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Brie Larson, "Short Term 12"
Brie Larson has received a fair amount of attention on the precursor awards circuit this year, though not nearly enough. In Destin Cretton's breathtakingly assured indie "Short Term 12," she packs a lot of layers in, revealing so little but conveying so much. It's a performance that couldn't be more grounded and believable, no shred of self-awareness evident, just pure, unencumbered existence. It's work other actors, even some on this list, should aspire to.