Over the years the Sundance Film Festival has proven the extra wind in the career sail of a number of actors and actresses. Catching audiences and Hollywood’s attention, they have quickly gone from little-known or unknown to Oscar nominees and winners. Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout role in Winter’s Bone, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2010, led to a Best Actress nomination for the then-20-year old actress. Since then, Lawrence has become one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, landing roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and The Hunger Games and receiving another Best Actress Oscar nomination this year for Silver Linings Playbook. Or look at Quvenzhane Wallis, the 9-year old lead of last year’s breakout Sundance film Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Having never performed in a film before, Wallis is now also up for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars. Perhaps a similar future is on the horizon for some of this year’s crop of actor and actresses?
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Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now: The actor first gained notice for his role as the teenage driver who killed Nicole Kidman’s young son in 2010’s Rabbit Hole. In his Sundance debut in the James Ponsoldt-directed coming-of-age tale The Spectacular Now, the 25-year-old Teller is now the leading man. Taking a one-two-punch approach, the CAA-repped actor looks well poised to find mainstream appeal with the comedy 21 And Over, which is directed by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and comes out March 1. That takes Teller from Park City to multiplexes all over America in less than six weeks time.
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Ahna O’Reilly, jOBS: The WME-repped actress has appeared on CSI: NY, 2011’s The Help and in the upcoming CBGB. However, her role as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ first love Chris Ann Brennan alongside with Ashton Kutcher brings O’Reilly front and center for the first time. The mother of Jobs’ first child, the relationship with Brennan makes up the emotional heart of the movie, and that can’t be a bad place to be. (more…)