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Best Actor: Alden Ehrenreich, "Beautiful Creatures"
This is not a misprint. Infinitely smarter, sweeter and sexier than every installment of the “Twilight” franchise combined, Richard LaGravenese’s bright, eccentric, perfectly-cast YA adaptation was undeserving of its critical and commercial fate. And it should have made a Pattinson-size star of its unexpectedly delightful leading man. 23-year-old Ehrenreich made an auspicious feature debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” four years ago, but I was still taken off-guard by the outsize charisma and twinkling intelligence he displays as Ethan Wate, a day-dreaming South Carolina teenager who’s equal parts geek and jock, and our open-faced guide into the film's loopy Southern Gothic supernaturalism. I needn’t list the infinite reasons why this won’t happen, but Ehrenreich's is still one of the year’s most magnetic star turns.
- Guy Lodge