Fingers crossed these contenders aren't forgotten
Best Female Lead: Robin Weigert - "Concussion"
You may recognize Weigert’s sharp gaze chiefly from her Emmy-nominated role in "Deadwood," or recently "Sons of Anarchy," but after watching her alternately tender and caustic lead turn in Stacie Passon’s smart, sexy character study, you may wonder why you don’t know the 44-year-old actress from more movies. As an aimless, suburbia-dwelling lesbian whose dissatisfaction with her sexless home life leads her into an unexpectedly exciting career as a high-end call girl, Weigert makes funny, fearless sense of a character transformation that sounds a lot less credible on paper. Her performance tingles with the realization of sexual possibility, but is firmly grounded in weary everyday detail. She’s already earned a Gotham Awards nod for Best Breakthrough, but deserves to compete with the big guns.