No other category has given me more ulcers than Best Actor. As the Davis Award citations continue daily, my personal ballot for Lead Actor has been updated. I know many of you will find faults and will sing the praises for other actors but that’s what our comment section is for. Include your personal ballot and what is it about those performers that do it for you. You can click HERE or go to the MENU and go under EDITORIALS.
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Current Oscar Track Record: Never Nominated
In our inauguration of the new “In Line” series, an examination of 365 talented actors, directors, craftsman in Hollywood that may or may not be in line for an Oscar, I thought nothing better but to begin with one of the stars of Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables Amanda Seyfried.
I was first introduced to the comedic likes of Seyfried in Mark Waters’ Mean Girls (2004) as the lovable Karen, the simple-minded teenager with an “innate” sense that it’s raining. In a film that featured the talents of Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, and what was left of Lindsay Lohan, Seyfried is a memorable cause. Seyfried followed her role with a small part in Rodrigo Garcia’s Nine Lives and a few other notable TV appearances and small films. Her first starring role would come in the critically pulverized Mamma Mia! (2008) opposite Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep. She would follow-up with roles in Chloe (2009), Dear John (2010), Letters to Juliet (2010), and Red Riding Hood (2011). All her films received either mixed-to-negative reviews or were ultimately forgettable. Read more on In Line: Amanda Seyfried…
As we discussed on one of our previous Power Hour podcasts, it can be hard to define what a “breakthrough” performance/year really is. It could be someone coming out of seemingly nowhere to land several big roles (ala Jessica Chastain in 2011), or it could be someone who has made a few films and just finally lands that one fantastic role that launches them into stardom (ala Michael Fassbender in 2010). It doesn’t necessarily mean they are new to the screen (though they might be), it just means this is someone who has arrived and it’s time to take notice.
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Tags: Alicia Vikander
, Aubrey Plaza
, Bradley Cooper
, Breakthrough Performances
, Dane DeHaan
, David Oyelowo
, Doona Bae
, Jason Clarke
, Kelly Reilly
, Logan Lerman
, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
, Nate Parker
, Quvenzhané Wallis
, Samantha Barks
, Scoot McNairy
This week, we launch 2013 with a small group of Blu-Ray/DVD releases, but among them is one of the best films of last year. There’s also one of the biggest disappointments of 2012, plus one or two other things. It’s obviously not a big week, since it’s the time of year when studios want audiences in theaters more so than at home, but it’s hardly a terrible one either. There is one interesting note about release dates to make mention of before diving into the column. My top pick this week is actually out already, having come out yesterday on the 31st, while everything else is out tomorrow on the 2nd. Go figure, nothing is hitting shelves today. Still, we march on like normal. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, not only was it a no brainer, but I happened to have the opportunity to cite one of my favorite films of the year. It’ll be showing up on my Top 10 list soon, and could be a dark horse Oscar contender. The film I’m speaking of? Well, it’s:
Rian Johnson’s third outing as a filmmaker also might very well be his best one yet. A thoroughly entertaining and smart sci-fi action/thriller, this flick features strong acting from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt, as well as some of Johnson’s best directing to date. It’s one of the better films about time travel to date, and I’m just as into it as I was when I wrote my initial rave review (found here) a few months ago. Now that you can add it to your movie collection, I encourage you to do so without delay!
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