Okay, so obviously the Oscars aren’t the end-all-be-all of cinema. A movie can be great without being an Oscar movie; a movie can be nominated for Best Picture and can subjectively be considered shit. Sometimes the Academy gets it right, but it also gets it wrong. Essentially, don’t just pick the movies you want to watch based on whether or not they have the Oscar stamped on the front, but rather because of what interests you, what seems authentic and what your mood is craving. All that being said, however, as a film fan sometimes all you want is a certain performer to get noticed or considered. The following actors all did tremendous work this year, and while they won’t be up for any Oscars they certainly deserve some attention.
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
No, I’m sorry Golden Globes, SAG and Critics Choice Awards: I don’t see how Naomi Watts, Quvenzhane Wallis or Jennifer Aniston gave better performances than Jenny Slate in Obvious Child. This was a breakout role and she nailed it, being equal parts sweet, hilarious, relatable and charismatic. She didn’t deliver a false note and was yet another instance of a comedic performance that rivals any of the dramatic counterparts being largely and unfortunately overlooked.