Wednesday, February 20, 2013

LowRes 2012 Movie Awards: The Actors, Part 1

The 2012 LowRes Movie Awards: Video Compilation / 35 Amazing Moments / Best Trailers / Best Techs (Visual) / Best Techs (Audio) / Screenplays + Director / Supporting Actor + Actress / Lead Actor + Actress / Breakthrough + Cameo + Ensemble / Top 10 Films

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

As always, there's a degree of "breakthrough is in the eye of the beholder" to a category like this. Lerman, Clarke, and Kranz have all had lead (or in Kranz's case, featured supporting) roles on network TV shows. And even if we disqualify TV work for our purposes, Lerman has been ascending in the movie scene for years, from 3:10 to Yuma to Percy Jackson and the Olympians to the by-all-accounts terrible Three Musketeers. But with Perks, Lerman broke through from Guy They're Trying to Make Happen to Guy That's Now Happening. It's exciting to watch. Hopefully Kranz's performance will get him cast in projects that can make use of his signature combination of weirdo-geek comedy and sneaky vulnerability. Certainly, Clarke's quiet intensity will get him bunches of offers (Hollywood loves quiet intensity). Tyler Ross is so far off the studio radar that I wonder how much more of him we'll be seeing, but I hope he makes it; his kind of unshowy openness is a joy to watch. Tom Holland carries huge portions of The Impossible on his tiny shoulders (and the film would have been even stronger had it let him carry more of it).

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.

Kay Epperson - Bernie
Tommy Heleringer - Gayby
Elizabeth Marvel - The Bourne Legacy
Jason Schwartzman - Moonrise Kingdom
Julia Stiles - Silver Linings Playbook

As always, credit for this category goes to Nathaniel. Schwartzman probably stretches the definition of the category as far as it can go. He gets a name credit in the trailer, after all. But he's really only in two scenes, and his impact far outweighs his screen time. Similarly, Julia Stiles is probably closer to a small-role supporting actress than a cameo, but she was left off the SAG list for the SLP ensemble, so I wanted this recognition to make up for that. It totally does. Elizabeth Marvel is more the classic definition of what this category should be. One scene; HUGE impact. Bernie is full of bit players as the various townies. Kay Epperson's Camel-lights voice and sugar-free line readings made her the most memorable. Tommy Heleringer ... perhaps a shallow choice? I was ambivalent (if we're being generous) about Gayby, but this guy's a star. His incredibly brief scene as a prospective date pops right off the screen, and I love him so much on The Outs and deal with it.


Anna Karenina: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Domhnall Gleeson, Matthew McFadyen, Alicia Vikander, Ruth Wilson, Emily Watson, Kelly MacDonald, Olivia Williams, Michelle Dockery, Shirley Henderson.

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


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