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P1NSTR1PEZ 12-18-2012 01:42 PM

Top 10 Breakthrough Peformances of 2012
 
Wrote this up for my site, figured I'd share see what yall thought.

In no Particular order:

Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi - It was the first time he ever auditioned for a role and not only did he get it, he dazzled. Lost at sea Pi finds himself on a small boat with a Tiger (Richard Parker) and must learn to co-exist with it all while trying to somehow not die. Sharma captivates the audience, exuding struggle, pain, hopelessness in one of the most impressive debut performances I've ever seen.

Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild - Bursting onto the scene at a stout five years old, Quvenzhane Wallis mesmerized audiences at every festival to kick of 2012 and once again throughout the year with her passionate display in Beast of the Southern Wild. Playing a poor father and daughter, Dwight Henry and Wallis live in "the bathtub" of New Orleans and run down, almost post-apocalyptic-like area trying to survive. Wallis shows she's wise beyond her years, having to do far too many grown up things like take care of a drunken father before she even had all her teeth.

Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks - Starring and writing Ruby Sparks, Kazan plays the imaginative girl Paul Dano's character writes about who one day becomes real. Wearing many hats, speaking different languages and going through every emotion possible, this is undoubtedly Kazan's breakout role, and one everyone must see.

Kelly Reilly, Flight - Holding your own with Denzel Washington is saying something, outshining him puts you on a different level. While Washington is getting some buzz for an Oscar, Reilly is the one who deserves to be in the Best Supporting Actress nomination talks. Playing a junkie who Captain Whip Whitaker falls for, her strained relationship with the pilot sets a great tone for the film. Reilly balances being a drug addict and trying to help an alcoholic pilot wonderfully.

Ben Whishaw, Cloud Atlas, Skyfall - Probably my favorite male breakout candidate on my list this year. Whishaw really took me by surprise in Cloud Atlas, especially with the story line of the composer and his prodigy. In the new 007 film, Whishaw is the new young Q, the man who has all the fancy toys for James Bond. Recently Whishaw has picked up projects like Steven Spielberg's Roboapocolypse, and is currently shooting the highly anticipated The Zero Therom.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed - Unquestionably Mary Elizabeth Winstead deserves to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category, I'll riot if it doesn't happen. Winstead plays an alcoholic schoolteacher in one of the most authentic and harrowing performances you will see. While Smashed has some levity to it with a few laughs from Aaron Paul, the film is a rough look at what alcohol does to young people and it's anchored by one of the best performances of the year from Winstead.

Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom - Slightly older then the already mentioned Quvenzhane Wallis; Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward charm and make us laugh so much in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. The two play Sam and Suzy, pen pal lovers who decide to run away together. Through a witty script and unforced child-like behavior, the two show us how true kids behave and just how awesome and funny, young love is.

Omar Sy, The Intouchables - Hard to really be surprised these days watching films, but Omar Sy pretty much blew me away when I recently saw The Intouchables. Playing a young man who has been in a lot of trouble he becomes a caretaker for a rich quadriplegic man learning all about life, sacrifice and the simple ability to care for someone else. It's a hilarious look at an unfortunate situation and I feel like the film will beat Amour for Best Foreign film thanks to Francois Cluzet and Sy's performances.

Dane DeHaan, Chronicle, Lawless, Lincoln - The true definition of a breakout year is standing out in every film you've been in, especially when no one really knows who you are. With Chronicle DeHaan plays a high school outcasts whose powers get the best of him. This is the role that made everyone go wow! He followed that up with solid supporting efforts in Lawless and Lincoln and has now grabbed the coveted role of Harry Osborn in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Have yourself a year kid!

Scoot McNairy, Argo, Killing Them Softly, Promised Land - Scoot has been a guy lurking in Hollywood for a few years and it seems like 2012 was simply his year. Battling Ben Affleck in Argo, McNairy and his stache put up just as good if not better performance in the Tehran hostage film. Following that out with the action mob flick with Brad Pitt and Oscar hopeful Promised Land and McNairy is poised for another huge year in 2013.

izzy2024 12-18-2012 01:46 PM

Nice list, though I think Hedlund from On the Road not only should be added, but really should probably be at the top (I know its not in order, just mean in general).

Otherwise, totally agree with McNairy who's really impressed me this year (and had the best performance in Argo IMO) and Whishaw is one of my favorite actors in the world, so nice to see him get some love.

DaMovieMan 12-18-2012 02:01 PM

That's a good list no doubt.

I would add Logan Lerman (Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Tom Holland (The Impossible) to the list, even though I really appreciate a list of breakthrough performances that doesn't just feature child actors! Spot on with Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry and Ben Whishaw.

Reckoner 12-18-2012 02:06 PM

A great list of choices! Suraj Sharma would be probably get my vote as the most impressive breakthrough of the year (though I haven't seen Beasts of the Southern Wild yet). To know that he had absolutely zilch acting experience beforehand and yet was able to pull off such a sublime performance (while acting by himself and in front of a blue screen for 90% of the time, no less) was truly astonishing.

Also, a shout-out to another impressive performance:

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Logan Lerman - The Perks of Being a Wallflower - While Lerman had already broken through into the mainstream with roles in films like Percy Jackson, 3:10 to Yuma, and last year's Three Musketeers, it wasn't until I saw him this year as the introverted, emotionally complex Charlie that I really acknowledged the amount of talent this kid truly has. He carried the film beautifully and there's a blistering honesty to his performance that, had it not been genuine, would have ruined the entire movie. It was a tricky role to pull off, and Lerman brilliantly delivered a subtle, nuanced and restrained performance that peeled off the character one layer at time up until those last 20 minutes of the film, where everything is let loose and the actor becomes raw and riveting. Expecting great things to come from him and his equally impressive co-stars, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.

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Originally Posted by DaMovieMan (Post 3636488)
Spot on with Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry and Ben Whishaw.

Agreed. Whishaw was actually my favorite of the performers in Cloud Atlas...definitely the performance that stuck with me the most.

Hucksta G 12-18-2012 02:16 PM

I'd add Omar Sy from The Intouchables

EDIT: Whoops I saw you listed that.

ilovemovies 12-18-2012 03:23 PM

Some of my favorites:

Taylor Kitsch in John Carter (he was perfectly okay in Battleship and Savages, but it was in John Carter he was his best, a star making performance imo)

Richard Armitage in The Hobbit - Badass!

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass & Jake Johnson in Safety Not Guaranteed

Frank Grillo in The Grey - I've liked him in other stuff from Prison Break to Warrior, but this was such an awesome performance. He deserves a best supporting actor Academy Award nomination, it's unfortunate that he won't get it.

Gina Carano in Haywire - she came out of nowhere and gave a kickass, badass performance in the Steven Soderbergh directed action flick.

Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street - I was never one of those people who hated the guy, I thought he was, eh, okay, but he really knocked this one out of the park. He was hilarious and charming and even showed some vulnerability. It was a really good performance.

Alex Russell and Dane Dehaan in Chronicle

And of course I'm in agreement with Suraj Sharma and Kelly Reilly. Both performances were great, especially Sharma.

P1NSTR1PEZ 12-18-2012 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by DaMovieMan (Post 3636488)
That's a good list no doubt.

I would add Logan Lerman (Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Tom Holland (The Impossible) to the list, even though I really appreciate a list of breakthrough performances that doesn't just feature child actors! Spot on with Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry and Ben Whishaw.

I enjoyed Lerman, but I liked Ezra Miller in that film. Great movie all around.

I haven't seen The Impossible yet, was suppose to see it two weeks ago.

P1NSTR1PEZ 12-18-2012 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Hucksta G (Post 3636500)
I'd add Omar Sy from The Intouchables

EDIT: Whoops I saw you listed that.

one of my favorites of the year, absolutely on my list, laughed my ass off.

P1NSTR1PEZ 12-18-2012 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by ilovemovies (Post 3636529)
Some of my favorites:

Taylor Kitsch in John Carter (he was perfectly okay in Battleship and Savages, but it was in John Carter he was his best, a star making performance imo)

Richard Armitage in The Hobbit - Badass!

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass & Jake Johnson in Safety Not Guaranteed

Frank Grillo in The Grey - I've liked him in other stuff from Prison Break to Warrior, but this was such an awesome performance. He deserves a best supporting actor Academy Award nomination, it's unfortunate that he won't get it.

Gina Carano in Haywire - she came out of nowhere and gave a kickass, badass performance in the Steven Soderbergh directed action flick.

Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street - I was never one of those people who hated the guy, I thought he was, eh, okay, but he really knocked this one out of the park. He was hilarious and charming and even showed some vulnerability. It was a really good performance.

Alex Russell and Dane Dehaan in Chronicle

And of course I'm in agreement with Suraj Sharma and Kelly Reilly. Both performances were great, especially Sharma.

Tatum, Carano, Kitsch are far too well known for breakthrough labels. I tried to keep the list of actors who haven't really made it yet.

Frank Grillo is a good actor but he plays the same role a lot.

ilovemovies 12-18-2012 03:43 PM

Tatum is well known, but I thought this was a real breakout year for him because of how surprisingly good he was.

Kitsch and Carano aren't well known, at least not to me. And I thought this was Carano's first movie?

And may ask, how is Grillo the same in everything?

P1NSTR1PEZ 12-18-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by ilovemovies (Post 3636538)
Tatum is well known, but I thought this was a real breakout year for him because of how surprisingly good he was.

Kitsch and Carano aren't well known, at least not to me. And I thought this was Carano's first movie?

And may ask, how is Grillo the same in everything?

Carano is a world famous MMA fighter.

Kitsch has massive fame from Friday Night Lights and tons of movies.

Grillo always, always plays the asshole tough guy.

echo_bravo 12-19-2012 04:49 AM

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Originally Posted by P1NSTR1PEZ (Post 3636480)
Dane DeHaan, Chronicle, Lawless, Lincoln - The true definition of a breakout year is standing out in every film you've been in, especially when no one really knows who you are. With Chronicle DeHaan plays a high school outcasts whose powers get the best of him. This is the role that made everyone go wow! He followed that up with solid supporting efforts in Lawless and Lincoln and has now grabbed the coveted role of Harry Osborn in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Have yourself a year kid!

Scoot McNairy, Argo, Killing Them Softly, Promised Land - Scoot has been a guy lurking in Hollywood for a few years and it seems like 2012 was simply his year. Battling Ben Affleck in Argo, McNairy and his stache put up just as good if not better performance in the Tehran hostage film. Following that out with the action mob flick with Brad Pitt and Oscar hopeful Promised Land and McNairy is poised for another huge year in 2013.

These would definitely be my top two picks.

Dane flat out rules and really reminds me of a young Dicaprio. And according to Bourne, he steals the show in The Place Beyond the Pines

I first noticed McNairy in Monsters and thought he had a lot of potential. Glad his career is really taking off. Thought he was excellent in Killing Them Softly.

Bourne101 12-19-2012 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by echo_bravo (Post 3636699)
Dane flat out rules and really reminds me of a young Dicaprio. And according to Bourne, he steals the show in The Place Beyond the Pines

Yeah, that movie is packed with great performances and he gives the best one.

magjournal 12-19-2012 06:11 PM

01 Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
02 Omar Sy, The Intouchables
03 Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
04 Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi
05 Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom
06 Mike Birbiglia, Sleepwalk With Me
07 Scoot McNairy, Argo
08 Brit Marling, Arbitrage
09 Jared Gilman, Moonrise Kingdom
10 Tara Lynne Barr, God Bless America

Those are my picks. I'd include Martin Donovan in Collaborator, but no one saw that, lol.

ilovemovies 12-19-2012 06:15 PM

I had Brit Marling on my list last year for her wonderful turn in Another Earth.

magjournal 12-26-2012 12:53 AM

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Originally Posted by ilovemovies (Post 3637051)
I had Brit Marling on my list last year for her wonderful turn in Another Earth.

Still have yet to see that. I think I became fatigued by artsy space movies by the time I saw Melancholia (having also seen The Tree of Life last year too), so when I actually was able to get around to watching Another Earth, I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

Frank the Tank 01-03-2013 11:27 AM

If it wasn't for McConaughey's king-sized performance, Juno Temple would've been the standout in Killer Joe. She had such a commanding screen presence as Dottie. Her two solo scenes with Joe were tremendous. She deserves some mention.


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