A year of fantastic cast performances deserves a spotlight
"Short Term 12"
Best in show: Brie Larson
Other stand-outs: Keith Stanfield, John Gallagher, Jr., Kaitlyn Dever
Thoughts: Destin Cretton's indie wonder is a critics fave but doesn't yet seem to have the muscle to dent the season otherwise. Nevertheless, Larson's leading performance deserves to be right up there with all the other ladies in the Best Actress mix this year. The whole ensemble fills out beautifully in this, a film that counted on the spark of actors like Stanfield, Gallagher and Dever to convey its touching and humanist flourishes.