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Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated

27 February 2013 2:18 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.


Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.

In Neeson’s case, his lack of a nomination was a case of neglect similar to the Albert Brooks snub in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film year 2011 for Drive(Nicolas Winding Refn, USA).

Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »

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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on 'The Night of the Following Day,' Starring an Uncooperative Marlon Brando

6 February 2013 7:52 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Marlon Brando week continues at Trailers from Hell with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing Hubert Cornfield's kindap thriller "The Night of the Following Day." An uncooperative (and very blond) Marlon Brando put director Cornfield through the ringer during this offbeat French-made production, but the resultant film still has its perverse merits. Look for the Rita Moreno bathtub scene where Brando showed up drunk and Cornfield had to cut around him. »

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