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“I think he absolutely deserves it”: Top Gun 2 Star Jennifer Connelly Believes Tom Cruise Deserves Best Actor Ahead of Brendan Fraser and Austin Butler

Top Gun 2 Star Jennifer Connelly Believes Tom Cruise Deserves Best Actor Ahead of Brendan Fraser and Austin Butler

Tom Cruise is known to go to great lengths to prepare for his roles. The actor does almost all his stunts and he did something similar for his 2022 film, Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel to the 1986 action-adventure film, became one of the biggest movies of 2022 and is now a top contender for the 95th Academy Awards. And Cruise’s co-star Jennifer Connelly is rooting for him to win Best Actor at the 2023 Oscars.

Top Gun-Maverick
Top Gun-Maverick

During her recent interview with Variety, Connelly praised the Mission: Impossible star’s work in the film. She also claimed that Cruise deserves to win the Best Actor Award at the 2023 Oscars for his extraordinary work in the film.

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Jennifer Connelly Wants Tom Cruise to Win Best Actor

Jennifer Connelly with Tom Cruise
Jennifer Connelly with Tom Cruise

Jennifer Connelly starred alongside Tom Cruise in the 2022 film, Top Gun: Maverick. And like most of his co-stars, she also admires The Mummy star. She has praised him for his work and efforts for the 2022 action film.

As the Academy Awards are nearing, Connelly is rooting for Cruise to win the Best Actor. While talking about her new movie, she told Variety why Tom Cruise deserves to win the title at the 95th Academy Awards. “He does an amazing job in the movie,” she said.

“He’s extraordinary as a person and fantastic as an actor, and I think that he is just perfect. He embodies that character so beautifully, and I think he absolutely deserves it.”

Jennifer Connelly also said that everything he did from groundwork to “flying sequences” is commendable. The amazing flying sequences of the film left viewers wondering if the actors in the film were really flying the jets.

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick (2022).
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

The Jack Reacher star worked on an intense flight program with Kevin LaRosa Jr. for the sequel. While the whole cast went through the training to film the realistic scenes, Cruise himself operated the P-51 Mustang in the film’s final scene. Although he also wanted to fly the Boeing F-18 fighter jet in the film, the US Navy denied his request.

The Risky Business star is expected to be nominated for Best Actor at the 2023 Oscars for Top Gun: Maverick. Other actors who are also the top contenders on the list include Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Fraser.

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Top Gun: Maverick is Among the Top Contenders For the 2023 Oscars

Top Gun: Maverick broke several box office records after its release. Before Avatar: The Way of Water, the Tom Cruise starrer was the highest-grossing film of 2022 with a box office collection of over $1.4 billion.

Top Gun: maverick star Tom Cruise
Top Gun: Maverick

It has already won several awards and is nominated for many. The film has been declared one of the ten best films of 2022 and is also expected to shine at the 2023 Academy Awards.

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s predictions, the 2022 action film can be nominated under eight categories at the 2023 Oscars, including Best Actor, Best Picture, and Best Director. The Academy will reveal its nominations on January 24.

Top Gun: Maverick is available to stream on Paramount+.

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Source: Variety 

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.