Daniel Craig did not receive an Oscar nomination for portraying Joe Bang in Logan Lucky.
Daniel Craig plays the safe cracker who the two would be robbing brothers the Logans (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver) go to in order to help with their plan. This performance is a major change of pace for Daniel Craig in the mind of many though he has perhaps wrongly be seen as a certain kind of performer by some due to his intense portrayal of James Bond. If one watches his work in Layer Cake or even in another way in Road to Perdition where he plays more expressive characters, Craig takes on a particular style for James Bond, the right style for that role, but that is not Craig's limits as a performer. This is another splendid example of Craig's range when given a more colorful performance, though for many still a wholly against type performance. I will say the impact of this performance may have been diminished a bit by the film's trailer that heavily featured Craig's performance that might have limited the surprise of his performance to most viewers, which is unfortunate since Craig's work here should not be overlooked since he steals the film with ease. Of course I think the reason he might have been so heavily featured in the original trailer may have been due to his performance within the scheme of the film, which I will get to in a moment.
Craig's whole Kentucky fried approach to the role is the purest within the film from his wide eyed manner and his squeaky accent he so consistently uses that is hilarious in itself. Now for me this film is a little strange though in that it seems to purposefully avoid editing in punchlines. By that I mean so much humor from films in general comes from a good quick cut to a reaction coming off another line, this is just standard for any comedy and this film for some reason rejects as the idea, I guess on artistic grounds. Although comedic timing in film just works this way and to not do it just seems very odd. Due to that strange choice it is up to the performances even more so than usual to sell the comedy since the film will not be amplifying it for them at any point. The one actor who truly overcomes this limit is obviously Seth MacFarlan....no it's Daniel Craig...geez why else would I be writing about this performance then. Anyways. Craig though is on point to make himself as funny as he possibly can in his portrayal of old Joe Bang, which makes sense why he was so focused on in the trailer, and makes sure to wholly utilize the potential benefits within the film in that he not only gets to be one of the most outrageous characters he also gets to be the straight man.
Craig ,just as is, is naturally funny to see James Bond behave in this way, and with such an accent, he goes further than that. In his more straight man capacity Craig is great as he examines the Logan boys and their seemingly ridiculous plan with such an entertaining sense of sheer dismay at their potential stupidity. He however combines this with the right touches of absurdity in his own delivery though in just the right way particularly in his delivery "I...am...in...car..cer...rated". It technically is straight forward in the sense of it realizing his certain disdain for the Logans yet in a way yet Craig use of his accent makes it hilarious just in the delivery in its most basic form. This is Craig's modus operandi throughout the film as he consistently is the one bringing the comedy within the film as it is centralized through his performance. Craig manages to make his acting of doing a simple thing funny such as very unassuming way of creating his gummi bear bomb, or perhaps being more overt in his comedy in bringing such a annoyed exasperation as he questions the exact location of the safe because he's "dealing with science here". My single favorite moment of Craig's perhaps when he breaks down the formation of the bomb and ends it by describing it as his "Joe Bang" with such an entertaining sense of pride Craig brings through his glowing delivery. Craig brings the utmost conviction in ensuring there is a bit humor in any moment he is around doing his best to make this enjoyable heist comedy...an enjoyable heist comedy, even when the film itself seems a little confused on that prospect. Daniel Craig manages to be thoroughly entertaining every second he is onscreen, and this is just a whole lot of fun to see Craig really let loose in a role after having played his purposefully more constricted James Bond for quite awhile now.