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  • Anonymous
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    Every once and a while we see a recognizable face go up to the Oscar podium and accept their Oscar or Emmy. I say every once and a while in this scenario because those actors aren’t really household names. Usually you like everything they do in their films. You always have a happy feeling when you see them on the screen. Every once and a while they’ll get a good chance to shine!

    Actors like Richard Jenkins and Stanley Tucci, or actresses like Connie Britton and Elizabeth Mitchell are some solid examples of them. Octavia Spencer, JK Simmons, Melissa Leo are some recent cases of character actors winning Oscars and giving a whole new life to their career they never had before.

    Here are a list of actors I wish could get that to happen to their career:
    Elizabeth Mitchell
    Stanley Tucci (he is close and he earns more and more fans every movie he is in)
    Connie Britton
    Rosemarie Dewitt
    Hayley Atwell
    Phyllis Smith
    Sanaa Lathan
    Patricia Clarkson
    Cobie Smulders
    Milo Ventimlilga
    Sean Whalen
    Paul Bettany
    Kristen Schaal
    Jim Caviezal

    They’re just very talented but they find themselves in roles that should be bigger, in roles that should be in better movies or tv shows, giving performances that should see. I know there are tons more to mention and talk about how they can break out. I just couldn’t collect them all to even put together a decent list.

    Discuss my friends!

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    Andrew Carden
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    Joan Allen and Kathy Bates

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1992) – Whitney Wakes Up the Oscars

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    Riley
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    Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street, Carol, Manchester by the Sea—the industry really wants Kyle Chandler to happen.

    I am not sure how Vincent D’Onofrio has slipped through the cracks without a juicy supporting role.

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    Anonymous
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    Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street, Carol, Manchester by the Sea—the industry really wants Kyle Chandler to happen.

    I am not sure how Vincent D’Onofrio has slipped through the cracks without a juicy supporting role.

    If he had a couple more scenes in the Judge he would have had his best role in a while.

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    M
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    Disappointed Emma Thompson was denied a fifth acting Oscar nomination for Amy Adams.

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    Teridax
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    Rinko Kikuchi

    Lorainne Toussaint

    Jenna Fischer

    Michelle Rodriquez IMO

    Michael Ironside

    Garbourey Sidibe (apologies if name is misspelled)

    Edward James Olmos

    James Spader

    Leslie Jones

    Kurt Russell

    Billy Bob Thornton

    Clive Owen

    Rose McIver

    David Anders

    Rahul Kohli

    Ally Sheedy

    Natasha Lyonne

    Uzo Aduba

    Clea Duvall

    Timothy Simons

    Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, The Wolf of Wall Street, Carol, Manchester by the Sea—the industry really wants Kyle Chandler to happen.

    I am not sure how Vincent D’Onofrio has slipped through the cracks without a juicy supporting role.

    What about Full Metal Jacket? Or Men In Black?

    I also think Kyle Chandler HAS “happened” in the television industry, just look at Friday Night Lights and Bloodline. Maybe he’s been offered lead roles in movies, but turned them down because he enjoys TV better.

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    Boidiva02
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    Would Shohreh Aghdashloo count in this thread?

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    Boidiva02
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    Eva Mendes would fit this bill; she’s worked a number of years now and has yet to find a role that really makes her stand out. I fear she’ll always be regulated to playing “the pretty girlfriend” or “pretty wife” and not much more.

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    Eddy Q
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    Disappointed Emma Thompson was denied a fifth acting Oscar nomination for Amy Adams.

    What does that have to do with this thread?

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    Eddy Q
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    Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Rebecca Hall
    Katherine Waterston

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    AviChristiaans
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    Sam RockwellMoon, Conviction, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Seven Psychopaths, The Way, Way Back. This man needs his breakout role. Undoubtedly one of the best under-appreciated actors working today.

    Michael Stuhlbarg A Serious Man, Blue Jasmine, Lincoln, Steve Jobs, Seven Psychopaths etc. He has been an outstanding supporting actor in numerous films, yet does not seem to get that role that would allow him to break out.

    Kelly MacdonaldNo Country for Old Men, Gosford Park, Boardwalk Empire, The Girl in the Café. She needs a lead role. A stunning lead role.

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    While they’ve had some, I think Liev Schreiber and Brendan Gleeson are two underrated talents who typically play great supporting characters but deserve more lead roles.

    And Blythe Danner, who proved last year that she can successfully carry a film in what was her first and only leading film role ever.

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    Anonymous
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    Kristin Chenoweth.

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    SouthernManz
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    Michael Shannon

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    thatfilmgirl
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    Paul Dano and Stanley Tucci are the ones that immediately come to mind.

    As well, I’m glad Domhnall Gleeson is finally starting to get some lead roles.

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