Performances Lost in the Awards Shuffle
These are the best performances that I feel are sadly being pushed under a truck in favor of bigger and/or more publicized names:
Rosamund Pike, An Education. (A very smart performance as a dumb blonde.)
Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
Paula Patton, Precious. (Remember the nice teacher? Remember?)
Ellen Burstyn, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. (An Oscar winner, but without a big campaign or much momentum behind the film.)
Jane Lynch, Julie & Julie. (She can really act!)
And Jim Broadbent, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Don't laugh! I swear he gave the best performance of the year.