"The Sisters Brothers" spins a unique Western yarn                "Colette" is another period piece showcase for Kiera Knightley                John C. Reilly looks like a late breaking Academy Award player in the Trailer for "Stan & Ollie"                Brie Larson saves the day in the First Trailer for "Captain Marvel"                The Toronto International Film Festival boosts "Green Book" with its Top Prize                Updated Academy Award predictions for early September                "White Boy Rick" is a compelling character study and period piece                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actress contenders                Shane Black gives "The Predator" his signature clever spin                Venice Film Festival award winners include "The Favourite" and "Roma"                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders                Watch out for Ben Foster in Best Supporting Actor for "Leave No Trace"                "The Favourite" releases a new Trailer to build off of its positive festival buzz                "All About Nina" and "Fahrenheit 11/9": Films to look forward to in September                Trailer for "The Front Runner" and Buzz from Telluride suggest another Oscar player for Jason Reitman        

Under the Radar: Andrew Garfield

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Today, since I’ve sort of liked mixing and making this Tuesday slot, I’m going to be continuing on with another new-ish series for you all here at the site, one that I started a few weeks ago. Basically, it’s a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series that I normally do here. As a quick refresher for those not in the know, each week I look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far, including today) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here, I’m going to look at more of an under the radar individual as opposed to a tried and true star. Basically, I’m getting to them before they become absolute A list stars.

For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at an actor who’s right in the middle, between getting the treatment in this particular way or being an outright star, and that person is Andrew Garfield. In my eyes, not nearly enough people know who he is outside of the new Spider-Man franchise, and that’s despite nearly grabbing an Oscar nomination a few years back.

Garfield first appeared on screens in the small scale Boy A, where he impressed Robert Redford enough to cast him in Lions for Lambs. He was solid both times, and parlayed that into roles in The Other Boleyn Girl and the Red Riding Hood trilogy (he’s essentially the star of one part). Next came a supporting part in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and a big role in the romantic melodrama Never Let Me Go. From there though, he was set to begin making an impression on Hollywood.

Getting cast in The Social Network was a game changer. He went from an up and coming young actor to a star in the making. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes, he gives a magnificent performance and came within an eyelash of an Academy Award nod. Though he couldn’t get the nom, he’s the emotional core of the flick and much of its success rests on his shoulders. The industry noticed his charms and humanity, quickly snapping him up for the biggest franchise they could find…The Amazing Spider-Man series.

Now, it appears that Garfield is locked into being a superhero, considering his life revolves around playing a certain web slinger. Opening this weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a solid showcase for his abilities both as a comedy actor and also as a romantic lead. I certainly hope that Garfield gets to play more diverse roles going forward, but putting on the tights every few years doesn’t bother me one bit.

Overall, I’ve always found Garfield an underrated presence in just about anything he shows up in. He’s going to have a big part in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming passion project Silence, so hopefully that could be the one to finally get Garfield noticed by the Academy. Regardless, Oscar will come calling soon enough, so we’ll just have to be patient until then…

Stay tuned for another one of these next week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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