Make the Case: Richard E. Grant for Best Supporting Actor in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

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[…] Yet I don’t know if I could ever forgive the Academy if, on February 24, it doesn’t recognize Richard E. Grant for his turn in Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? If this strange title hits you with a pang of heartache, it has succeeded. Melissa McCarthy plays Lee Israel, a struggling writer in 1990s New York who one day realizes that she can pay her bills by selling documents penned by famous authors—be they real or just really convincing fakes. Israel’s adventure lasts only so long, but she makes an enduring, if odd, friend along the way. Jack Hock (Grant) steps into her life out of nowhere: One afternoon, he grabs a stool beside her in a bar (they’re both day drinkers). The friendship that will spring from this casual encounter is the central emotional through line in Heller’s film. […]

Manuela Lazicessay, ringer, actors