Forget about Oscars. Let's ponder what potential Zac Efron has to win other awards ahead since it looks like his first post-"High School Musical" venture — "17 Again" — is destined to rule the box office this weekend. That means Zac Efron will probably be around for a while.
Zac Efron has so far won two Teen Choice Awards and a MTV Movie Award, all for being a breakout star, but he's never received a serious bid for acting. (Oh, cruel world!) Not unless you count the SAG ensemble nomination he got for being part of the "Hairspray" cast (they lost to "No Country for Old Men").
Last year, up at the Toronto Film Festival, Zac got great reviews from critics for his brief, serious role in "Me and Orson Welles," but the flick is still in the can without a release date.
"I'm definitely not the best actor in the world at this point," he tells USA Weekend. "But hopefully, with time and effort and smart decisions, that will change."
In its review of "17 Again," USA Today says, "Efron's acting range is limited, he has a genial charm and decent comic timing."
Observes the New York Times: "Although he can hit all the emotional notes in a scene, there is a level of calculation behind his performance and piercing blue eyes, a protective barrier or just self-consciousness that needs dismantling."
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