It’s one of those speechless moments…that you will always remember…and will remain difficult to explain…the death of a famous actor. And not any actor, the death of a cinematic genius: Philip Seymour Hoffman.
As a stage actor and theatre director, Hoffman started his film career in early 90’s in small budget comedies. Boogie Nights, a 1997 brilliance by Paul Thomas Anderson marked his future film career in a way: whether it’s because of the seriousness of the characters he portrayed, or the directors who noticed the quality.
After noticeable roles in the Big Lebowski, 1999 Flawless and superb Magnolia from the same year, Hoffman begun to lay out his acting success: Almost Famous (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Cold Mountain (2003). Finally, after brilliant performance in Capote in 2005, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with the Oscar for Best Actor. For this role he was also awarded with a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, respectfully.
As suspected, his magic was noticed three years after that, in Charlie Wilson’s War (nominated for an OScar for Best Supporting Actor) and Doubt, a 2008 drama adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play. He was nominated for every possible big award that year, including the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, which he lost to Heath Ledger (posthumously awarded).
In 2012 comes the Master, another wonderful collaboration with Anderson. In this brilliant and controversial drama, Hoffman plays a leader of a philosophical movement along with Joaquin Phoenix. Both fellow actors were nominated for an Oscar in their respective roles, but both lost to Christoph Waltz and Daniel Day-Lewis, respectively. At Venice Film Festival they were both awarded with the Volpi Cup.
Today, 2nd of February, this talented actor was found dead in his New York City apartment. He will be solely missed I am more than sure. The acting legacy he left behind will be remembered.
Thank you for all of the amazing roles you played. Those characters would not be the same if you were not the person who depicted them. Thank you again.