When it comes to winning Oscars, it helps to be good, but it’s notoriously difficult for any film or actor to make headway without an advantageous release date – usually in the fall – A-list stars, and/or a high-profile awards campaign, which in itself costs big bucks. So I asked our forum posters what off-the-radar candidates they feel deserve more recognition than they’re likely to get.
I personally made the case for “Le Week-End,” a comedy-drama about the strained relationship between a longtime married couple featuring award-worthy lead performances by Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent, which earned strong reviews back in the spring, as well as “Venus in Fur,” Roman Polanski‘s French-language adaptation of the play, with Emmanuelle Seigner impressively tackling the role that won Nina Arianda a Tony.
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Read some of our forum posters’ appeals to Oscar voters below, then click here to join them and discuss your own unsung heroes.
ibbster: “Acting-wise, I think Scarlett Johansson in ‘Under the Skin‘ deserves to be remembered, along with Tilda Swinton in both ‘Only Lovers Left Alive‘ and ‘Snowpiercer.’ And definitely Ralph Fiennes for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.'”
ETPhoneHome: “‘Frank‘ was a terrific little indie film, but won’t get any attention from anyone. ‘Calvary,’ despite a terrific performance from Brendan Gleeson, won’t get the attention it deserves either.”
OnTheAisle: “For me the finest film so far this year is ‘Ida,’ the stunning Polish film. It was haunting and beautiful.”
chasgeese: “100% ‘Under the Skin.’ By far the most impressive film I have seen this year (haven’t seen some biggies like ‘Boyhood‘ or ‘Birdman‘ yet, but I doubt either would beat it for me). It definitely deserves big nominations like Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.”
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