Gary Oldman dodges the Murphy, but still squanders Oscar on Netflix disaster


EXCERPT: It’s a long and noble Hollywood tradition: an actor scores the coveted Academy Award at long last, and then promptly squanders that industry cachet on the most mortifying work of their entire career. Mere days after picking up a statuette for *Boyhood*, Patricia Arquette was off solving computer-crimes on *CSI: Cyber*. Eddie Redmayne took home the gold for *The Theory of Everything*, and celebrated by bellowing his way through an utterly incomprehensible turn in *Jupiter Ascending*. A decade and a half out from his win for *The Pianist*, and Adrien Brody is still doing this.

To this proud list we may now add *Gary Oldman*, who may not have won this year’s best actor prize at all if Netflix’s new sci-fi picture *Tau* got a release prior to the voting deadline. (Scholars refer to this occurrence as “the Murphy”, in reference to Eddie Murphy’s Oscar-killing performance in Norbit.) Oldman voices the title character, an artificial intelligence program tasked with keeping reluctant test subject Julia (a lost-looking Maika Monroe) captive, and not since Patrick Stewart voiced a literal pile of feces in *The Emoji Movie* has an actor so thoroughly embarrassed themselves without appearing onscreen....


Tau (movie) became available after June 29: "Held captive in a futuristic smart house by an inventor who uses her as a test subject to perfect the AI that controls the house, a woman hopes to escape by befriending the A.I. program."

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