The Last King of Scotland Reviews
Posted at 11:09 AM (PDT) on Monday, September 4, 2006

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Forest Whitaker's performance in Kevin Macdonald's debut narrative feature has set tongues wagging with award-season prognostications.

"If it helps promote the film, that's great," Whitaker said about the buzz. "But I can't really count on it too much. When I was doing 'The Shield,' people were writing about me getting an Emmy nomination. But I didn't get nominated. In this case, I love the film and if that buzz helps people go see it, cool." (Denver Post, 9/3/06)

In his audacious feature film debut, documentarian Kevin Macdonald takes a thrill-seeking young Scottish doctor to Uganda during the reign of terror of dictator Idi Amin, played at full throttle by Forest Whitaker. It's easy to see how the doctor gets seduced by Amin and his power, harder to understand why it takes so long for him to face the brutal truth.

Telluride Reaction: Good buzz.

Oscar Watch: Whitaker dominates the movie in this larger-than-life role and should earn a nomination. (The Hollywood Reporter: Risky Biz Blog, 9/4/06)