Saturday, March 01, 2014

LowRes 2013 Movie Awards: The Actors, Part 1

The 2013 LowRes Movie Awards: Best Trailers / Best Techs (Visual)Best Techs (Audio) / Screenplays + Director / Supporting Actor + Actress / Lead Actor + Actress / Breakthrough + Cameo + Ensemble / Top 10 Films

Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Israel Broussard - The Bling Ring
Tequan Richmond - Blue Caprice
Nick Robinson - The Kings of Summer
Keith Stanfield - Short Term 12

There are years when I feel like the Breakthrough candidates are all but assured, if not gleaming Hollywood careers, then at least a few grasps at the brass ring ahead of them. That's not so this year. I would hope that Hollywood recognizes the talent these five come armed with. That they'll recognize Abdi's ability to wring sympathy from a character so often marginalized. That they'll see the kind of difficult ambivalence that actors like Richmond and Broussard can bring to characters who can be difficult to draw out. Or the beyond-his-years charisma hiding beneath Robinson's boyishness. Or Stanfield's ability to command a scene even while being still and vulnerable. Here's hoping all five of them get their fair share of chances. 

Kaitlyn Dever - Short Term 12
Adele Exarchopoulos - Blue Is the Warmest Color
Tracey Fairaway - Enough Said
Danai Gurira - Mother of George
Lydia Wilson - About Time

These women are somewhat further along the road than the boys. Anyone who watches Walking Dead could have told you that Gurira was a major talent, for example, even if this was a breakthrough year for her on the big screen. Likewise, Wilson is a bit more of a familiar face in Britain and Dever won a lot of fans via her recurring role on Justified. And certainly Exarchopoulos will have plenty of chances to follow up her big breakthrough, after all the attention her Cannes-winning performance brought her. I think I've got my fingers crossed for Fairaway most of all. She's got a Lauren Ambrose thing that I'd like to see get developed in more movies as good as Enough Said.

Brian Cox - Her
Polly Draper - Side Effects
Angela McEwan - Nebraska
Michael Nathanson - Side Effects
Alfre Woodard - 12 Years a Slave

[As always, credit for this category goes to Nathaniel.] Top-notch cameos were a bit harder to come by this year, but these five were some diamonds in the rough. Side Effects in particular was probably most successful in the micro-performance realm than any other. Nathanson's aggressive attorney and Draper's wary boss were the two highlights of the film. McEwan's scene is the best in Nebraska, bringing some much needed depth to the usual townie characterizations. Cox's voice-only cameo in Her delighted me to no end and reminded me that Spike Jonze must treasure Cox's performance in Adaptation as much as I do. Honestly, though, this whole category is just a platform for me to sing the praises of Alfre Woodard's perfect performance in 12 Years a Slave. That is a scene that grows richer and more compelling the more I think back on it, and it's too bad one-scene wonders aren't the thing in Best Supporting Actress anymore.


12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Adepero Oduye, Garrett Dillahunt, Bryan Batt, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam, Michael K. Williams, Dwight Henry, Bill Camp, Christopher Berry, J.D. Evermore, Chris Chalk.

About Time: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lindsay Duncan, Lydia Wilson, Will Merrick, Joshua McGuire, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Richard Cordery, 

Frances Ha: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Zegen, Adam Driver, Grace Gummer, Charlotte d'Amboise, Patrick Heusinger, Josh Hamilton, Juliet Rylance, Britta Phillips, Maya Kazan, Cindy Katz.

The Heat: Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock, Michael Rappaport, Nathan Corddry, Joey McIntyre, Jamie Denbo, Jessica Chaffin, Demian Bechir, Marlon Wayans, Jane Curtin, Bill Burr, Spoken Reasons, Dan Bakkedahl, Taran Killam, Michael McDonald, Kaitlin Olson, William Ambrose Kennedy, Patty Ross, Adam Ray, Chris Gethard, Michael Tucci, Ben Falcone, Zach Woods.

Short Term 12: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Keith Stanfield, Kaitlin Dever, Stephanie Beatriz, Rami Malek, Frantz Turner, Kevin Hernandez, Alex Calloway.

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