“Almost every year in the Best Actress Oscar race, amid all the flashy biopics and box-office heavies, there seems to be one indie performance from across the pond that gets short shrift. Last year, it was Lesley Manville‘s hysterical turn in Mike Leigh‘s Another Year. Before that, Sally Hawkins‘ brilliant turn as the terribly cheery Poppy in another Leigh film, Happy-Go-Lucky, went criminally overlooked by the academy.

Tyrannosaur star Olivia Colman.

“And now, going up against Meryl Streep‘s Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Michelle Williams‘ Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, and The Help‘s Viola Davis, there’s Olivia Colman‘s quietly devastating performance in Tyrannosaur.” — from Marlow Stern‘s 11.17 Daily Beast profile of Colman.