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Tufts Alum Gets Golden Recognition

Tufts Alum Gets Golden RecognitionActorand Tufts graduate Oliver Platt, who stars in Showtime’snew TV series “Huff” with fellow alumnus Hank Azaria,has earned a Golden Globe award nomination. Medford/Somerville,Mass.

Boston [12.17.04] Fresh off a shower of critical accolades for his supportingrole in the new Showtime series “Huff,” Tufts graduateOliver Platt received a Golden Globe award nomination on Dec.13 for best supporting actor in a television series.

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Platt portraysRussell Tupper, a fast-living lawyer who is good friends withthe title character, Craig “Huff” Huffstodt –played by real-life friend and fellow Tufts graduate Hank Azaria.

Platt’swork earned him an opportunity to compete with William Shatnerfrom “Boston Legal,” Sean Hayes from “Will &Grace,” Michael Imperioli of “The Sopranos,”and Jeremy Piven from “Entourage” for honors in thebest supporting TV actor category.

This isn’tthe first time Platt has been in the running for Hollywood hardware.In 2001, he received an Emmy nomination for a guest starring roleon NBC’s “The West Wing,” playing chief counselOliver Babish.

Unlike hisWest Wing role as the President’s careful attorney, Platt’scharacter on Huff is more compulsive than considerate.

On the show,the arrogant Tupper indulges in substance abuse and promiscuity,drawing the concern of the also-troubled Huff while at the sametime helping his friend through his own problems. The LosAngeles Times called Platt’s character “the show’sanarchic life force,” adding that “he’s easilythe best thing about the series’ initial episodes, repeatedlyhoisting the show on his shoulders and taking it to truly riskyplaces.”

“Russellis a very, very good lawyer, and like a lot of high-functioningprofessionals he is a victim of his own compulsive behavior,”Platt told the Times. “Professionals [like him]tend to lubricate their denial and think that they don’thave a problem.”

“WhatI love about this show, and about Russell’s stories, isthat you see him getting into these extremely compromised anddifficult positions, and not really having a clue and having totalk his way out of it,” Platt explained to The TorontoStar. “It’s not like he doesn’t pay forit. It makes his life incredibly difficult. But it’s notlike he sees Jesus and goes to a 12-step meeting right away.”

The SanFrancisco Chronicle called Platt a “scene stealer,”and the show’s executive producer Bob Lowry apparently feelsthe same way.

“Ihave so many places to take him – he has so much work todo… he’s really been hurt,” Lowry told TheWashington Post.

Platt andAzaria will continue to share the limelight at least through nextyear – Showtime ordered a second season of the show beforethe first episode even premiered.

The 62nd annualGolden Globe Awards will be presented live on NBC January 16,2005.








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