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Logan Lerman - 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'
Pro: Lerman is a real breakout in the film and will be a discovery for many. He's a solid anchor with the right doses of emotion and realism without dipping into cliched damaged persona territory too heavily and that's the kind of balancing act actors can appreciate.
Con: But the film isn't being read as an awards vehicle, unfortunately, and most people talk about scene-stealing Ezra Miller than Lerman's more nuanced offering. It's also a film that could be tough for older Academy members to relate to.
- Kristopher Tapley