Paul Schneider nabbed the award for “Best Actor in a Narrative Feature” at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival for his performance in Angus MacLachlan’s “Goodbye to All That.” Schneider plays a man so mired in the routine of his life he is blindsided when his wife (Melanie Lynsky) suddenly announces she wants a divorce. Newly single, he finds himself in a series of new predicaments, including a Facebook-fueled search for answers, desperate attempts to reconnect with his daughter, and re-entry into the dating pool.
The ensemble features Heather Graham, Anna Camp, Heather Lawless, Ashley Hinshaw, Amy Sedaris, Celia Weston, and Michael Chernus.
Angus MacLachlan, best known for his screenplay for “Junebug” (2005), is making his directorial debut with “Goodbye to All That,” which he also wrote.
Schneider, who is from North Carolina where “Goodbye to All That” is set, remarked how surprised he was by his win. “I went to the ceremony to support our film and my director, the other filmmakers. I had no idea I was being considered for anything. I just feel honored, and especially because it came from Tribeca. I’m more a part of that world. The films they champion are closer to my heart. As I was standing up there, I just thought of all the crews and casts, the teams I’ve been a part of. Anything I’ve ever done of quality was possible only because I was surrounded by great people. I’ve always been really lucky that way.”
The announcement of the actor’s win also noted that he is the first American actor to win this award at the Tribeca Film Festival, now in its thirteenth year.
Writer/director MacLachlan says of Schneider’s honor, “I was a fan, so it was a thrill when Paul agreed to be in the the film. It was terrific to work with him, and it is fantastic that his performance was recognized, because what he does is everything that I hoped the character could be and more.”
The Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by AT&T, announced the winners of its competition categories Friday night at a ceremony presided over by Pat Kiernan and hosted at the Conrad New York in New York City. The Festival runs through April 27, 2014.
“The remarkable talents and qualities in this year’s competition made the task of choosing the awards especially challenging for our jurors. That said, the winners exemplify the artistic achievement and originality that truly makes them deserving of recognition,” said Tribeca’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Gilmore.
Schneider received the National Society of Film Critics “Best Supporting Actor” Award for his break-out role in Jane Campion’s “Bright Star.” Other stellar performances by the actor include Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” and David Gordon Green’s “All the Real Girls.”