L.A. Times Critic Defends Jonah Hill Nomination

Glenn Whipp says the actor entirely deserves his Golden Globe nod for War Dogs.

The Rotten Tomatoes rating for War Dogs currently sits at 59%, which is just under the threshold for “Fresh.” That percentage is likely a lot higher than the percentage of people raising social media eyebrows in reaction to Jonah Hill’s Golden Globe nomination, who have actually seen the film.

One person who has seen the comedy-drama is LAFCA member Glenn Whipp. In a brief latimes.com reaction blurb titled “In Defense of Jonah Hill,” he reminds how much Tom Hanks liked the Hill performance in War Dogs and adds his vote:

Hill is an absolute force of nature in the film, playing a repellent arms dealer defined by self-hatred and a wheezing cackle of a laugh. It’s one of the year’s best turns.

The basis for War Dogs is a 2011 Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson. For film awards pundits, part of the surprise with regards to Hill scoring a Comedy or Musical Best Actor nod today is that he edged out someone who campaigned hard this fall: Warren Beatty.

An immediate East Coast beneficiary of all this is fashion label Opening Ceremony, whose unusual batch of 2016 Christmas gift items includes Lunch With Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill. Proceeds go to New York non-profit 826NYC; the minimum email bid amount is $5,500.

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