Nominations voting closes tomorrow for members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and with the major critics’ prizes and Golden Globes handed out, conventional wisdom has coalesced around a handful of names for acting nominations: McDormand, Ronan, Oldman, Rockwell, Chalamet, Robbie, Janney, Metcalf, etc. But if I may bend your ear for just a moment, Academy voter: maybe, think about a few others? Use these last few hours to check out something that’s not on your radar? Because there were some tremendous performances last year that nobody is talking about.
Best Actress: Melanie Lynskey, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Look, I get it – this is one of the richest Best Actress fields in years, and it’s hard to even narrow this one to five front-runners. And I’m sure it’s easy to have missed this one, a Netflix streamer that premiered on the service all the way back in February. But that’s also when Get Out hit, so no excuses there! And Ms. Lynskey’s turn as a had-it-up-to-here wallflower who turns into an amateur detective/vigilante is a fine companion to Frances McDormand’s justifiably praised turn in Three Billboards – but with a bit more subtlety and finesse.