The team behind the Robert Eggers film “The Lighthouse” will submit Robert Pattinson to compete for the best lead actor in the Oscars.
A24 decided to submit Pattinson as a lead actor with his co-star Willem Dafoe submitted in the supporting actor category, as per Variety.
The Lighthouse has been earning Oscar buzz and is gaining high praise in the international film festival scene. The film debuted in the Cannes International Film Festival back in May. Its premiere earned Robert Eggers an International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize. Eggers is also credited for co-writing the film with his brother, Max Eggers. The Lighthouse will hit theaters on October 18.
In the film, Dafoe and Pattinson take on the role of lighthouse keepers. Their sanity is challenged as they grapple with isolation on a remote island.
Dafoe is expected to be nominated that would make it his third consecutive Oscar nod. The actor was nominated for Eternity’s Gate (2018) and The Florida Project (2017). The actor had also earned previous nods for Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and Platoon (1986).
Submitting Pattinson as the film’s lead actor makes sense with his character having more screen time. The story is also told with his character’s point of view as the audience’s. Pattinson has been lauded for his performances in the indie film circuit however, the actor has yet to earn an Oscar nod. With all that being said, The Lighthouse might earn him his first.
After The Lighthouse, audiences will next see Pattinson on the big screen as Bruce Wayne a.k.a Batman in the DCEU.