Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Look: Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith & Jason Clarke In 'Terminator: Genisys,' Plot Details Revealed First Look: Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith & Jason Clarke In 'Terminator: Genisys,' Plot Details Revealed Marvel Announces 'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' Two-Part 'Avengers: Infinity War' And More Marvel Announces 'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' Two-Part 'Avengers: Infinity War' And More 8 Films That Influenced Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' 8 Films That Influenced Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Exclusive: Sean Durkin Directed Video For Sharon Van Etten's "Your Love Is Killing Me" Exclusive: Sean Durkin Directed Video For Sharon Van Etten's "Your Love Is Killing Me" Listen: 1-Hour Masterclass With Paul Thomas Anderson At The New York Film Festival Listen: 1-Hour Masterclass With Paul Thomas Anderson At The New York Film Festival Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Series Finale — Season 5, Episode 8 ‘Eldorado’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Series Finale — Season 5, Episode 8 ‘Eldorado’ Watch: A Twisted Jake Gyllenhaal Crosses The Line In Wicked Red Band Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’ Watch: A Twisted Jake Gyllenhaal Crosses The Line In Wicked Red Band Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’ Watch: 'The Invisible Man,' A 50-Minute Documentary On The Life And Career Of Stanley Kubrick Watch: 'The Invisible Man,' A 50-Minute Documentary On The Life And Career Of Stanley Kubrick Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco And More Join James Franco’s 'Zeroville' Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco And More Join James Franco’s 'Zeroville' 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Will Conclude With A 45-Minute Battle Sequence 10 Great Self-Absorbed, Narcissistic Movie Assholes 10 Great Self-Absorbed, Narcissistic Movie Assholes Kristen Stewart Says She's Taking "Time Off" From Acting To Pursue Other "Creative Endeavors" Kristen Stewart Says She's Taking "Time Off" From Acting To Pursue Other "Creative Endeavors" Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes

For Your Consideration: 5 Lead Performances That Deserve Oscar Recognition

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist December 20, 2012 at 12:05PM

Oscar voting got underway this week with a January 3rd deadline that, between Christmas and New Year, will be on us before we know it. And so, with only a few weeks left to catch up in theaters and work through screeners, we wanted to pick out a few names who've been otherwise overlooked by prognosticators and experts in the conversation to date.
8
For Your Consideration Actors 2012

Oscar voting got underway this week with a January 3rd deadline that, between Christmas and New Year, will be on us before we know it. And so, with only a few weeks left to catch up in theaters and work through screeners, we wanted to pick out a few names who've been otherwise overlooked by prognosticators and experts in the conversation to date.

Yesterday, we took a look at some of the supporting actors, and today, we're putting the spotlight on the leads. Right now, the categories are more or less locked up with heavyweights like Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Chastain as the likely front-runners, but there's still lots of room. And while the odds of recognition for the five performers below are slim, we'd say that they absolutely deserve to sit alongside those whose chances are more realistic. Take a look at our picks below, and let us know who you'd cast your vote for in the comments section.

Denis Lavan In Leos Carax's "Holy Motors"
Denis Lavant - "Holy Motors"
The performance of 2012 isn't even going to scratch the surface of an Oscar longlist; Denis Lavant is virtually unknown to voters, he's not campaigning, the film was barely seen in the U.S., and being a foreign language flick presents another hurdle (it remains to be seen if even Emmanuelle Riva or Marion Cotillard will make the cut for their respective films). But one can only imagine that, if enough adventurous Academy members actually watched the film, it would surely be a shoe-in. Lavant plays Oscar, a man driven around Paris by Celine (Edith Scob), taking on different personas for self-contained scenarios. It's a wildly diverse selection of styles and characters, from the monstrous, clown-ish Monsieur Merde (who Lavant played in director Leos Carax's segment of "Tokyo!") to a bonkers, sexually charged segment in a performance-capture studio, to more naturalistic vignettes playing a father with a bullied daughter, or a dying old man. Each one is entirely distinct, and each one is extraordinary, and Lavant reinvents himself over and over again across one film. Carax has joked in interviews that he offered the part to Lon Chaney and Charlie Chaplin before his long-time collaborator came on board, but we're not sure even those silent greats would have done it justice in the way that Lavant does. Again, there's not a holy chance in hell of him getting a nomination, and that's one of those cases where future generations will look back and mock us for overlooking his work.

Ginger & Rosa
Elle Fanning - "Ginger & Rosa"
While most people won't be seeing Sally Potter's excellent post-war coming-of-age drama "Ginger & Rosa" until its February release date in North America, the film got a quiet one-week qualifying run in L.A. earlier this month. And this is all because of Elle Fanning's astonishing lead performance as the titular Ginger, a sensitive and artistic 14-year-old girl who is becoming more politically and socially aware but still grapples with her radical father, once imprisoned for his political beliefs and seemingly hell bent on testing every acceptable social more. Betrayed by her best friend and led astray by her father, Ginger is a hopeful, but confused ball of teenage emo angst. But as a vessel for Fanning, she is far more than a shrill, emotional dumping ground. A radiant and transformative Fanning gives herself to this character, letting the pain, anger and tremendous heartache just pour out of her skin. A luminous and breathtaking performance, this may be the best turn from a 14-year-old ever captured on film. Fanning is the real deal and while this performance likely doesn't even have a shot at a nomination because it’s too underseen, it's a fierce and unforgettable one that people will be looking back on when she's inevitably racking up awards later in her career (read our review).

This article is related to: Features, Awards, Academy Awards, Oscars, Matthias Schoenaerts, Denis Lavant, Michelle Williams, For Your Consideration, Emmanuelle Riva, Elle Fanning


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates