Magazine article Variety

Vanguard, Virtuosos and Masters

Magazine article Variety

Vanguard, Virtuosos and Masters

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This year's sbiff honorées presents a mix of rising newcomers ("Room's" Jacob Tremblay) and long-established players (Michael Keaton of "Spotlight"). Fest executive director Roger Durling sounds off on some of the key award recipients.


* Brie Larson ("Room")

* Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn")

"Saoirse and Brie are the two best performances of the year," Durling says. "They're both such young performers, but the level of maturity and depth of range in both of them really impressed me this year."


* Rooney Mara ("Carol")

"If you see Rooney Mara's trajectory in cinema, she makes extremely edgy choices," Durling says. "Rooney is one of the most enigmatic actresses that I've seen on screen. "


* Elizabeth Banks ("Love & Mercy")

* Joel Edgerton ("Black Mass")

* Paul Dano ("Love & Mercy")

* Jacob Tremblay ("Room")

* Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl," "Ex Machina")

* O'Shea Jackson Jr. ("Straight Outta Compton")

"Look at Elizabeth Banks; it's insane," Durling says. "She does a pulverizing performance in 'Love & Mercy,' but also directed 'Pitch Perfect 2.' O'Shea Jackson and Joel Edgerton had incredibly memorable, breakthrough performances. With Jacob, he's a prodigy. To have such a nuanced and calibrated performance from somebody so young is something to celebrate. With Alicia, she adds so much texture and shading to her character in 'Danish Girl.' Both Danish Girl' and 'Ex Machina' roles for her could have been one note, but she adds such nuance and shades of different colors to her characters. …

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