Name: Jack Black
Character: Bernie Tiede
Synopsis: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents.
He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune.
Bernie frequently travelled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie.
The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.
Previous Golden Globe Wins: Jack Black is yet to win a Golden Globe
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: This is this first nomination.
Award/Nominations for role: He has been nominated for Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
Critics: I had to forget what I knew about Black. He creates this character out of thin air, it's like nothing he's done before, and it proves that an actor can be a miraculous thing in the right role. - Chicago Sun Times
- As played by Jack Black, in an award-calibre performance, Bernie is everything you'd want in a friend. The movie is a one-of-a-kind inspiration. - Rolling Stone
- A jovial yet gracefully told tale. - New Yorker
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