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Thursday
Feb 23 2012

Breakthroughs

"More please!"

...That's my chief criteria for nominating actorsfor Breakthrough prizesat this site's own annual gongs,the Film Bitch Awards.(For new readers the name is a long story.We're not so bitchy about the movies unless by bitchy you mean so in love with them that we hold them to high standards).We're hoping that Pariah is only the first great performance from Adepero Oduye (pictured left).

Rather than hand Her Lady of Sudden Ubiquity (Jessica Chastain) the gold silver and bronze this year,we're giving her a special "body of work"medal.

It's not our usual practice to nominate someone whose been working as long as Olivia Colman alongside debut artists like Martha herselvesElizabeth Olsen,but Colman was completely unknown to us here in the US.

You can see the Breakthrough nominations under the Film Bitch pulldown menu up top.We've also started handing out medals in the Oscar adjacent categories.Check them out!

P.S.Here's a cute video of the remaining nominees Tom Cullen & Chris New from "Attitude"'s photoshoot if you haven't seen it.

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Reader Comments (16)

I saw WEEKEND last,er,weekend in Australia and I've fallen hard.Can't get it out of my head!Both actors were superb,but my heart so went out to Tom Cullen's character.I walked around afterwards with the kind of high you get from seeing a film that you love and know you will revisit in years to come.

February 23,2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

LOVE your Breakthrough picks!Even your finalists and semi-finalists are fantastic.I also like that half of your top 10 breakthroughs are Brits.

February 23,2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

I get thseizes of giving Chastain the body of work specialty instead of breakthrough,but didn't Fassbender really win the body of work competition this year?

February 23,2012 | Unregistered CommenterCasey Fiore

I would love to see Criterion release "Weekend."

February 23,2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatryk

I get the idea*** damn iPhone autocorrect

February 23,2012 | Unregistered CommenterCasey Fiore

I just can't believe Viola Davis won your gold medal over Binoche's and Dunst's and Jeong-hee's ultra complicated,difficult and ground-breaking works!Talk about an anticlimax.I mean,she is a very strong actress,has immense gravitas,but that's not even half the challege other actresses had to face this year.Wow!That's a shocker.

February 23,2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

It's so clear to me this gold medal is not gonna age well...I see at least 5 other actress pulling off the mix of gravitas,seriousness,pain and strengh of Aibeleen,but I can see no other actress bringing that specifically dunstness in Melancholia or the uber difficult puzleness of Binoche's turn...Let's talk about this again in 5 years,ok?Or even a week,because who's gonna remember The Help after this season?

February 23,2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Luv the silver for Theron,anyway.Such a tricky role,such a difficult performance!

February 23,2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

The silver forJane Eyrein Adapted Screenplay makes me happy.

February 23,2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

In honor of your body of work winner,I thought I'd direct your attention to rottentomatoes' 2012 oscar nominee gallery,photo number 7.Clearly there is still some more breaking through to be done.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/gallery/2012_oscar_noms/#10245388

February 23,2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatbaskets

I was shocked to find out that Adepero Oduye is in her THIRTIES!And she plays a what,17 or 18 year old in the film?And she did it so convincingly!Please god,let me age that well...

February 23,2012 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

I think my personal choice for Breakthrough would be William Shimell...acting in his first film,and he managed to hold his own with Juliette Binoche.

February 24,2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill_the_Bear

Adepero will probably find life on television...unfortunately,Hollywood is too small minded to give her anything as good as Pariah.I am excited to see Elizabeth Olsen's trajectory,she seems intent on choosing well and not crap.

February 24,2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

I was trying to figure out why Olivia Coleman looked so familiar.I JUST realized she was in one of my favorite shows BBC's "Beautiful People"!She was brilliant.So glad to see her get more recognition.

February 24,2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoel V

Funny short story about the Oscars: R.I.P.亚博主页Oscar – A Hollywood Satire by Andie Heid
(includes: The Oscar Games,Movie Star Wars,Catwoman Rises,Battle of the Snow Whites,The Twilight Saga continues…)

February 24,2012 | Unregistered Commenterchriss

Terrific choices in Breakthrough (all well deserved),but it's a shame Nicole Beharie didn't make the list (finalist or semi-).She was marvelous in Shame.

February 24,2012 | Unregistered CommenterMareko
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