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    Jessica Chastain in six movies she made.

    She acted her ass off in all of those six and got her first oscar for playing a white trash bombshell although they could choose her in Take Shelter (+Michael Shannon in Best Actor category). She really showed that range in her first day (break out in Malick film was never an easy choice, ask Sissy Spacek), and I, as a fan, am just waiting to see her breaking her limit and get that gold.

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    Yes that’s a good one, forgot about Chastain

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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    Piggy backing on Chastain. Michael Fassbender also had an incredible breakout in 2011 as well.

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    Since their the only major award show that does a similar category, scrolling through the winners of the MTV Award for Best Breakthrough was wild.

    2010
    Anna Kendrick — Up in the Air (WINNER)
    Quinton Aaron — The Blind Side
    Zach Galifianakis — The Hangover
    Logan Lerman — Percy Jackson
    Chris Pine — Star Trek
    Gabourey Sidibe — Precious

    2011
    Chloë Grace Moretz — Kickass (WINNER)
    Jay Chou — The Green Hornet
    Andrew Garfield — The Social Network
    Xavier Samuel — Twilight: Eclipse
    Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit
    Olivia Wilde — Tron Legacy

    2012

    Shailene Woodley — The Descendants (WINNER)
    Elle Fanning — Super 8
    Melissa McCarthy — Bridesmaids
    Rooney Mara — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Liam Hemsworth — The Hunger Games

    2013

    Rebel Wilson — Pitch Perfect (WINNER)
    Ezra Miller — The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Eddie Redmayne — Les Miserables
    Suraj Sharma — Life of Pi
    Quvenzhané Wallis — The Beasts of the Southern Wilds

    2014

    Will Poulter — We’re the Millers (WINNER)
    Liam James — The Way Way Back
    Margot Robbie — The Wolf of Wall Street
    Michael B. Jordan — Fruitvale Station
    Miles Teller — The Spectacular Now

    2015

    Dylan O’Brien — The Maze Runner (WINNER)
    Ansel Elgort — The Fault in Our Stars
    David Oyelowo — Selma
    Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
    Rosamund Pike — Gone Girl

    2016

    Daisy Ridley — Star Wars: The Force Awakens (WINNER)
    Amy Schumer — Trainwreck
    Brie Larson — Room
    Dakota Johnson — Fifty Shades of Grey
    John Boyega — Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    O’Shea Jackson Jr. — Straight Outta Compton

    2017

    Daniel Kaluuya — Get Out (WINNER)
    Riz Ahmed — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Chrissy Metz — This Is sue
    Issa Rae — Insecure
    Yara Shahidi — Grown•ish

    2018

    Tiffany Haddish — Girls Trip (WINNER)
    Iain Armitage — Big Little Lies and Young Sheldon
    Timothée Chalamet — Call Me By Your Name
    Katherine Langford — 13 Reasons Why
    Nick Robinson — Love, Simon
    Letitia Wright — Black Panther

    2019

    Noah Centineo — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (WINNER)
    Awkwafina — Crazy Rich Asians
    Ncuti Gatwa — Sex Education
    Haley Lu Richardson — Five Feet Apart
    Mj Rodriguez — Pose

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    Margot Robbie for Wolf is a good one. Fassbender was already famous

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    Brie Larson in Room? She was pretty unknown before that, she briefly had a music career and a supporting part in Sleepover (I didn’t even know it was her at first). Then she won an Oscar for Room and now she’s Captain Marvel.

    Brie’s breakout role was definitely Short Term 12.

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    Surely JLaw in recent times. Winter’s Bone led to a massive franchise and quick succession of acclaimed movies / Oscar win

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    Lupita

    JLaw

    Margot Robbie

    Adam Driver

    Zendaya is definitely having a breakout moment but she’s been working for a long time so it’s maybe more a culmination?

     

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    No doubt it was Jennifer Lawrence. In 2010 she had her first prominent role in a film with four Oscar nominations, including best picture and actress.
    In 2011 she first appeared in the reboot of one of the biggest superhero franchises in cinema (X-Men).
    In 2012 she had her leading role playing one of the most popular and iconic female characters of the past decade in a film that became one of the biggest box office hits of the year. In the same year she won several awards for her performance on ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ including the Oscar.
    In 2013 she did the sequel to The Hunger Games which was also a box office success and was again nominated for several awards for her performance on American Hustle.
    Only in that three-year period she had already played an iconic character in pop culture (Katniss), won the five most relevant awards in American cinema (GG, CC, Bafta, SAG, Oscar), had also won minor awards (AACTA, Spirit Awards, Gotham, Satellite) and had also won the top three critical awards (NYFCC, NSFC, LAFCS).
    Even though other actors like her have had roles in major franchises and won an Oscar in their first or second nomination (Stone, Brie, Vikander, etc.) Lawrence still had a bigger breakthrough than the others.

    Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/IsabelaOlivie/

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