Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snubbed! 5 Actors Who Should Have Oscars

The Academy Awards always seem to hit a nerve with a movie lover. Either they don't give an actor recognition for perhaps their best work or they don't give them any recognition at all. Either way, their decisions manage to piss a few people off. There are actors who were nominated many times but winning that golden statuette seemed to elude them (ie, Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton). This list will focus on some of the more glaring examples (I'm limiting it to actors still working).

The Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
He is honestly one of the best actors working today. So how is it he doesn't have an Oscar to call his own?
Nominated for: What Eating Gilbert Grape (lost to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive), The Aviator (lost to Jamie Foxx in Ray), Blood Diamond (lost to Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland)
Should have won for: The Aviator. His portrayal of Howard Hughes is one that'll stick in your mind long after you see it. His descent into madness is haunting as well as stunning.
Neglected by AMPAS: Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Revolutionary Road

The Actor: Ralph Fiennes
I've mentioned several times before that I admire Fiennes' work, so of course it offends me that he hasn't been fully recognized for it.
Nominated for: Schindler's List (lost to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive), The English Patient (lost to Geoffrey Rush in Shine)
Should have won for: Schindler's List. His loss that year is considered one of AMPAS' biggest mistakes. He commands the film when he's on screen. He also scares the hell out of everyone with his twisted and sadistic portrayal of Amon Goeth.
Neglected by AMPAS: Quiz Show

The Actor: Julianne Moore
One of the best actresses working today and what does she have to show for it? Nothing.
Nominated for: Boogie Nights (lost to Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential), The End of the Affair (lost to Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry), Far from Heaven (lost to Nicole Kidman in The Hours), The Hours (lost to Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago)
Should have won for: The Hours. I know some of you might say Far from Heaven, but bear in mind I haven't seen it yet. Her work in The Hours is delicate and gentle yet strong and powerful. Although Nicole Kidman won for her performance, it's Moore who gave the best one.
Neglected by AMPAS: Magnolia, A Single Man

The Actor: Edward Norton
Although he has two Oscar nominations, I still consider Norton an underrated actor. He knows how to grab one's attention with his acting.
Nominated for: Primal Fear (lost to Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire), American History X (lost to Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful)
Should have won for: Primal Fear. This was Norton's debut as an actor and it showed that he's here to stay. He appears normal, but soon you realize that he has a dark side. It's a horrifying and in-depth performance, not common for a film debut.
Neglected by AMPAS: 25th Hour

The Actor: Ed Harris
A prolific character actor, yes, but also a very good actor. He shows range in roles that most actors can only dream of.
Nominated for: Apollo 13 (lost to Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects), The Truman Show (lost to James Coburn in Affliction), Pollock (lost to Russell Crowe in Gladiator), The Hours (lost to Chris Cooper in Adaptation)
Should have won for: The Hours. Along with his equally unsuccessful co-star Julianne Moore, Harris gave the best performance in The Hours (forget Nicole). He's only in the movie for two scenes, but he left a hell of an impact.
Neglected by AMPAS: A Beautiful Mind

Other snubbies: Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr.

So there are mine. Who are some actors you would include?


  1. Great post! Totally with you on Harris and The Hours. I also echo the "forget Nicole" sentiment, even though I love her in general.

    Obviously agree about RDJ. I'm thinking and partially hoping that DiCaprio gets his this year for either Inception or Shutter Island.

  2. Good list, I wholeheartedly agree with 3 out of 5... Fiennes, Norton and Harris are all way overdue, but at least they've all been nominated! Christian Bale on the other hand has never gotten a nod... that is mind boggling to me. I hope that'll change with The Fighter.

  3. Annette Bening, Clive Owen (totally snubbed for Children of Men) and PETER O'TOOLE.

  4. I agree with 3 out of 5. I think Moore should've won for Far From Heaven. Dicaprio worthy for Gilbert Grape but would give it to Fiennes.

  5. Gary Oldman! His whole career is basically a pick 'em of roles he should have a statue for. The other one that springs immediately to mind is Edward Norton, good to see him listed.

  6. Wow you are so right about Julianne Moore

  7. Agree with Ed Harris, one of the underrated actors of the past 30 years. Dude is simply a joy to watch every time he appears in a movie.

    Finally, where is Christian Bale?

  8. I agree with the Leonardo DiCaprio part. He should have an Oscar by now! For Pete's sake!

  9. I love such stuff! Now you can do another post on this kind of injustice about actors that are not working now. I think it's still interesting.

    I absolutely agree with you about DiCaprio and Julianne Moore. I simply can't understand why they are so much ignored!

  10. I agree with Di Caprio, Moore, Norton and Fiennes. I also think it's about time Johnny Depp, Paul Giamatti, Gary Oldman and Stanley Tucci win Oscars.

  11. Julianne Moore! I cannot think of a more deserving actress...

  12. definitely agree with this list. especialy Julianne Moore and DiCaprio. oh, and Ed Harris!

  13. Like this list alot although I completely disagree with your sentiments on Nicole Kidman. She deserved that Oscar. Julianne Moore has had much better performances than The Hours. She should've been nominated and won for Magnolia.


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