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  • BrokenFan
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    #103923

    I was revisiting Thank You for Smoking, and I never realized how little award attention it got. Such a smart film. The same goes for its lead, Aaron Eckhart. 

    I’m curious about everyone’s underrated films. 

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    Anthony
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    I concur with Thank You For Smoking. It was definitely a stellar film that I feel should’ve been nominated for Best Picture that year.

    I also thought that Jim Carrey was very underrated (along with the film itself) in I Love You, Phillip Morris. 

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    Laactingnyc
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    #103926

    In 2011 the film Pariah was very underrated. And the performances in that film were great!

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    BrokenFan
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    I’m going to add Young Adult, curiously by Jaso Reitman also and of course Charlize Theron. 

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    Halo_Insider
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    I really liked Thank You For Smoking, as well. It’s a little surprising that it didn’t earn an Adapted Screenplay nomination.

    The first underrated film that I can think of is Moon. Sam Rockwell was quite deserving of a nod for that.  

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    Beau S.
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    Debra Granik’s feature film directorial debut – Down to the Bone. Featuring a performance from Vera Farmiga easily better than any performance by a leading actress that year (the year Witherspoon swept) and probably would rank among the best Best Actress winners of all time.

    Farmiga herself is quite underrated, great to see her finally getting major recognition on TV. 

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    BrokenFan
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    I agree with Vera Farmiga. There’s something…sultry about her that makes me watch. 

     I’m going to add Viggo Mortensen for the men. 

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    Scottferguson
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    Young Adult was terrific and terribly underappreciated. 

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    Logan
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    #103932

    It’s probably in my top 10 American films from the last five years (featuring an ending that made me forget Up in the Air’s).

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    Malick
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    The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. I still cant believe the picture and Brad Pitt missed. Both are a wonder.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I totally agree about Young Adult.  The best thing Jason Reitman has ever done, imo.  It should have gotten more Oscar love, especially since I think 2011 was a very weak year for movies.

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    The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. I still cant believe the picture and Brad Pitt missed. Both are a wonder.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    In 2011 the film Pariah was very underrated. And the performances in that film were great!

    I loved it!!!! There are choices besides Tyler Perry.   

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    BrokenFan
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    #103937

    Yes! To Assasination of Jesse James. Quite literally a beautiful film. 

    I’m going to add “Melancholia”. Kirsten Dunst should have been in the 2011 line-up. In an ideal world, the race should have been between her and Charlize Theron (and of course Meryl effin’ Streep). It was depressing as fuck but such a beautiful and sort of ‘hopeful’ film, at least for a Lars Von Trier one anyway. 

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Are we talking underrated in terms of Oscars or critical acclaim? Someone mentioned Melancholia and that got tons of acclaim. 

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