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Philip Seymour Hoffman's standout performances

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

Oscar-winner Philip Seymour, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Feb 2, was a celebrated "actor's actor". Here are some of his most notable roles and awards.            

Capote (2005, as Truman Capote)

Hoffman won a Best Actor Oscar for his mesmerising performance playing the title role of author Truman Capote. The film was also nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Achievement in Directing and Best Writing for Adapted Screenplay. He also won a Best Actor award at the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards in Britain and Screen Actors Guild Awards among others.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013, as Plutarch Heavensbee)

In one of his most recent roles, Hoffman was seen in the second instalment of the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise. He had also been cast in two more instalments of the series set for release in Nov 2014 and Nov 2015, respectively.               

Jack Goes Boating

(2010, in title role as Jack)

The drama-comedy marked Hoffman's cinematic directorial debut, and he scored a Best Actor win from the Chlotrudis Awards for independent film.

The Master

(2012, as Lancaster Dodd)

Hoffman's perfomance as a charistmatic cult leader opposite a troubled World War II veteran played by Joaquin Phoenix landed him his fourth Oscar nomination.

The Ides Of March

(2011, as Paul Zara)

Hoffman's performance as senior Democratic presidential campaign manager Paul Zara earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at Britain's Bafta Awards. The film was nominated for Best Writing at the Oscars and got four Golden Globes nods.        

Synecdoche, New York

(2008, in lead role as Caden Cotard)

In this critically acclaimed film, Hoffman stars as a struggling theatre director who mounts an ambitious production: a life-sized replica of New York City inside a warehouse.        


(2008, as Father Brendan Flynn)

Hoffman starred alongside Meryl Streep in an Oscar-nominated role as an anguished Catholic priest suspected of molesting a teenage boy, earning an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor. Based on John Patrick Shanley's successful stage play, the film is celebrated for scenes in which Hoffman's character wages verbal warfare with his accuser, Streep's Sister Aloysius.

Charlie Wilson's War

(2007, as Gust Avrakotos)

Hoffman is compelling in his Oscar-nominated role as a foul-mouthed CIA

agent. The film, which also stars Tom Hanks, was also nominated five times at the Golden Globes, including one nod for Hoffman.

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007, in lead role as Andy)

In an unlikable turn, Hoffman plays a character who organises with his brother the robbery of their parents' jewelry store. But the job goes horribly wrong.

Magnolia (1999, as Phil Pharma)

Hoffman plays a nurse who finds a dying show producer's estranged son in the film, nominated three times for an Academy Award.

The Talented Mr Ripley (1999, as Freddie Miles)

Although cast alongside A-list favourites Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, Hoffman steals the show in a supporting role as the duplicitous preppie Freddie Miles.               

The Big Lebowski

(1998, as Brandt)

In a rare comedy appearance, Hoffman plays mediator between an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and a millionaire of the same name for whom he is mistaken.               

Boogie Nights

(1997, as Scotty J)

In his breakout performance, Hoffman plays an insecure gay boom operator who has a crush on a porn star, played by Mark Wahlberg. – AFP      

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Philip Seymour Hoffman vehicle 'Happyish' unlikely to continue

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 06:45 PM PST

Actor was in lead role.

THE loss of the Oscar-winning actor, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Feb 2, translates into an uncertain future for the comedy in development at Showtime.

The premium cable channel has yet to officially decide the future of Happyish, a series in development with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead role. Nonetheless, rumours in the Hollywood trade press indicate that Showtime is likely to drop the series following the death of the actor, who earned an Oscar in 2006 for his performance in Capote.

Showtime had high hopes for Happyish, which had been in development for over two years. The network did not order a pilot until the summer of 2013, when Philip Seymour Hoffman agreed to take on the title role. In the test episode, Hoffman played Thom Payne, an ageing advertising executive whose firm has been bought out, and who is being upstaged by young talent.

The actor's death is not expected to have an impact on the next installment of The Hunger Games. In the role of the head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, Hoffman was slated to return in The Mockingjay, which will be released in two parts. The actor had already filmed the majority of his scenes and was scheduled to spend just seven more days on the set. Lionsgate has not made any announcements on the matter, but excepting any surprises, the next two Hunger Games films should still arrive in theatres in the fall of 2014 and 2015 as initially announced.

On the other hand, the film Ezekiel Moss will need to find a new director. Hoffman had planned to helm his second feature in 2014, four years after Jack Goes Boating. Over the weekend, just before the actor's death, the trade press announced that Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams would star in the Prohibition-era drama.

Audiences will be able to see the actor in his last roles during 2014. The actor will appear in theaters in Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man alongside Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright and in John Slattery's God's Pocket with Christina Hendricks and John Turturro. – AFP Relaxnews


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