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Lizzy Caplan in 'Save The Date' (2012)

Caplan bridged the gap between the comedy work she made her name with (“Mean Girls,” “Party Down”), and her more serious, and now Emmy-nominated, turn in Showtime's “Masters Of Sex,” with a lovely performance in this somewhat underrated indie rom-com. Playing a young artist who breaks up with her boyfriend (Geoffrey Arend) when he proposes to her, only to fall into a rebound relationship with marine biologist Mark Webber, Caplan is totally unafraid to appear unsympathetic, even selfish. And yet she’s able to make her character vulnerable and empathetic underneath the steeliness: her sense of twentysomething confusion is palpable. It’s an unusually complex performance for the genre, and maybe serves as the archetypal Caplan performance to date.

Emmys 2014: 20 Great Film Performances by This Year's Acting Nominees

Yahoo MoviesAugust 20, 2014

This year’s Emmy awards take place next Monday, August 25th, and to look over the list of nominated actors, one might easily confuse it with the Oscars. Nearly every performer up for a statuette has also done great work on the big screen — and all seem happy to work in both worlds. To mark the upcoming awards show, we’ve picked our favorite film performances by 20 of this year’s Emmy nominees. Take a look...