|Selena Gomez gives my favorite underrated performance of 2013.|
Happy Thanksgiving, readers! Here's a quick look at some underrated performances I love from this fantastic year (in no particular order). More precisely, they're performances that will probably not get major awards consideration. Nevertheless, I'm thankful for them.
Note: Actors in films like What Richard Did, Lore, Blancanieves and Ginger & Rosa have already been nominated for major awards, so they didn't make the list.
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth Estate
He never puts a foot wrong, and he would likely be in the conversation if the film were better.
Jude Law, Side Effects
He's been praised in positive and negative reviews for the film, but his reliability as an actor is often overlooked by awards groups.
Selena Gomez, Spring Breakers
James Franco still has a shot with critics groups, but Gomez is the heart of the film. I couldn't love her performance more.
Mark Strong, Welcome to the Punch
He plays the "bad guy" role like a straight dramatic part, and to great effect. He's quite powerful, albeit in a generic crime thriller.
Vincent Cassel, Trance
Another "bad guy" role done with an interesting twist. The character is complex, and Cassel makes sure he doesn't become a 2-dimensional villain.
Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, Adore
Two stellar performances in a divisive, overlooked film, which owes a lot to their fine work.
Justin Kirk, Last Love
The character (a son with contempt for his estranged father) on the page is a meaty role, and Kirk gives it everything without resorting to loud antics.
Simon Pegg, The World's End
His best performance yet. Pegg is hysterical, honest and touching.
Domhnall Gleeson, About Time
Picture a Hugh Grant character who can not only stutter, but also can actually move you. It's a wonderful performance that should get him more lead acting jobs.