Ben Stiller was the victim of his own reputation during this awards season because his performance as Walter Mitty in the movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and his directing of this movie deserved to be recognized and acknowledged by the judges of the Golden Globe Awards, the SAG Awards and the Academy Awards. Unfortunately, because the judges are so accustomed to him playing outright comedy roles they did not take the opportunity to truly appreciate what might have been his best acting performance to date.
Ben Stiller may be the son of Hollywood legend Jerry Stiller but that is no reason to overlook his recent work and hopefully the Hollywood award judges will take a longer look at his acting work in "While We Were Young" and also his future projects because for his current movie to not be selected as one of the best movies and best acting roles in a comedy is an oversight of epic proportions.
When you are a talented actor who is blessed with the ability to make people laugh without seemingly trying to do so the audience and sometimes even an actor's contemporaries take that talent for granted. However, anyone who has ever watched a bad comedy movie where you can see the actor/actress outwardly trying to make someone laugh and not being able to show the different layers of a character nor understanding that even in a comedy there may time for introspection, sensitivity and the ability to convey a message, those individuals can truly appreciate a superb comedy performance.
A sterling performance was provided by Ben Stiller in the movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and it is even more impressive because he also directed the movie. Hollywood needs to accept the fact that Ben Stiller has grown as an actor/director and not gloss over that fact but instead appreciate it and acknowledge it.
Ben Stiller deserved award consideration for his performance in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". The board members and judges of the three respective acting awards ceremonies all missed out on his performance but let's hope in the future they do not all miss out on the next excellent Ben Stiller performance because there will be more coming their way in the very near future.