BEST PERFORMANCE: “Up in the Air” (2009)
Kendrick has the honor of being the first member of the “Twilight” cast to reap an Oscar nomination, as spunky Natalie Keener in “Up in the Air.” With popular performances in films like “Into the Woods” and the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, Kendrick has been instrumental in reviving the musical genre for millennials. Even with fame, she hasn’t forgotten her indie roots, however. Performances in “The Hollars,” “50/50,” “The Last Five Years” and “Happy Christmas” have kept her acting gifts sharp. She won’t contend (except for maybe with original songs) for “Pitch Perfect 3.” However, she’s one good performance away from a Brie Larson-type Oscar win.