Even the most popular actors in Hollywood have their fair share of underappreciated films, and this is quite upsetting considering they’ve exerted a lot of effort to bring the character they played to life. Here, ExploreTalent has come up with a list of the most underrated acting performances in recent times. These are actors who showed badass performances, which the Oscars and other award-giving bodies, mainstream audiences, and most critics failed to give praise and recognition.
Underrated Acting Performances of the Last 5 Years
5. Miles Teller, Whiplash (2014)
When the film was released, everyone was singing praises for J.K. Simmons, and he truly deserved that Oscar nod as he showed an awesome performance. But the unsung hero of the film was Miles Teller, who played a music student driven to edge by his passion for the arts. Teller’s acting skills were put to good use in this film, but guess some people failed to notice that.
4. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Z for Zachariah (2015)
Chiwetel Ejiofor has had a lot of underrated acting performances, and one of them is Z for Zachariah. The plot of the movie alludes the biblical tale of Adam and Eve and centers around the lives of a man and a woman (Ejiofor and Margot Robbie) who miraculously survived a devastating nuclear apocalypse. Things start to shake up a bit when a third man (played by Chris Pine) is introduced in the picture. While both actors played their parts effortlessly, the way Ejiofor portrayed the feelings of loath, anger, and loneliness was a true standout, which sadly did not get as much recognition from critics.
3. Charlize Theron, Dark Places (2015)
Following the success of the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s hit book Gone Girl was the overshadowed film Dark Places. Not only did it tell such a compelling and dark tale of a heinous crime that tore apart a simple family, it also featured one of the most underrated acting performances in the history of Charlize Theron‘s career. Here she plays Libby Day, who accuses her brother of a murder he may or may have not committed back when they were children.
2. Ewan McGregor, Perfect Sense (2011)
Ewan McGregor has one of the most celebrated careers in Hollywood, but Perfect Sense remains to be one of his most underrated acting performances ever. Sure, the film may have not been well-received by critics altogether, but it still showcased McGregor’s acting chops in the best possible way. After all, his portrayal of a man losing all of his senses was eerily realistic and the ending is sure to leave you elated or in tears.
1. Jake Gyllenhaal, End of Watch (2012)
Way before David Ayer dipped his feet into superhero movies, he directed End of Watch featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. In the film, which is in itself underrated, Gyllenhaal really stood out in his role as a police officer involved with a dangerous cartel. Seriously, the whole film is a hidden gem and it often makes one wonder how Ayer could follow up this work years later with the critically panned movie Suicide Squad.