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Wilton High Graduate Nominated For Golden Globe For Best Supporting Actor

Paul Dano plays a young Brian Wilson in the film 'Love & Mercy.' He was nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture for the role.
Paul Dano plays a young Brian Wilson in the film 'Love & Mercy.' He was nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture for the role. Photo Credit: Roadside Attractions

WILTON, Conn. -- Wilton High School graduate Paul Dano has been nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in motion picture "Love & Mercy."

Dano, 31, plays young Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson. He is nominated along with Michael Shannon (99 Homes), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) and Sylvester Stallone (Creed).

"Love & Mercy" is an American biographical drama film directed by Bill Pohlad that focuses on musician-songwriter Brian Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys. The film portrays Wilson's life in the 1960s and '80s.

Paul Dano and John Cusack depict the young and middle-aged Wilson, respectively, and Elizabeth Banks plays Wilson's second wife, Melinda Ledbetter. The film was released June 5.

In a statement on Wikipedia, Dano explained how he was familiar with the Beach Boys' music but was not aware of the extent of Wilson's troubles. To prepare himself for the role he immersed himself in Wilson's life by reading, listening, and watching as much information pertinent to Wilson as he could.

Dano was born in New York City, before moving to New Canaan, finally settling in Wilton. Dano graduated from Wilton High School in 2002. Dano then attended Eugene Lang College in New York City.

His career began on Broadway at age 12 and is now most well-known for his roles in Little Miss Sunshine (2006) as the mute brother, Looper (2012), and Prisoners (2013).

Dano has been dating actress and screenwriter Zoe Kazan for eight years and is the vocalist and lead guitar player in his band Mook.

The Golden Globes will be televised Jan. 10 on NBC.

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