December 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm #46323
For those of you who have no idea who Jeannie Berlin is, well, she is the daughter of an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and critically-acclaimed comedian/actress, Miss Elaine May. Elaine May achieved early success as one half of a comedy team, supported by future filmmaker Mike Nichols. Her first film was 1971’s New Leaf, for which she earned a GG nod as Best Comedy Actress. Over the years, she churned out script after script, notably 1978’s Heaven Can Wait (Oscar nod 1) and Mikey and Nicky, which she also directed. As a Director, Elaine May earned good notices for 1972’s The Heartbreak Kid, which she directed from Neil Simon’s screenplay.
This film introduced us to May’s 22-y.o. daughter, Ms. Jeannie Berlin, who was up until that point a bit player in small films like The Baby Maker (1970) and Portnoy’s Complaint (1972). The film won her rave reviews from critics alike, and she even managed to squeak out wins at the NYFCC and the NSFC. She followed this with Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her stunning breakout role. Following this role, Ms. Berlin slowly faded out of public consciousness. The following year, she took a role opposite future murderer O.J. Simpson in the short film “Why.”
We still do not know why she did this…
In 1975, Berlin came back to the film scene with a lead role in the low-budget independent cult classic “Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York,” opposite Roy Scheider, who had just completed filming filming Jaws at Universal. During this period, she only did one other role, and that was a guest spot on the hit dramedy series Columbo in 1976. Why she quit is beyond me, but we can all be glad that she made an initial comeback in the late 1980s when she wrote a part for her mother, who had failed to deliver the goods with her most recent directorial effort Ishtar and who desperately needed a comeback to revive her image. The film was 1990’s In the Spirit and though it wasn’t a huge blockbuster, it did well enough in the market it was intended for.
Since then, between that film and the 2004/2005 filming of Margaret, Berlin has only done one role, on TV’s Miss Match…a GG-nominated series that was canceled after just a few episodes if not a full season.
Here is a clip of her Boston Critics-nominated role in Margaret:
And here is a clip of Jeannie Berlin in In the Spirit (1990):December 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm #46325
None of the above. My vote goes to Steve Carell in “Crazy, Stupid Love.”
Also, since The Descendants and Midnight in Paris received SAG Ensemble nominations, it is tough to call those performances forgotten or underrated. Your list needs to be rehashed as a result.December 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm #46326
Peter Mullan in ‘Tyrannosaur’
A very chilling, and heartbreaking portrayal of a man whose fury is both impulsive and destructive.December 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm #46327
John HawkesDecember 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm #46328
my vote goes to KEVIN KLINE IN THE CONSPIRATOR…
he is always overlooked!!!December 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm #46329
Michel Piccoli in We have a PopeDecember 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm #46330
Owen Wilson–MiP!December 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm #46331
From some members here, Dominic Cooper’s apparently terrific in The Devil’s Double.
The best supporting performance I’ve seen this year was given by Charlotte Rampling in Melancholia.December 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm #46332
Well, so far there are several imo. Evan Rachel Wood, Eddie Redmayne, Robert Forster, and Ryan Gosling.
Ryan’s been in three films I’ve seen this year, and I am doubting he will receive any kind of nomination. He deserves one for Drive.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K Dick Blade RunnerDecember 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm #46333
Dominic Cooper in ‘The Devil’s Double’ for sure. The most overlooked and under appreciated performance of the year.December 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm #46334
None of the above.
My vote goes to Steve Carell in “Crazy, Stupid Love.”
Also, since *The Descrndants* and Midnight in Paris received SAG Ensemble nominations, it is tough to call those performances forgotten or underrated. Your list needs to be rehashed as a result.
True, I guess. But it should be noted that Corey Stoll was NOT nominated as part of his film’s ensemble. Also, please take notice of the word in the poll’s title: UNDERRATED. I’m not talking about ensemble performances but the individual performances.
Finally, please learn how to spell.December 16, 2011 at 4:04 am #46335
I would say:
Bryce Dallas Howard in The Help
Sarah Paulson in Martha Marcy May Marlene
Charlotte Rampling in MelancholiaDecember 16, 2011 at 8:16 am #46336
Mines would be:
Kim Wayans in Pariah
Salli Richardson-Whitfield in I Will FollowDecember 16, 2011 at 8:36 am #46337
He was nominated for a Golden Globe in one of the year’s best movies. Stoll, on the other hand, DID earn a spirit nomination, but was snubbed by SAG as one of the film’s ensemble cast members. People enjoy Cotillard in the film, but no one has talked up her performance, which is her best since La Vie En Rose. People enjoyed her in Inception, but the film was a tad overrated and superficial and pretentious. A fanboy fav.
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