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    So now that the season has started, we have an idea of what performances are on the critics/industry radar and will get nominated and win most of the awards.

    But, what are some performances of this year that seem to be getting no traction at all and yet are deserving of the recognition?

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    The main cast of Babyteeth. All four of them delivered win worthy performances and it’s a shame none of them will get any traction.

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    I’ll go by each category. Obviously this is vey subjective.

    Actress

    – Radha Blank, The 40 Year Old Version
    – Morfydd Clark, Saint Maud
    – Beanie Feldstein, How to Build a Girl
    – Sally Hawkins, Eternal Beauty
    – Rashida Jones, On the Rocks
    – Rachel McAdams, Eurovision
    – Elisabeth Moss, Shirley
    – Eliza Scanlen, Babyteeth
    – Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

    I would include Julia Garner but she has gotten traction with critics (i.e. she was the Boston runner up).

    Actor

    – Johnny Flynn, Emma
    – Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
    – Toby Wallace, Babyteeth

    S. Actress

    – Morfydd Clark, The Personal History of David Copperfield
    – Essie Davis, Babyteeth
    – Jennifer Ehle, Saint Maud
    – Miranda Hart, Emma
    – Billie Piper, Eternal Beauty
    – Talia Ryder, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
    – Sarah Solemani, How to Build a Girl
    – Tilda Swinton, The Personal History of David Copperfield
    – Odessa Young, Shirley

    S. Actor

    – Peter Capaldi, The Personal History of David Copperfield
    – Paddy Considine, How to Build a Girl
    – Peter Kim, The 40 Year Old Version
    – Matthew MacFadyen, The Assistant 
    – Jonathan Majors, Da 5 Bloods
    – Ben Mendelsohn, Babyteeth
    – Josh O’Connor, Emma
    – Clarke Peters, Da 5 Bloods

    FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"

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    The main cast of Babyteeth. All four of them delivered win worthy performances and it’s a shame none of them will get any traction.

    I’ve been meaning to watch Babyteeth for a while but now that I’m making my year-end lists I’ll definitely be checking it out soon.

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    I’ve been meaning to watch Babyteeth for a while but now that I’m making my year-end lists I’ll definitely be checking it out soon.

    Eliza Scanlen is honestly just an incredibly underrated performer. She is the definition of versatile. Her performance in Babyteeth is a complete 180 from her performance in Sharp Objects (you hardly recognise that she’s the same person lol).

    I wasn’t also a fan of Ben Mendelsohn’s work until now but he was truly heartbreaking in this. It’s tempting me to see what else he is in.

    FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"

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    From what I’ve seen so far:

    Lead performances

    Radha Blank, The 40-Year-Old Version
    Elisabeth Moss, Shirley
    Cristin Milioti, Palm Springs
    Alma Poysti, Tove
    Jesse Plemons, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
    Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
    Ibrahima Gueye, The Life Ahead
    Pete Davidson, The King of Staten Island

    Supporting perfomances

    Arliss Howard, Mank
    Odessa Young, Shirley
    Glynn Turman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Jonathan Majors, Da 5 Bloods
    Orion Lee, First Cow
    Dianne Wiest, Let Them All Talk
    Lucas Hedges, Let Them All Talk
    Robin de Jesus, The Boys in the Band
    Miranda Hart, Emma
    Dan Stevens, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    All these performances were unique in the sense that the actor brought them to a level someone else would have not. Unfortunately I expect them to be largely – and for the most part completely – snubbed by awards bodies.

    I’ve left out some great performances that I expect to gain at least a few random nods here and there, such as Candice Bergen in Let Them All Talk, Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things and Nicole Beharie in Miss Juneteenth.

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    Under-rated in terms of being excellent and not appearing on critics’ lists/nominees

    Han Ye-ri, Minari
    Meryl Streep + Dianne Wiest + Candice Bergen + Gemma Chan, Let Them All Talk
    Colman Domingo + Glynn Turman, Ma Rainey
    Sally Hawkins, Eternal Beauty
    Rahda Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version
    Abril Zamora + Sophia Loren, The Life Ahead (has she appeared yet really?)

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    I watched Beanpole today. It should be in contention for awards across the board but the outstanding (debut!) performances of Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina deserve to get attention.

    I’m also disappointed the film didn’t make the final cut for International Film this past ceremony because it would have boosted the visibility a lot and perhaps given it the tiniest chance of getting the major nominations it deserves this year.

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    Elisabeth Moss in everything — per usual.

    Oscar FYC -- Give Viola Davis her second Oscar!

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    Lead Actor
    Jim Parsons in The Boys In The Band
    Ben Affleck in The Way Back
    Henry Golding in Monsoon
    Ibrahima Gueye in The Life Head

    Lead Actress
    Evan Rachel Wood in Kajillionaire
    Zoey Deutch in Buffaloed
    Betty Gilpin in The Hunt
    Leah Lewis in The Half of It

    Supporting Actor
    Sebastian Stan in Endings, Beginnings
    Richard Jenkins in Kajillionaire
    Tuc Watkins in The Boys In The Band
    Jeremy Strong in The Trial of the Chicago 7
    Robert Pattinson in The Devil All The Time
    Colman Domingo in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

    Supporting Actress
    Hillary Swank in The Hunt
    Mary Holland in Happiest Season
    Abril Zamora in The Life Ahead

    FYC TV: Stateless | We Are Who We Are | Cate Blanchett in Stateless | Paapa Essiedu in I May Destroy You

    FYC Movie: Boys In The Band | Toni Collette in I’m Thinking Of Ending Things | Jim Parsons in The Boys In The Band | Shailene Woodley in Endings, Beginnings | Zoey Deutch in Buffaloed | Sebastian Stan in Endings, Beginnings

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    Haley Bennett – Swallow
    Michael Stuhlbarg – Shirley

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    Fiona Shaw in Ammonite deserves more hype for Supporting Actress
    Josh O’Connor and Miranda Hart for Emma. both deserve some awards love as well in Supporting Actor/Actress
    Also, Arliss Howard was the biggest scene stealer in Mank and should be in the running for Supporting Actor

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    – George MacKay in True History of the Kelly Gang

    – Cosmo Jarvis in Ride With the Horses 

    – Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski, Undine 

    – Brian Dennehy in Driveways 

    – The cast of Babyteeth

    – Devin France, Wendy 

    – Hugh Laurie, <i>The Personal History of David Copperfield </i>

    FYC from what I've seen:

    Best Picture - Minari, Nomadland, Another Round, Promising Young Woman
    Best Director - Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)
    Best Actor - Steven Yeun (Minari), Riz Ahmed (The Sound of Metal)
    Best Actress - Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), Frances McDormand (Nomadland), Han Ye-ri (Minari)
    Best Supporting Actor - Brian Dennehy (Driveways), Ben Mendelsohn (Babyteeth)
    Best Supporting Actres - Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

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    Sope Dirisu, His House
    Wunmi Mosaku, His House
    Ibrahima Gueye, The Life Ahead
    Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami…
    Eli Goree, One Night in Miami…
    Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth
    Robin de Jesus, The Boys in the Band
    Jonathan Majors, Da 5 Bloods

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    The entire cast of Nine Days, especially Duke, Beetz, Skarsgard and Wong.

    And, honestly, Anthony Rannells in The Prom even though I really didn’t like this movie. He, along with Meryl, saved it from being boring and totally forgettable.

    FYC:

    Lead Actor: Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round)

    Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

    Supporting Actor: Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

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