Really interesting article tweeted out by Jewel Staite (of Firefly fame). Two aspects of this have got me thinking specifically about actors I admire and how unlikely they are to garner nominations and awards. First, a few interesting passages:
So throughout the article, the idea that method acting is inherently a “butch” choice to make comes up over and over, and that–acting being at its heart not the manliest of pursuits, not like chopping trees or anything–the connection to physical transformation and deprivation make it somehow more real, and more deserving of praise. That said, female actors are not measured (surprise!) by the same standards, instead:
While they do mention actresses who have done method work, they also mention that the praise that they receive isn’t so much for the ‘hard work’ of method acting but the ‘brave’ choice of not appearing strictly beautiful when onscreen.
They then go on to name several actors who consistently put in honest, gripping performances without having this sort of secondary performance of telling everyone how difficult ad grueling it was to achieve said performances.
This brings to mind for me the recent disappointment of many in fandom when their favorites are not recognized for a particularly riveting performance, something that very much touched a nerve with viewers. It could be in television that we simply have a glut of such performances, or that each fandom feels entitled to pull for their cast or one actor in particular.
But it could also be that what is expected of the actor is no longer just what is put up on screen, but a sort of self-aggrandizing campaign where they play up what is in essence doing their job as a feat of great personal sacrifice and discipline, or else it is not worth as much.