Oscar-winning director and former child actor Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind” and “The Andy Griffith Show”) brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan’s ( ) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both: “Frost Nixon”. Reprising their roles from Peter Morgan’s Tony Award winning stageplay are Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon, and Michael Sheen (), who fully inhabited the part of Frost onstage in London and New York. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost’s team harbored doubts about their boss’ ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation’s greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who’d built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity — ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth. “Frost Nixon” not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed…all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.
Of note: Peter Morgan wrote both Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker to Best Actress and Best Actor Oscar wins, respectively, in 2007, in and Since only one can win the Best Actor Oscar, our money is on Frank Langella for winning the Best Actor Oscar at the “2009 Oscars.”