Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition: Special Jury Award to director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte for “As You Are”!!!
(17) Owen Campbell, “As You Are”
Best known for a memorable recurring role on FX’s “The Americans,” Campbell scores a leading man breakout in first-time director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s haunting teen angst drama. He nails the loneliness of a young man not quite sure of his place in the world and anchors the ’90s-set bizarre love triangle. – G.B.
(18) Charlie Heaton, “As You Are”
A Brit actor soon to be seen in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Heaton practically channels a “Running on Empty”-era River Phoenix as the charismatic screw-up wrestling with his budding sexuality. Along with fellow breakout Campbell and “Hunger Games” veteran Amandla Stenberg, “As You Are” delivers three of the strongest teenage performances in recent memory. – G.B.