|Before Midnight (2013)|
Richard Linklater's Before trilogy is coming to an end(?) next month, and many (myself included) are anxious to see what happens to Jesse and Celine. Since Before Midnight is opening in a matter of weeks, I decided to take a brief look at Ethan Hawke's and Julie Delpy's best performances to date.
Hawke started as a child actor, but quickly developed into a young talent. Since his early days in the business, he has starred in studio films and independent ones, even directing two along the way. He's given a number of great performances over the years, and he's been honored with two Academy Award nominations for his work in front of and behind the camera. Here are his top 5 performances.
5. Training Day (2001)
Role: Jake Hoyt
Quote: "That's the second time you pointed a gun at me. There will *not* be a third!"
Recognition: Oscar & SAG noms
4. Gattaca (1997)
Role: Vincent Freeman
Quote: "I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it."
3. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Quote: "I'm in. What are we doing?"
Recognition: Gotham & Satellite Award wins; Critics Choice nom
2. Tape (2001)
Quote: "I'm not high and mighty. I'm too high to be high and mighty."
1. Before Sunset (2004)
Quote: "Life's hard. It's supposed to be. If we didn't suffer, we'd never learn anything."
Delpy also began acting at a young age, and most of her work has been in foreign films. Though U.S. audiences might not be familiar with her, she has popped up in a number of American projects. In addition, she has starred in a few films that she has also directed, written, and produced, while garnering an Academy Award nomination for her screenwriting work. Here are her top 5 performances.
5. 2 Days in Paris (2007)
Quote: "It always fascinated me how people go from loving you madly to nothing at all, nothing."
4. Broken Flowers (2005)
Quote: "I mean, I'm like your mistress, except you're not even married."
3. Three Colors: White (1994)
Quote: "If I say I love you, you don't understand."
2. Before Sunrise (1995)
Quote: "Isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?"
Recognition: MTV Movie Award nom
1. Before Sunset (2004)
Quote: "Baby, you are gonna miss that plane."
Recognition: Empire & SFFCC Award wins; OFCS nom & LAFCA runner-up*
*They did receive Oscar nominations for writing Before Sunset, though.