What early releases deserve recognition come January 2013?
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4. Best Actor: Jack Black, "Bernie"
Richard Linklater's "Bernie" has quietly become one of the biggest critical hits of the year (so far). And at its center, a performance from Jack Black unlike anything we've really seen out of the actor is screaming for some attention. It's the best work of the actor's career, to be sure, a tuned-in portrayal that's nothing if not singular. Perhaps if nothing else he'll get some critics' awards attention later in the year. --Kristopher Tapley