criminally underrated performances

Good Time (dir. Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie)

Possible nominations:

Best Actor: Robert Pattinson & Best Original Score

Why it’s a contender: Robert Pattinson has come a long way since catapulting to superstardom as the brooding object of teenage desire in the popular Twilight films, offering criminally underrated performances in prestige projects like The Rover, Cosmopolis, and Maps to the Stars. His most satisfying dramatic work to date, however, appears in the Safdie brothers’ Cannes thriller Good Time, which had industry analysts pegging him to win the festival’s Best Actor award in May. While the accolade ultimately went to Joaquin Phoenix for You Were Never Really Here, Pattinson still accumulated the best reviews of his career, which bodes well for his potential to occupy key space on critics’ ballots at their annual year-end awards. Oneohtrix Point Never’s soundtrack also received standout praise at Cannes, and it’s not entirely absurd to keep the experimental musician on your shortlist of Best Original Score contenders.

Available: Opens in theaters on Aug. 11.

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Oscars: Meet the contenders

If Oscar ballots went out today, who would the Academy vote for? EW takes a look at which films released in 2017 thus far have the best shot at landing Oscar nods in the months ahead.

Robert Pattinson has come a long way since catapulting to superstardom as the brooding object of teenage desire in the popular Twilight films, offering criminally underrated performances in prestige projects like The Rover, Cosmopolis, and Maps to the Stars.

His most satisfying dramatic work to date, however, appears in the Safdie brothers’ Cannes thriller Good Time, which had industry analysts pegging him to win the festival’s Best Actor award in May.

While the accolade ultimately went to Joaquin Phoenix for You Were Never Really Here, Pattinson still accumulated the best reviews of his career, which bodes well for his potential to occupy key space on critics’ ballots at their annual year-end awards. 

EW magazine