Since his name keeps popping up in Jakeland, we have a Robert Elswit-themed post today. On Sunday night, Jake's godfather won the NY Film Critic's 2007 cinematography prize for There Will Be Blood. Maggie presented the award:
“I’ve known Robert Elswit since I was a little girl”, Gyllenhaal told the crowd at Spotlight Live. “My mom reminded me last night that he snuck into the delivery room and hid in a closet to take pictures of my brother being born.” So those would be the first naked photos of Jake Gyllenhaal.
Thus leading Gyllenhaalics everywhere to exclaim, "Where are the other nude photos then?"
Apparently, Jake approved of the photos, because in 2006, he accepted an award for Elswit from the LA Film Critics Association for "Good Night, And Good Luck."
Elswit appears to be the Gyllenhaal photographer of family record - he took this photo of Jake and Stephen looking at the first galleys for Claptrap, Stephen's first book of poetry.
Both Jake and Robert Elswit were nominated for Academy Awards in the same year, which is a pretty cool twist of fate. And it looks like they got to stand next to each other in the Oscar 2005 class picture*:
I can't imagine how proud I would be if someday I were nominated for an award at the same time as one of my godchildren.
A reminder that the director's cut of Zodiac was released today. Looking forward to watching the movie again and especially to the Jake/RDJ commentary. Of course, the amazing Stephanie at IHJ has already capped at least one of the features.
(Photos courtesy of Jakewatch, CantaraBooks, WireImage and IHJ)
*Elswit is on Jake's left.