Incredible Acting Feats That Should Have Their Own Awards

We're giving out awards for the most underrated kinds of acting, including ... (click for full column)
  1. Speaking A Made-Up Language
    They don't prepare you for this kind of stuff in acting school. Just ask Dan Hildebrand whose Valyrian on Game Of Thrones sounds like, well, like a jammed printer: Clunky, forced, and it makes me want to hit him.
  2. Acting In A Mask
    The mask's CGI might have had a tiny, baby hand in it, but it never felt like you were looking at a faceless character with him, probably because the masked and unmasked versions were so in sync. They moved the same way, they sounded the same way, so whenever you saw Deadpool, you automatically saw Reynolds underneath the mask.
  3. Acting With Nothing There
    While filming The Hobbit, Peter Jackson relied heavily on green screen to make the dwarves and hobbits look fun-sized. During one such shoot, McKellen was sitting alone at a table surrounded by lamps with picture-cut-outs of his co-stars glued to them (to be replaced by the scaled-down actors in post), when he just broke down and started crying. "It's not what I do for a living," he lamented. "I act with other people, I don't act on my own."
  4. Saying A Catchphrase In A Seamless, Meaningful Way
    Neil Patrick Harris has a number of really bad lines on How I Met Your Mother but you never hear anyone complaining about his character on the show. What's NPH's secret? Mostly it's him throwing his catchphrases out there nonchalantly. By their very nature, TV catchphrases are audio prompts telling the audience "This is the goofball/nerd/drunk character," but Harris doesn't say it like that because he knows his character is more than that.
  5. Speaking With An American Accent
    Michael Caine is why Nolan's Batman movies will always have a leg up over any other version. The man can basically do it all: comedy, drama, kids' films. But not an American accent. He ... really can't do that. I'm not even sure what to call that thing he's doing in The Cider House Rules. I have a theory that the director stuck a piece of apple pie in his mouth in the hopes that it would help his performance. He was wrong.