You may know him best for his role as one of the bumbling Malloy brothers in the star-studded Ocean's caper films, but Casey Affleck has finally earned his first Oscar® nomination after years of honing his skills with small, yet memorable, roles in movies like To Die For and Good Will Hunting.
Casey's nomination comes for the Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. His turn as Robert Ford, a resentful member of Jesse James's outlaw gang, is being called a breakthrough performance.
The film was also a chance for Casey to reunite with his Ocean's co-star Brad Pitt. "Brad is so fantastic," he says. "I knew him pretty well, and I knew that he's a very charming, easygoing, kind of disarming guy, so I wasn't too intimidated."