Monday, April 22, 2024

The New Leo? New Star Charles Melton Jumps from TV to 2 Film Awards This Week


Welcome. Charles Melton. He may be the new Leonardo DiCaprio.

Melton, star of Todd Haynes’ May December, just won Best supporting Actor from the New York Film Critics Circle for his work in the film with two Oscars stars: Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman.

On Sunday Melton picked up Best Supporting Performance from the Gotham Awards.

The 32 year old from Alaska has sprung into moviedom from the TV series, Riverdale. Now he’s the It Guy of the season. I met him on Sunday and so far he’s nice and unaffected.

Half Korean, Melton could follow last year’s Supporting Actor winner, Ke Huy Quan, the first Asian American to win an Oscar. Imagine the thrill of Quan presenting to Melton.

The race has begun.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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