The following is an opinion:
Everyone knows the Hollywood A-listers, but there are many movie stars today who don’t necessarily get the respect and credit they deserve.
Here are five actresses and actors who immediately come to mind:
1. Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt’s name is recognized, but only if it is mentioned that she was in “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Her role is well known because she played one of the antagonists, Emily Charlton, who also drew sympathy at the same time. She stole the show. Her chameleon-like range of acting should not go unnoticed.
Blunt can play a nasty, cruel character, but she can also be comical, like in “The Five Year Engagement.” Blunt has also been featured in sci-fi roles, as in “The Adjustment Bureau” and “Edge of Tomorrow.”
2. Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana has been in a number of blockbuster films, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avatar” and the rebooted “Star Trek” series. She has also been “typecast as the only woman of color who is allowed to be the significant other of white actors,” according to rantlife.com.
3. Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen has played the role of a mother figure to middle-aged men in classic comedies like “Step Brothers” and “Elf.”
She is not just typecast as the role of “mom,” either. She actually won an Academy Award for her performance in the 1980 film “Melvin and Howard.” She has also started in popular films like “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?,” “Philadelphia” and “The Proposal.”
4. Rachel McAdams
All fans of “Mean Girls” and “The Notebook” know who Rachel McAdams is.
Well known for “The Notebook” and “The Vow,” McAdams is starting to act in more serious roles, as well.
One such role is as journalist Sacha Pfeiffer in the 2016 Academy-Award-winning “Spotlight.” She has also starred in HBO’s popular crime drama series “True Detective.”
McAdams recently appeared in “Southpaw,” a movie filmed partially in Indiana.
5. Amy Adams
Amy Adams arguably broke through with a lead role in Disney’s 2007 live-action film “Enchanted,” but she has quite the overall reputation with five Academy Award nominations – four for Best Supporting Actress and one for Best Actress – for performances in films like “Junebug,” “The Fighter” and “American Hustle.”
She has also played Superman’s love interest, Lois Lane, in “Man of Steel” and the newly released “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
1. Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman famously played Commissioner Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy and Sirius Black in the “Harry Potter” series. However, he did a lot before these movies to prove how great of an actor he is. Films like “State of Grace,” “JFK” and “Book of Eli” prove that, as well as his extensive theater career.
2. Sam Rockwell
Comedy roles are what Sam Rockwell is known for. His role in the films “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Galaxy Quest” show his funny side. However, he can portray serious characters as well.
“Matchstick Men” and “A Single Shot” show that he can stop his humor for a while and put on a dramatic face.
3. Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi is mostly known for his famously large smile and eyes, as well as his awkward teeth. However, he has starred in well-known films like the “The Big Lebowski” and “Fargo.”
Buscemi is also an extremely diverse actor, portraying everything from Adam Sandler’s comedy cohort to corrupt and nefarious politician Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in TV’s “Boardwalk Empire.”
4. Willem Dafoe
Dafoe is famous for bringing to life the Green Goblin in the Tobey Maguire-centric “Spiderman” trilogy. He has also lent his voice to beloved animated movies, such as “Finding Nemo” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” He will reprise his role of Gill in “Finding Dory,” which comes out June 17.
5. J.K. Simmons
Simmons gave valuable life lessons as the father in “Juno.” He also played the role of an abusive jazz instructor in the movie “Whiplash,” which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
On TV, he contributed his voice to shows like “Kim Possible,” “BoJack Horseman” and “Robot Chicken,” and also starred in “Oz” and “The Closer.”