Oscar nomination Day was truly a great day for all of us Paul Mescal fans, as the actor received his first nod for an Academy Award for his role in the beloved indie series Aftersun. The 26-year-old actor has a lot of fans after his breakthrough role in the Hulu adaptation of “Normal People.” Now, a few years later, after a rather quiet campaign for the actor’s Oscar nomination for the Charlotte Wells film A24, fans were delighted when they found out that he was on the list of nominees for the 2023 Oscar.
Mescal’s nod for Best Actor was one of the many shocks from the Oscar nominations. While many of these surprises included numerous Oscar snubs, this nomination for Aftersun was unexpected exciting news for both moviegoers and Mezcal fans, as was clearly evident from all the reactions on Twitter.
Orla Gartland, the singer whose music was featured in the episode “Normal People”, set the tone for how many feel about the nomination of Mescal, writing:
happy paul mescal day to all those who celebrate
— orla gartland (@orlagartland) January 24, 2023
January 24 truly became a holiday for fans of Paul Mescal and Aftersun. The film was loved by critics and became one of the best unnoticed films of 2022. Although “After Sunset” is a small independent film about a father and daughter, as well as Wells’ directorial debut, it received critical acclaim. and the love of those who saw it. Ever since the race for the Oscar began, the main actor has been striving to get a nomination, and now that he has done it, it’s a reason to celebrate.
Maria perfectly captured the energy surrounding the news by tweeting:
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE PAUL MESCAL pic.twitter.com/wsATnKpRwV
— david (@IaureIheII) January 24, 2023
Another Mescal fan, Alex, posted a meme from Family Guy and noted that the actor’s nomination shows that actors in small, beloved films have hope of making it to the Oscar:
PAUL MESCAL IS AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEEE maybe the Oscar’s can live another day pic.twitter.com/JbAFC9M6KB
— alex 💭 ⁷ (@nothnghppens) January 24, 2023
Others were quick to point out that this nomination is great news for “sad women Everywhere,” given Mescal’s track record in melancholic and melodramatic projects that tend to cause tears, such as “Normal People,” “After Sunset” and “Lost Daughter.” a little bit. SpanishPeaches also captured this moment perfectly by posting a video from Abbott Elementary:
Paul Mescal’s oscar nomination is a win for very sad women everywhere pic.twitter.com/iAkrFkHqz0
— bill hater (@spanishpeaches) January 24, 2023
We will conclude this review with a few tweets about how this nomination really shows how good Paul Mescal is at his job. This is especially true if we take into account that Aftersun is his first major role in the film. In addition, it is worth noting that he received an Emmy Award nomination for his work on “Normal People”, which was his first work after each major role. As David tweeted:
paul mescal getting an oscar nomination for his first lead role in a movie… i fear for his peers pic.twitter.com/MQy1qp8Y7p
— david (@IaureIheII) January 24, 2023
Wendell also pointed to Mescal’s stellar track record, noting how impressive his tiny but powerful resume is. They published:
It's absolutely incredible how Paul Mescal, with only like one previous project under his belt, went with a small directorial debut from Charlotte Wells to be his first lead role in a film and now he's an Oscar nominee pic.twitter.com/xpn99rLtsl
— Wendell (@RhodeToLove) January 24, 2023
Obviously, there is a huge love for Mezcal, which I would compare to the early days of Timothy Chalamet’s career. Not only is he loved by his fans, he is also respected and appreciated by his peers. Also, judging by the latest news about Mescal’s upcoming projects, it looks like he’s just getting started.
Along with his quiet Oscar campaign, the last few months have also brought us some high-profile announcements about Mescal’s upcoming projects. It was announced that he will play the main role in Ridley Scott’s film Gladiator 2. It also became known that he joined Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Merrily We Roll”, which will be filmed over the next 20 years. In addition to all this, the actor has six more projects in development.
I think it’s safe to say that Mescal is leaving his mark on Hollywood, and many are very excited about his achievements and what lies ahead.
While we’re waiting for Mescal to appear at this year’s Oscars, you can rent or buy Aftersun on Amazon (opens in new tab). In addition, be sure to check out the schedule of films for 2023 to be aware of all the new projects of this rising star.