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Best Actor for “Frost/Nixon”
Director Ron Howard was asked to cast a big name actor to star in his screen adaptation of "Frost/Nixon," but he insisted on casting Langella, who won one of his three Tonys for the stage version. Langella says he’s never done more research for a part, and it’s because of this obvious familiarity that audiences forgive him for not looking or sounding exactly like Nixon; rather, he gets at the man where it’s much harder to, under his skin, where he kept all the answers that David Frost hoped to bring out.
Age on Nomination Day: 70
Did You Know? Last year, Langella gave an excellent, understated performance on film that few saw, but for which he was named the year’s Best Actor by the Boston Society of Film Critics: in “Starting Out in the Evening” (2007), he plays an aging novelist whose best work appears to be behind him until a young admirer gets his creative juices flowing anew.