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10 Actors to Watch in 2009

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 30, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 30, 2009 |

Variety, the print trade publication that, like its cousin, The Hollywood Reporter, is facing imminent extinction because it’s still trying to compete with movie blogs on a magazine budget, has announced its annual 10 Actors to Watch, which is a list of hot up-and-comers, most of whom have had break-out roles this year. You’ll likely recognize most of them. They’re not exactly obscure actors; in fact, most of them — save for Michael Stuhlbarg — are fairly well known already. That said, I don’t disagree with their up-and-coming status — you’ll be seeing a lot of them over the next few years/decades.

Here’s the list:

10. Laz Alonzo (Credits: Fast & Furious, Avatar)


9. Maggie Grace (Credits: Taken, “Lost” )


8. Tom Hardy (Credits: Bronson, Mad Max: Fury Road )


7. Rachelle Lefevre (Credits: Twilight, New Moon)


6. Jeremy Renner (Credits: The Hurt Locker, “The Unusuals”)


5. Nicholas Hoult (Credits: About a Boy, A Single Man, Clash of the Titans)


4. Alia Shawkat (Credits: Whip It, “Arrested Development”)


3.Michael Stuhlbarg (Credits: A Serious Man)


2. Emma Stone (Credits: Superbad, Zombieland)


1. Christoph Waltz (Credits: Inglourious Basterds, The Green Hornet)


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