels and/or franchises.

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