Judging from his triumphant appearance here last week for
the annual Coolidge Award, the real Viggo Mortensen lies somewhere between
Aragorn of “The Lord of the Rings” and Sigmund Freud of “A Dangerous Method,” with maybe a little bit of the hitman from “Eastern Promises” and the Blouse
Man from “Walk on the Moon” thrown in.
Another significant omission at the Oscars was "A Dangerous
Method," which got no nominations at all. Surely Viggo Mortensen's sly, subtle,
and surprisingly moving portrayal of Sigmund Freud deserved some recognition.
At least he is getting the Coolidge Award for career achievement, which, judging
from this recent conversation I had with him on the phone [he is living in Madrid] might be a more
substantive acknowledgment of his accomplishments than the often capricious ,
superficial, and trendy Academy choices.
The Oscars may have snubbed his performance as Freud (and everybody else)
in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous
Method," but Viggo
Mortensen can now claim the perhaps more
substantive Coolidge Award,
the annual career achievement honor given out by the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
He's in good company.