Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AFT Awards: Best Limited Performance – Female

This is the nineteenth category of the 9th Annual AFT Film Awards to be announced. The AFT Awards are my own personal choices for the best in film of each year and the best in television of each season. The AFT Film Awards include the traditional Oscar categories and a number of additional specific honors. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them. Click here to see previous years of this category, which is sometimes split into male and female and sometimes been combined.

Honorable mentions:
Amanda Peet (Sleeping with Other People), Chloe Grace Moretz (Clouds of Sils Maria), Connie Britton (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Dascha Polano (Joy), Juno Temple (Black Mass), Katherine C. Hughes (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Marcia Gay Harden (Grandma), Meryl Streep (Suffragette), Natasha Lyonne (Sleeping with Other People), Perla Haney-Jardine (Steve Jobs)

The winner:
Judy Greer (Grandma) was a formidable and believable opponent for Lily Tomlin’s torrential girlfriend, a young woman with aspirations and a handful of hurtful academic slurs to disparage her offender.

Other nominees:
Molly Shannon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) was one of the best consistent oddities in her film, always ready to share a glass of red wine with her daughter’s friends and live in her own version of reality. Dakota Johnson (Black Mass) felt like she fit in as a mobster’s wife but revealed in just a few scenes what she truly held valuable. Heather Lind (Mistress America) stole the show from a number of other talented players as a remnant of the title heroine’s past not too eager to let her live her mistakes down. Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs) was a consistent thorn in her film’s protagonist’s side, there to remind him that he didn’t control anything and that she wasn’t willing to be forgotten.

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