Tuesday, 16 September 2014
A corporate downsizing drama, The Company Men faithfully reveals the trauma caused by a contracting economy. The film works as a straightforward chronicle but without capturing any emotional resonance.
While McClary survives the cuts along with veteran salesperson Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper), the casualties include young and ambitious marketing executive Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck), who has an MBA, a large house, a larger mortgage, a Porsche, golf club membership, wife Maggie (Rosemarie DeWitt) and two kids. Bobby struggles to come to terms with the seismic impact to his personal life, and refuses to accept the economic crisis that has descended on his household. But with months passing and no prospects for another corporate job, he has to seriously consider accepting the humiliating offer from his brother in-law Jack (Kevin Costner) to help out on a construction site. Meanwhile, back at GTX, the rift between the considerate Gene and the much more ruthless James grows wider, as another round of cuts looms.
And through Bobby's story The Company Men does question the priorities of the young and ambitious, as wealth is translated into a mountain of debt that leaves no buffer. A smaller house, a practical car, and less golf would have allowed Bobby to ride out the recession in better shape. At the top, the rich find the ways to get richer. Salinger's reward for initiating deep cuts is an improved share price and the opportunity to sell the company and cash in on a new fortune.
But while the film functions smoothly, it never latches onto an emotional vein. Unlike Up In The Air (2009), The Company Men does not get under the skin of any of the protagonists, and remains a superficial if well-meaning study of people struggling through a crisis. Almost mechanically, Bobby goes through the academic stages of anger, denial, and dejection before being picked up by his wife Maggie once he reaches rock-bottom. Gene demonstrates why he is not the CEO of GTX by displaying too much caring for people rather than share price. And Phil represents the most exposed corporate soldier, the loyal employee who worked his way up, but has been stagnant for a long time and is now too old to be re-trainable. All good stories that unfold with integrity, but in the context of an imploding economy, all also rather predictable, and Wells doesn't find too many new angles to explore.
The cast of dependable stalwarts is consistently good, and while Affleck, Jones, Nelson and Cooper perform admirably with no surprises, Kevin Costner and Rosemarie DeWitt grab the opportunity to shine in excellent supporting roles.
With their company exposed to an economic crisis, all of The Company Men will experience tumultuous losses. For most of the men the pain is raw and visible. And those who emerge from the crisis with much greater material wealth and little empathy for the misfortune of others have actually suffered most of all. They have lost their soul, although they may not know it.
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Monday, 15 September 2014
A rather listless spy adventure, The Double is caught between a flimsy plot that leaves out all the details and tired action scenes that offer nothing new. A couple of good plot twists maintain a modicum of interest.
Highland is asked to work with young FBI agent Ben Geary (Topher Grace), who wrote his Master's thesis on Cassius. Geary is obsessed with the case, and Stephenson finds it difficult to work with the eager but inexperienced young agent. They nevertheless track down and interrogate the imprisoned Brutus (Stephen Moyer), the lone surviving member of Cassius' cell, to try and determine the killers' whereabouts. Brutus is soon killed, and the emergence of another brutal Soviet-era assassin in the form of Bozlovski (Tamer Hassan) further complicates the investigation.
The Double offers two significant twists, the first about 30 minutes into the film and the second in the final 10 minutes. Both of the script summersaults are sharp and unexpected, and credit to the writing team of Derek Haas and director Michael Brandt for conjuring up a crisp double. The relationship between Shepherdson and Geary also steps beyond buddy movie territory and into some moments of anguished reflection and anxiety.
But otherwise, there is precious little to enjoy. The story stumbles and falls early, avoiding any depth, and skipping past details such as the background to the senator's death, Bozlovski's mission, why Cassius is being smoked out of hiding, or how Stephenson was able to track down Bozlovski for the final confrontation. The investigative skills on display bounce between simplistic and embarrassing, and finally tilt on incredulous, primarily consisting of Geary concluding that Cassius must always attend the scene of his crimes and then scouring photos to find the common face.
There are a few action scenes consisting of the most mundane foot chases, exchanges of gunfire and some close-quarters combat, and it is all about 40 years out of date in terms of originality and execution.
Richard Gere and Topher Grace fulfill their obligations with minimal fuss and impact, both playing their roles with notable dedication but without being able to rise above above the material. Martin Sheen breezes through the film often in the company of expensive suits and a large overcoat, throwing his authority around and serving as a reminder than most movies improve when he is given more screen time.
The Double offers a pair of intriguing jacks, but also serves up a series of frustrating double faults.
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Sunday, 14 September 2014
A spring - winter romance, Love In The Afternoon is talkative and static, but still manages to shine thanks to a radiant Audrey Hepburn and a congenial Maurice Chevalier.
Monsieur X: Please, monsieur, is the news good or bad?
Claude: That depends. Is this your wife? [Hands over a photograph]
Monsieur X: It looks like her.
Claude: Then I regret to inform you that it looks bad.
Monsieur X: Then there IS another man!
Claude: There is. And I regret to say that he looks good.
Cooper was 56 years old at the time of release, and only four years away from his untimely death. Hepburn was literally half his age at 28. As in the quote above, the script tries to insist that Cooper is a handsome devil, but unfortunately he was not a leading man who was able to camouflage his age in later years. He carried every one of those 56 years, creating a central problem for Love In The Afternoon. As much as Frank Flannagan is a successful jet-setting businessman, Ariane is simply too smart, practical and resourceful to immediately fall for a man who could well be her elderly uncle. Any chemistry between the two quickly smells foul.
But despite the shortcomings, the movie does work better than it should. The dialogue exchanges are sharp, Wilder and Diamond, who would go on to collaborate on a total of twelve films, finding frequent zingers that comment on everything from Paris, to shady business, and the airiness of love confronting the practicality of lust without commitment.
Ariane's one strategy to gain Frank's attention is to hold up a mirror and talk his walk, pretending that she behaves as he does, arousing intense jealousy as Frank finally has to confront the emptiness of a life full of women but lacking the one woman. It's the film's central hook, and it works beautifully thanks to Hepburn's seductively intellectual approach to her quest. And Hepburn is the film's main asset, displaying her coy appeal, giving Ariane a delightful spirit of level-headed rebellion mixed with insecurity.
Frank: Everything about you is perfect.
Ariane: I'm too thin! And my ears stick out, and my teeth are crooked and my neck's much too long.
Frank: Maybe so, but I love the way it all hangs together.
Even with Hepburn in top form, Chevalier steals every scene that he is in, creating in Claude Chavasse a memorable father pretending to still have some control over his daughter while knowing full well that she is off on her own, enjoying new adventures inspired by his own detective work.
Ariane: Papa, you are a cynic!
Claude: I guess I am.
Ariane: You enjoy your work!
Claude: I guess I do.
Ariane: You'd enjoyed it even if you weren't paid for it!
Claude: I wouldn't go that far.
The one recurrent elaborate gag running through Love In The Afternoon is a good one: Frank has a musical foursome known as the The Gypsies at his disposal, and they follow him around on his travels providing musical accompaniment to his numerous trysts. The Gypsies provide the film with dry humour and an entertaining musical score, although Fascination is eventually overused to distraction.
Love In The Afternoon is an imperfect but still enchanting romance, celebrating love's ability to overcome and soar, any time of day.
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Saturday, 13 September 2014
A feel-good story of cultures clashing then reconciling in rural France, The Hundred-Foot Journey offers grown-up entertainment in a pleasantly predictable package.
Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) works as a sous-chef with Madame Mallory, and she starts a tentative friendship with Hassan, which evolves into a romance. Madame Mallory's establishment is proudly recognized with a single coveted Michelin star, and she craves winning a second star. But with the noisy Indian restaurant suddenly offering competition and disrupting her staid environment, a tense stand-off erupts between the two establishments, with a racist undercurrent. But Hassan's burgeoning talent will not be denied, and his rising reputation takes him on an unexpected journey.
The blending of Hollywood and Bollywood in neutral France works well, with Helen Mirren perfectly haughty as the widow denying her emotions by throwing her soul into perfecting her already impeccable restaurant. Bollywood veteran Om Puri matches her with a performance of grace and determination. Papa Kadam is man more stubborn than he at first appears, holding on to Indian traditions but not beyond raising his elbows and adapting as needed to ensure that his family not only survives but thrives in their new environment. Both Madame Mallory and Papa Kadam will have to overcome some of life's deeper scars before coming to terms with each other.
The romance between the younger couple Hassan and Marguerite is ironically more traditional, complete with bicycle rides through the countryside. The complications emerge in the form of career competitiveness. Marguerite is at first welcoming and helpful, but once Hassan's talent as a potential star chef becomes clear, she struggles with the sudden and unexpected threat to her own ambitions.
The final third of the film smoothly switches gears, as peace breaks out between the competing restaurants and the journey becomes that of Hassan, the talented immigrant struggling with the definition of success, the importance of family, and the unfinished business of the heart. The journey starts with the first hundred feet, but it's ultimately the trip of globalisation, around the world to define the new meaning of home.
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Thursday, 11 September 2014
A classic film noir, Gilda smolders in the Buenos Aires heat as a small time gambler, his ex-flame and an illegal casino baron get embroiled in a personal duel against the backdrop of a dangerous cartel emerging from the post-war shadows.
Although they both initially deny it, it becomes obvious that Johnny and Gilda are former lovers who broke up on bad terms. Gilda, perhaps a mistress of the oldest profession, is a wild spirit who cannot be contained by Ballin, and she starts running around with any available man, primarily to make Johnny jealous. Ballin becomes preoccupied when his involvement with an illegal, Nazi-linked tungsten cartel starts to catch up with him. He asks Johnny to keep an eye on Gilda and make sure that she stays safe, but the flame of passion between Johnny and Gilda is about to be reignited.
Gilda is populated by slippery secondary characters who animate Ballin's casino, oozing hidden agendas from every pore and turning the gambling den into the favourite hangout for the crooks, the cops, and the crocked. Maurice Obregon (Joseph Calleia) doesn't drink and doesn't gamble, he is there as a government agent charged with keeping an eye on the place and untangling the tungsten cartel's secrets. The durable Uncle Pio (Steven Geray) looks after the bathrooms, and is a lot more astute than he looks.
And then there is the twisted-looking old man who regularly walks in, bets on "2 black" at the roulette wheel, and walks away with a wad of cash, all part of the effort to keep the peace. And finally there are the two "Germans" who show up to try and reclaim control of the cartel away from Ballin, now that the world war is over and all.
It's all reminiscent of Rick's Cafe Americain, of course, but the Gilda screenplay (by Jo Eisinger
and Marion Parsonnet) is not concerned with great struggles between good and evil. At Ballin's casino it's all about personal greed, lust, jealousy and betrayal, a world full of selfish Ricks who are looking out for their personal gain and pleasure.
Gilda proves to be the catalyst for both Johnny and Ballin. Both men are enjoying financial riches until she walks into their lives, and by the time the drama has played out, it is clear that no life stays on the same trajectory once Gilda makes an appearance. An exceptional force of nature and an alluring partner for the man who tames her heart, Gilda is a game changer.
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014
A sprawling romance set amidst Pittsburgh's steel industry, The Valley Of Decision is epic in scale and ambition, and well-served by a committed Greer Garson performance.
Mary's father Pat (Lionel Barrymore) has an uncontrollable hatred for the Scotts, whom he blames for the industrial accident that left him in a wheelchair. Nevertheless, Mary quickly earns the respect of the family with her committed and no-nonsense attitude. Mary and Paul share an immediate attraction, and although they do fall in love, the gulf in class between the wealthy scion and the lowly maid means that any serious relationship is likely doomed, particularly with Paul seemingly destined to marry his childhood sweetheart Louise (Jessica Tandy). Mary also gains the deep trust and gratitude of Clarissa, and becomes a close friend to Constance.
An adaptation of the Marcia Davenport novel, The Valley Of Decision is a grand love story with a rich cast of characters, an impressive backdrop of industry, an undercurrent of class struggles, and an absorbing breadth of events. Under the guidance of director Tay Garnett's steady hand, the two hours of running time fly by, as the well-rounded characters prove to be engaging and relatable.
With so much going on the film invariably suffers from a few moments that fall flat, and some of the emotions are either truncated or simplistic. But whenever events threaten to overwhelm The Valley Of Decision, the depth of the characters and the bonds that form between them prove to be unshakeable foundations. Mary shares meaningful and separate connections with Paul, Clarissa and Constance, giving the film three anchors to build around.
And even the supporting characters add plenty of substance, the old warriors William Scott and Pat Rafferty carrying the burdens of generations past, while plant foreman Jim Brennan (Preston Foster) and Paul's brothers William Jr. (Dan Duryea) and Ted (Marshall Thompson) play key roles in the family's destiny.
Greer Garson positively shines as Mary Rafferty, bringing to the role confidence, determination, and courage. Garson is able to convey love coupled with wisdom, and the unique empathetic traits that would allow a housekeeper to gain the trust and admiration of the family she serves. Gregory Peck establishes his strong screen persona as Paul, a good man not afraid of setting an example by breaking down barriers and building meaningful relationships with the less fortunate.
With Lionel Barrymore as the caustic Pat helping himself to large bites of the scenery to chew on, it is left to Marsh Hunt to deliver the other stand-out performance as Constance. She evolves from entitled and rich to entitled and struggling, while forming a genuinely warm bond with Mary, a deep friendship that would unexpectedly prove to be vital for the Scotts' future. The business may be steel and smoke, but ultimately, it is people who determine the destiny of any venture.
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014
A lame romantic comedy, Do Not Disturb suffers from manic over-acting by Doris Day and an almost total absence of chemistry between any of the couples on display.
Back in Kent, the town's busybody Vanessa Courtwright (Hermione Baddeley) convinces Janet that she needs to arouse Mike's jealousy by pretending to have a lover of her own, and arranges for suave antique furniture dealer Paul Bellari (Sergio Fantoni) to be the pretend lover. But Paul has plans of his own, and whisks Janet away to Paris on a quest for some furniture pieces - and possibly some romance.
Directed by Ralph Levy, who spent almost his entire career in television, Do Not Disturb is a second rate production which never gets going, and is a lot more annoying than funny. Doris Day unleashes all the loud ditziness with none of the seductive cuteness, pushing her persona to intolerable levels of aggravation.The character of Janet is an insufferable dimwit bouncing on the energy of her cluelessness, and it's a wonder that the Harpers have any kind of a marriage to care about or save.
There is not a hint of warmth between Mike and Janet, while Janet spends most of the interminable Paris trip drunk out of her mind, eliminating the potential for serious romance with Paul. The most dangerous woman on show is Claire Hackett, who has all the icy attributes of an expert home wrecker, but the screenplay by Richard Breen and Milt Rosen gives her next to nothing to do.
Not all is completely lost, as the film reaches a climax at a business conference attended by all the textile industry magnates with curvy "assistants" rather than their wives. Janet crashes the event to try and reclaim her husband. Levy finally finds some good laughs on a dance floor filled with older men behaving badly, younger dolled-up mistresses vying for their attention by shaking their assets, an orchestra smoothly switching tunes according to who is on the dance floor, and catering staff navigating the flailing limbs with consummate skill. It's party that would have been worth attending, unlike the rest of this feeble film.
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A social drama from Iran about the cascading consequences of individual decisions, A Separation is an impressive triumph, teasing perceptive observations of the human condition from the simple story of a failing marriage.
Nader hires a housekeeper, Razieh (Sareh Bayat), to help with his father during the day. Razieh is poor, has a young daughter Somayeh (Kimia Hosseini), is pregnant with another child, and is married to the combustible Hodjat (Shahab Hosseini), who owes a lot of money to creditors. Razieh finds the task of caring for Nader's father too much for her, and the pay too low to make it worth her while. But before she can quit, an unexpected crisis causes an angry confrontation between Nader and Razieh, and the physical altercation results in escalating personal, financial and emotional damage to two families.
The quirky realities of Iran's culture embellish the film, and contribute to the mounting misunderstandings. Simin and Nader need the permission of a judge to divorce. With Nader non-committal either way, the judge does not grant it. Razieh does not want Hodjat to know that she is caring for a man all day, despite Nader's father being a helpless sick man. She also needs to check with the country's religious hot-line prior to cleaning up the old man after he wets himself. And Razieh does not tell Nader that she is pregnant, hiding her condition under the flowing chador, to safeguard a job that she decides is anyway not for her.
Farhadi also uses his story to comment on the perceived injustices imparted on the lower classes, as Hodjat feels the justice system tilted in favour of the middle class, Hodjat's word and his wife's honour seemingly not quite as important as Nader's version of the story. Witnesses are quick to line up and corroborate Nader, and Hodjat's temper is used against him to insinuate complicity in harming his family.
Even more thought provoking is Farhadi's unblinking view of the children dragged into the conflicts of their parents. Termeh and Somayeh are observant witnesses to the events around them, and Termeh becomes an essential interrogator of her father as Nader stretches the truth to try and extricate himself from the unfolding predicament. In desperation Nader turns the guilt tables onto his precocious daughter and places her squarely in front of an adult dilemma, linking his questionable actions on his need to care for her. At an early age, Termeh is going to have to decide between family and fairness.
Farhadi's directorial style is low-key with a documentary feel, his cameras capturing everyday events transforming into swirling dramas at Nader's unassuming apartment and at the chaotic government offices where grievances are traded and sweaty magistrates patiently separate the half-truths from the exaggerations. The performances are stunning in their normalcy, Peyman Moaadi as Nader and Shahab Hosseini as Hodjat in particular bringing to life two unassuming men from opposite sides of town locked into a tempest that could claim both their futures.
There are no heroes and no villains in A Separation, no glamour, no pathos, and no crescendos of emotions or climaxes of any kind. This is a story about everyday people, all of them flawed but all of them also essentially just decent humans doing the best that they can. The film works brilliantly as a mirror to the men, women, children, and the elderly who share the seemingly simple but actually complex common characteristic of assembling the puzzle called life.
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Sunday, 7 September 2014
Jennifer Lawrence was born on August 15 1990, and by 2014 had secured three Academy Award nominations, winning the Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Lawrence is well established as the most exciting young star in Hollywood and looks set for a long and celebrated career.
Young promise does not always translate into adult success. It takes a special combination of talent, determination and good decision making to succeed for the long haul in the tough business of Hollywood filmmaking. The Ace Black Blog will track these 25 at five year intervals to see if they fulfill their potential. Meet this generation of most promising actresses, presented by order of birth from oldest to youngest.
#1 Sarah Hyland
born November 24 1990, in Manhattan, New York
Best known from television's Modern Family, Sarah has dabbled in movies including Spanglish (2004) and Vampire Academy (2014). She will need to start focussing more on films if she wants to establish herself formally on the big screen.
#2 Emma Roberts
born February 10 1991, in Rhinebeck, New York
Julia Roberts' niece already has a long list of film credits, starting with Blow (2001) and notably including Lymelife (2008) and Adult World (2013). Her famous aunt may be a help or a hindrance as Emma tries to carve her own identity.
#3 Shailene Woodley
born November 15 1991, in Simi Valley, California
Already nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Descendants (2011), Shailene made another strong connection with audiences in 2014's The Fault In Our Stars. For good measure she proved her action credentials in Divergent (2014). From the actresses on this list, she is one of the most likely to achieve long-term sustained success.
#4 Selena Gomez
born July 22 1992, in Grand Prairie, Texas
Perhaps a risky choice since Gomez is best known as a singer and Justin Bieber's girlfriend. But in Spring Breakers (2013) Selena demonstrated a willingness to take risks. It's a welcome attitude that could allow her to surprise with an interesting big screen career.
#5 Sofia Vassilieva
born October 22 1992, in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Best known for television's Eloise and Medium, Sofia made a mark in My Sister's Keeper (2009). She has gone back to University and secured impressive academic credentials, and is ready for a new assault on film stardom should she choose to pursue that path.
#6 Halston Sage
born May 10 1993, in Los Angeles, California
With roles in The Bling Ring (2013) and Neighbors (2014), Halston appears to be building momentum from her platform on television's How To Rock.
#7 Adèle Exarchopoulos
born November 22 1993, in Paris, France
Her stunning turn in Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013) has already propelled her to the front ranks of young talents to watch. Will she focus on French cinema or try to establish herself in Hollywood?
#8 AnnaSophia Robb
born December 8 1993, Denver, Colorado
AnnaSophia already has an impressive resume and strong momentum. Her key films have included Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Soul Surfer (2011) and The Way Way Back (2013).
#9 Dakota Fanning
born February 23 1994, in Conyers, Georgia
Dakota has been appearing in films since 2001, and her best known roles include Charlotte's Web (2006), The Runaways (2010) and the Twilight series. She is transitioning to more adult roles with features like The Motel Life (2012).
#10 Saoirse Ronan
born April 12 1994, in New York City, New York
After her breakthrough and Academy Award nomination in Atonement (2007), Saoirse has continued to appear in classy big-budget productions including The Lovely Bones (2009), Hanna (2011), The Host (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). She has established her place as one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood, and appears set for a terrific career.
#11 Jodelle Ferland
born October 9 1994, in Nanaimo, British Columbia
A presence on television and on film since 2000, Jodelle is perhaps best known for Silent Hill (2006) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010). With several film productions in the pipeline, she appears set to start focussing on a movie career.
#12 Georgie Henley
born July 9 1995, in Ilkley, England
Best known for the Chronicles Of Narnia film series, Georgie has a raft of kid and youth awards to build a career on.
#13 Abigail Breslin
born April 14 1996, in New York
Abigail has been acting in films since 2002, and rose to prominence and earned an Academy Award nomination for Little Miss Sunshine (2006). She has since kept up her profile with notable performances in high-budget productions like Zombieland (2009), Ender's Game (2013) and August: Osage County (2013). She is on a terrific career trajectory that should see her established among Hollywood's top actresses.
#14 Hailee Steinfeld
born December 11 1996, in Los Angeles, California
Nominated for an Academy Award for True Grit (2010), her first feature film, Hailee has followed up with roles in Romeo And Juliet (2013) and Ender's Game (2013). She has plenty of upcoming releases to further enhance her credentials as a top star of the future.
#15 Chloë Grace Moretz
born February 10 1997, in Atlanta, Georgia
With a film career that started in 2005 with appearances in movies like The Amityville Horror, Chloë Grace has steadily built momentum and burst onto the scene with Kick-Ass (2010) and Carrie (2013). If I Stay (2014) and The Equalizer (2014) will firm-up her position among the front ranks of young actresses.
#16 Isabelle Fuhrman
born February 25 1997, in Washington DC
Her role in The Hunger Games (2012) placed her on the radar, but Isabelle has been appearing on television and on film since 2005, with Orphan (2009) a notable early role. She is currently alternating between voice acting, TV and the movies, and will need to focus on the latter to pick-up big-screen momentum.
#17 Maisie Williams
born April 15 1997, in Bristol, England
Maisie has made a splash on television's Game Of Thrones. She has started to dabble in the movies, and time will tell if she will stick to television or make a concerted effort to turn to the big screen.
#18 Bella Thorne
born October 8 1997, in Pembroke Pines, Florida
Bella has strong presence on television on shows like My Own Worst Enemy, Big Love and Shake It Up. She has started to ramp up a movie career, most notably in 2014's Blended, with many additional big screen productions in the pipeline.
#19 Peyton List
born April 6 1998, in Florida
Her television presence on Jessie has been augmented with movie roles since 2004. Peyton's appearances have included Spider-Man 2 (2004), 27 Dresses (2008) and Something Borrowed (2011). She is another talented actress who may have to soon decide between television and film.
#20 Elle Fanning
born April 9 1998, in Conyers, Georgia
Dakota's younger sister is also looking to carve out a serious movie career. She has been appearing on film since 2001, and her recent high-profile credits include Super 8 (2011), We Bought A Zoo (2011), and Maleficent (2014). Elle appears on course for continued success.
#21 Mélusine Mayance
born March 21 1999 in France
Mélusine came to the attention of international audiences in 2010's Sarah's Key. She has time to decide whether or not to try and carve out a career in Hollywood, or alternatively focus on French cinema.
#22 Bailee Madison
born October 15 1999 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Bailee is a charming scene-stealer on television shows like Trophy Wife, and has appeared in movies like Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) and Parental Guidance (2012). She has racked up numerous young artist awards, and if she can transition from kid to more adult roles in the coming five years, a career in the movies is there for the taking.
#23 Kiernan Shipka
born November 10 1999, in Chicago, Illinois
Kiernan is best known for television's Mad Men, and has had only a few film appearances, notably in Very Good Girls (2013). She has the potential to move into more prominent big screen roles in the coming few years.
#24 Sophie Nélisse
born March 27 2000 in Windsor, Ontario
Sophie has a short but impressive resume, having already been noticed in Monsieur Lazhar (2011) and The Book Thief (2013), and picking up a clutch of awards in the process. She is well positioned to build a powerful reputation as an up-and-comer.
#25 Quvenzhané Wallis
born August 28 2003 in Houma, Louisiana
The youngest of the group, Quvenzhané is the current record holder for the youngest ever Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012). She has followed-up that break-out performance with 12 Years A Slave (2013) and the upcoming remake of Annie (2014). There have been plenty of child stars who never made the jump to an adult career, but Quvenzhané has every opportunity to achieve success.
The aggregated Academy Award scorecard as of September 2014:
Total Best Actress Awards: 0
Total Best Actress Nominations: 1
Quvenzhané Wallis, for Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)
Total Best Supporting Actress Awards: 0
Total Best Supporting Actress Nominations: 4
Abigail Breslin, for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Saoirse Ronan, for Atonement (2007)
Hailee Steinfeld, for True Grit (2010)
Shailene Woodley, for The Descendants (2011)
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