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For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actresses Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Received wisdom says that most years, including this one, the Best Actress field of contenders for the Oscars is "weaker" than their male counterparts, with a fairly limited group of possibilities who are plausible nominees. To which we can only say: horseshit. Every year, but this one in particular, we watch scores of fine female performances be overlooked because they're in small indie movies or because they were overshadowed in reviews by male co-stars or because they're not Meryl Streep.

The 25 Best Breakthrough Performances Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 3, 2013 2:20 PM
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25 Breakthrough Artists of 2013
One of the great pleasures of being a movie fan is the discovery of new performers. Faces that, months earlier, you'd have passed by in the street, suddenly gifted the role of a lifetime, and whose lives will never be the same again. It feels to us that 2013 was an especially strong year for new faces: festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Cannes, not to mention films that went straight to wide release, unleashed a veritable hurricane of talent that we'll be seeing for years to come.

Review: Visually Arresting 'Mother Of George' Is A Stunning Accomplishment

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • September 26, 2013 3:28 PM
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It is hard to recall a wedding sequence as lovingly photographed, gorgeously realized, and downright joyous as the one that opens Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George.” It is the union of a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaac de Bankolé), an event that has brought friends and family together for a celebration of life, love, and—without question—fertility. It is an event driven by hope. “Nothing will ruin you two,” Adenike is told. “You and your husband will not know suffering.” There is humor (the couple is told to always eat dinner together, at home: “Even if you have eaten…Come home to eat again”), stirring music, and dancing, as well as real, tangible pressure.

Interview: Danai Gurira Talks 'Mother Of George,' The Film's Distinct Look & Working On 'The Walking Dead'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 19, 2013 11:00 AM
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Now playing in limited release, "Mother of George" is one of those tiny movies you should seek out, wherever and however you can. Directed by Andrew Dosunmu ("Restless City"), the film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was singled out for its sumptuous cinematography by Bradford Young (who also shot "Ain't Them Bodies Saints"). The film concerns a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn who are experiencing some fertility problems, and the emotional fallout that follows. It's not exactly the most chipper of subjects, but Dosunmu draws you into the story, thanks largely to Young's painterly visuals and a lead performance by Danai Gurira (from AMC's highly rated zombie drama "The Walking Dead"). It's the rare drama that stays with you long after the credits have finished rolling, a deeply affected, gorgeously photographed glimpse into a world you likely know nothing about and probably barely knew existed.

Watch: Trailer For Sundance Award Drama 'Mother Of George' Featuring 'The Walking Dead' Star Danai Gurira

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 8, 2013 2:28 PM
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At this year's Sundance Film Festival, Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George" received strong buzz and lots of notice, largely thanks to Danai Gurira's standout performance (which is why we named her one of our 15 Breakout Artists To Watch). Gurira is probably best known as Michonne on AMC's "The Walking Dead" and/or for her stellar film debut in "The Visitor." But reteaming with Dosunmnu—their first film together was "Restless City," which screened at Sundance two years ago—seems to have paid off with a role in a movie that will certainly get her landing on more radars.

15 Breakout Artists To Watch From The 2013 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2013 1:06 PM
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There's still a couple days left of this year's Sundance Film Festival, but for all intents and purposes it's winding down. Most of the press have departed, pretty much every major movie has screened at least once, and many of them have been bought, or will be over the next few days.

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