February 24th’s presentation of the 85th annual Academy Awards is bound to be a spectacular showing, just like it has been every year in its tenure that didn’t involve James Franco hosting. There are a number of daring yet deserved nominations, the shortest of which comes in the form of newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis, star of last year’s indie darling Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Unfortunately, in keeping with a tradition that extends back as far as 1929, egregious snubs were made in every major award category. This is my attempt to right those wrongs committed this year by the Academy.
6. Best Supporting Actress: Juno Temple, Killer Joe
In a thankless role, up-and-comer Juno Temple shines as the young Dottie, a doe-eyed country bumpkin who is put up as collateral by her doltish father and brother. As the film descends deeper into the madness we’ve come to expect from The Exorcist’s William Friedkin, Temple manages to carefully tread the waters between innocence and depravity.
Dottie, written for the stage by Tracy Letts but brought to life by Temple, could perhaps be the first great femme fatale of the 21st century. While snubbed this year, we can be sure to see more great performances from this audacious young Brit in the near future.