Hader Is Part Of Oscar Chatter For His Role in ‘It Chapter Two’
Hader Is Part Of Oscar Chatter For His Role in ‘It Chapter Two’

The movie “It Chapter Two” is getting some Oscar buzz. Did we hear a chuckle? There is legit movie-award cred in the “It 2” cast. Below in this article, we will cover Hader Is Part Of Oscar Chatter For His Role in ‘It Chapter Two’.

Jessica Chastain has been nominated for Oscar twice: as Lead Actress for “Zero Dark Thirty” and Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help.” James McAvoy has received acting nominations for a Golden Globes and BAFTA (The British Oscar), for “Atonement” and “The Last King of Scotland.”

But hang on to your bright red clown nose, because the Oscar klieg light is being cast on Bill Hader, the former “Saturday Night Live” player who won an Emmy last year for his work as a hitman turned wannabe actor on HBO’s “Barry.” He’s also up for the same Emmy on Sunday (Sept. 22).

SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks already are setting odds on possible Oscar nominees and winners and it seems Hader is scaring up some award-winning chatter.

In the sequel based on the King of Scare Stephen King’s novel, finds the Losers Club reuniting nearly 30 years after their encounter with the murderous Pennywise. Club members have gone their separate and adult ways only to receive a devastating phone call that brings them home. The emotionally damaged group ends up facing their darkest fears in an attempt to destroy the clown once and for all.


Critics have called the film a “monsterpiece” and others have not been as kind saying it is too long, accusing the director of dropping talented people “through the trap door of plodding humor and scattershot plotting.” Ouch!

In the film, Haden plays Richie Tozier, a successful stand-up comedian, who is wrestling with his sexuality. In King’s book, it is heavily implied Richie is gay but it never explicitly states it.

Hader says that in the movie, Richie “Hopefully, he has an understanding of, an acceptance of who he is.”

Using comedy as a boundary to Richie’s feelings, Hader says that when Pennywise says “I know your secret” it is startling because “he doesn’t even understand it  about himself.”

It is this aspect of the film that has prompted the Oscar buzz and him being singled out in reviews with positive feedback:

  • “Expect Hader, in particular, to walk away with heaps of acclaim … “ – Collider
  • “I definitely teared up at the very end. Bill Hader steals it.” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis tweeted
  • “Hader picks up the whole movie, puts it in his pocket, and walks away with it. Although it’s not an overtly flashy performance, Hader’s charisma in the role is difficult to overstate, and the eye wanders naturally towards him every time he’s on-screen.” – AV Club

One critic writes that she is miffed that everyone finds Hader’s acting prowess unexpected.

“Why is everyone surprised that he can handle the heavier dramatic aspects of this character? If you’ve seen ‘The Skeleton Twins,’ you know the ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum can do more than be funny,” said Kristian Lin of the publication Weekly.

Hader has actually built a very solid acting resume beyond Stefon, the New York City correspondent for “SNL’s” Weekend Update and incompetent veteran news reporter Herb Welch.

If you don’t believe us, check out:

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (2014) – The stalwart best friend in he said-she said film with James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain trying to navigate marriage in the face of tragedy.

“The Skeleton Twins” (2014) — Hader embraced his dramatic potential playing Milo Dean, one-half of estranged twins (the other played by Kristen Wiig), who attempt to repair their relationship after both of them, coincidentally, cheated death on the same day.

“Trainwreck” (2015) – He proved himself to be quite the charming romantic partner for a less-than-desirable character played by Amy Schumer.

It is rare that a horror movie is nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. This list is short: “The Exorcist,” “Jaws,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Black Swan,” and “Get Out.”

It is doubtful “It Chapter Two” will join that list.

But Hader competing in the Best Supporting Actor category is possible, but the competition will be stiff – Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Jamie Foxx for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” ““Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” and “Just Mercy,” respectfully.

May the one with the best buzz win.