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September 30, 2013
Brie Larson Deserves Awards Consideration for Short Term 12
— Posted by Kenny Miles
Every few years, an actress delivers an impressive breakout indie performance that demands serious attention. Not since Jennifer Lawrence in Winters Bones has a young actress earned worthy incredible raves at a film festival than Brie Larson in Short Term 12.
Short Term 12 is a sweet little gem of an indie that is slowly being discovered by audiences. It has grossed almost a million dollars despite a low theater count (under a 100 locations). This is one of those movies that needs to be watched by young social workers, foster parents, and anyone who works alongside troubled youth. General audiences will find it heartwarming, emotionally engaging, and admirable.
Jennifer Lawrence received an Oscar nomination for Winters Bone so why not Brie Larson for Short Term 12? It’s a tough considering this is a movie that is opening just before big studio Oscar contenders. It might be too small. This deserves all RT love it can achieve. During awards season, when a small performance is recognized, it means something. This isn’t an A List celebrity working the circuit for a year end feel good, prestige movie. Brie Larson in Short Term 12 was the kind of movie that is worthy of all the attention it can obtain. She is worthy of an Oscar nominee. In a better industry and with greater awareness, Brie Larson would be a nominee. Most importantly, seek this movie out!
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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