With every new year comes a new batch of fresh faces that grace the big screen.
In 2017, we met a lot of promising new talent. This year's list of breakout stars are a group of people that we truly believe will be the next big thing. We look forward to following the careers of these actors who truly made a splash this year, especially considering how many of them are already awards contenders.
Check out the list below!
Bria Vinaite and Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
Two of this year's biggest discoveries came from the same film. We're not surprised, because director Sean Baker has a talent for finding new stars. In The Florida Project, Baker casts a non-actor who he found via Instagram, Bria Vinaite, who gives a bold and assured performance as a young, poor mother living in a motel on the outskirts of Disney World in Orlando. Bria has an electricity that is meant to be captured on film, and we hope to see more from her in the future.
As far as child actors go, Baker truly hit the jackpot in unleashing seven-year-old Brooklynn Prince into our lives. As Moonee, the central figure of The Florida Project, Brooklynn reminds us all what it's like to be a child, as we view her situation through her eyes, and as she gives the most natural and confident performance of the year.
Barry Keoghan, Dunkirk/The Killing of a Sacred Deer
One of the standout performances in one of the biggest films of this year came from Barry Keoghan, whose distinct aura will guarantee that he won't go unnoticed. In Dunkirk, Keoghan holds his own against his more distinguished scene partners Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy. He's easily one of the most memorable aspects of a film where the characters intentionally are hard to separate from one another. But it's in The Killing of a Sacred Deer where he truly shines, as the villainous, God-like young man who is seeking revenge from Colin Farrell's surgeon for the death of his father. We hope to see Keoghan play more mysterious, creepy roles like this one.
Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
The most praised comedic performance of the year comes from a comedian who flew under the radar for too long, Tiffany Haddish. Her breakout role in Girls Trip has already guaranteed her star to rise, as she steals the show from more well-known actresses like Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall. There's even a push for her performance in the film to gain Oscar contention, as the awards have recognized comedic talent in the past, such as Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids. Whether she gets that kind of high caliber recognition or not, we know to keep our eyes on Haddish.
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name/Lady Bird
It's kind of hard to believe that Timothée Chalamet is a newcomer. He's had small roles in big movies prior to this year, such as in Interstellar where he played Matthew McConaughey's son. But with Call Me By Your Name, he's suddenly the name that everybody is talking about. Quite simply, Timothée Chalamet gives the strongest male performance of the year, in a role that could potentially make him the youngest person to win the Best Actor Oscar. The fact that he's up against actors like Gary Oldman, Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis and Denzel Washington speaks volumes. We also get a second dose of him with his moody teen role in Lady Bird.
Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread
You still may not have heard of this actress from Luxembourg, but you'll soon recognize her as the woman who holds her own, and maybe even outperforms the legendary Daniel Day Lewis in Phantom Thread. The film follows a famous dressmaker and the young woman who becomes his lover and his muse. Working with Paul Thomas Anderson in your first big film is something that historically leads to a successful future, the director has jump-started the careers of people like Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly and more recently. Katherine Waterston. He also tends to work with the same actors time and again, so we're betting on seeing a lot more of Vicky Krieps.
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Starring in Get Out is one way to ensure you'll make waves in cinema. We'd call this the definitive film of 2017, a movie that defies genre and that is doing something completely original, while simultaneously breaking the box office. Jordan Peele's horror/satire is something that people will be talking about for years to come, and Kaluuya is at the centre of it. The image of his face as he enters the sunken place is bound to become an iconic part of film history, and his performance carries the film to horrifying heights. This is a fresh actor who made a bold impact, and who we know is here to stay.
Beanie Feldstein, Lady Bird
In a film filled with standout performances, Oscar-caliber turns from its leads, and a supporting cast that is to die for, we fell in love with newcomer Beanie Feldstein. She elevates the best friend role to new heights, and it's partly thanks to Greta Gerwig's assured screenplay, but definitely credited to this natural talent. As Julie, Beanie goes on her own journey parallel to the central story that is Lady Bird's. She's the funniest and most joyful character in the film. Knowing that she comes from a background starring on Broadway just tells us even more about the beacon of talent and light that she is, and all of the potential she can bring to future film projects.
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