The New York Times’ Vulture column lists 25 performances in film this year that will probably be overlooked come Oscar time, and Alexander Siddig in Cairo Time is on that list. Here’s what Vulture says about Sid:
This old-fashioned romance about an autumnal affair could have been a cornball wallow, were it not for the amazing lead performances. And Siddig’s Tareq, a retired Egyptian cop who finds himself in the middle of an unlikely love affair with the divine Patricia Clarkson, was the model of dignity, charm, and understated cool.
Sid’s performance is showing up on a few “best of” lists as the year draws to a close. Will it be enough buzz for the Academy to give him a nomination? We’ll have to wait and see.