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Ben Foster - "Ain't Them Bodies Saints"
Pros: "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has popped up a number of times in our contender galleries and it deserved the mentions; it's a handsome piece of work with quality above and below the line. My favorite performance in the film, and a great many others', comes from Ben Foster, who might offer up his best work to date. It's a truly lived-in portrayal, and somehow, Foster continues to surprise.
Cons: This August release already feels like an afterthought well after its Sundance bow and IFC Films rarely antes up too much in the awards season. Reviews were solid but a film like this needs critics' awards, and it isn't likely to get them.