June 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm #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.June 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm #103925
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.June 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm #103926
In 2011 the film Pariah was very underrated. And the performances in that film were great!June 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm #103927
I’m going to add Young Adult, curiously by Jaso Reitman also and of course Charlize Theron.June 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm #103928
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.June 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm #103929
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.June 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm #103930
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.June 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm #103931
Young Adult was terrific and terribly underappreciated.June 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm #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).June 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm #103933
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. I still cant believe the picture and Brad Pitt missed. Both are a wonder.June 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm #103934
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.June 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm #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.