Jason Clarke - Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Holland - The Impossible
Fran Kranz - The Cabin in the Woods
Logan Lerman - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Tyler Ross - The Wise Kids
Moon Bloodgood - The Sessions
Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Molly Kunz - The Wise Kids
Brie Larson - 21 Jump Street
Allison Torem - The Wise Kids
Okay. Okay. Brie Larson is pushing it, I admit. To tell the truth, I almost mentioned her in this category for Rampart. But it's one thing to lay down a tortured teen in an indie. It's another to combine naturalism and magnetism they way she did in very few scenes in 21 Jump Street. She's in. Molly Kunz and Allison Torem combined with Tyler Ross for the sweetest, realest trio of the year. I didn't realize Moon Bloodgood was a model until I went and looked her up after The Sessions. She was incredibly magnetic, without the benefit of any real story beats. As for Quvenzhane, I've said elsewhere that I don't think a child that young is capable of the kind of intention that goes into "acting" as we know it, which is why she won't be on my Best Actress ballot. But as a magnetic little presence with a face that lights up the screen, she makes an amazing impression. I really hope she gets chances to grow into something.
BEST CAMEO/LIMITED ROLE
Kay Epperson - Bernie
Tommy Heleringer - Gayby
Elizabeth Marvel - The Bourne Legacy
Jason Schwartzman - Moonrise Kingdom
Julia Stiles - Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Damsels in Distress: Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Adam Brody, Carrie MacLemore, Hugo Becker, Ryan Metcalf, Billy Magnussen, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat, Zach Woods.
21 Jump Street: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper, Dakota Johnson, Rye Rye, Chris Parnell, Nick Offerman, Jake Johnson, Caroline Aaron, Joe Chrest, DeRay Davis, Dax Flame, Johnny Pemberton, Stanley Wong, Justin Hires.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Emma Watson, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Paul Rudd, Erin Wilhelmi, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Melanie Lynskey, Joan Cusack, Nina Dobrev, Nicholas Braun.
Zero Dark Thirty: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini, Mark Strong, Stephen Dillane, Harold Perrineau, Reda Kateb, Jessica Collins, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt.
Runners-Up: Bachelorette; Your Sister's Sister; Magic Mike; Argo