Never Nominated For An Oscar...

Categories: Oscars

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There are actors (like Peter O'Toole and Glenn Close) who've gotten nominated a whole lot of times and never won. Yet.

But how about the ones who've never even been nominated? In the case of the dead ones, I'm pretty sure they never will be! Now that's gotta hurt.

Here are some of the top omissions in Oscar's history thus far, IMHO:


Marilyn Monroe

Shirley Temple (She got a special Juvenile Award, but that's it)

Mia Farrow

Donald Sutherland

The Carradines, the Marx brothers, Joan and Constance Bennett

Vincent Price

Coral Browne

Oliver Reed

Malcolm McDowell

Kirsten Dunst

Tobey Maguire

Scarlett Johansson

Fred MacMurray

Edward G. Robinson

Alan Ladd

Joel McCrea

Donald O'Connor

Myrna Loy

Jerry Lewis

Isabelle Huppert

Maureen O'Hara

Antonio Banderas

Kim Novak

Richard Gere

Ewan McGregor

Pam Grier

Emma Stone

Jim Carrey

Roddy McDowall

Tallulah Bankhead

Rita Hayworth

Richard Pryor

Shelley Duvall

Jeff Goldblum

W.C. Fields

Mae West

Bela Lugosi

Boris Karloff

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Hugh Grant

Claire Danes

Steve Martin

Dennis Quaid

Butterfly McQueen

Buster Keaton (only got an Honorary Award in 1960)

Danny Kaye (only special honors)

Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Margaret O'Brien, Red Skelton

Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Ruby Keeler, Carmen Miranda, Van Johnson

Daniel Craig

Paul Rudd

Guy Pearce

Ray Liotta

Emily Blunt

Peter Lorre

Billy Crystal

Divine

Edith Massey


Anyone else? And don't say Jackie Chan or Jim Varney.


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30 comments
gedeon.bill
gedeon.bill

Karloff, should have won for "Frankenstein" & "The Body Snatcher"..

gedeon.bill
gedeon.bill

Karloff, should have won for "Frankenstein" & "The Body Snatcher"..

cinephique
cinephique

Thanks for this list and something to mull over.  Now how about mentioning which performances you think these actors should have been nominated for?  

Some I wholeheartedly agree with, such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who not only should have been nominated for "Mysterious Skin" and "50/50," but who has also consistently delivered superb performances across a versatile body of work of overall high calibre.  Add to that the fact he's been winning acclaim since he was 10 or 11 (he was even a wonderful child actor), and you could make the case he's due.

On the other hand, you have me scratching my head at those such as Antonio Banderas, whose filmography is largely mediocre, who's never been an especially strong actor, and whose best performances are perhaps in "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" "Evita," and "The Mask of Zorro," none of which were good movies. (And doesn't a performance have to be in a good movie to score an Oscar nom?) So was he great in "The Skin I Live In?"  Or something else?

Also puzzled at the inclusion of Scarlett Johansson, who was good (not Oscar-worthy) in "Lost in Translation" but horrid in "The Prestige."  Truly good actors don't deliver performances as absurd and one-dimensional as that, ever.  What might change my mind--"Ghost World?" "Girl with a Pearl Earring?"

Also, 70+ people is quite a list of top omissions.

Challenge: How about your top 25 omissions, among actors actively working today, along with the Oscar-worthy performances?  I'd be interested to see it.  


faghag
faghag

"You're nothing but ta-rash!!". Edith as Queen Carlotta, surely an award winning role!

bethesda
bethesda

She never even got a Golden Globe nomination. Don't you people even check your info before posting a dissenting comment or do you just like to hear your own flatulence in public?

bethesda
bethesda

Um, she was not., Maureen O'Hara was never nominated!!!

meatman3247
meatman3247

Sorry Michael, but Maureen O'Hara was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Only The Lonely, where she played the late John Candy's mother.

Frank Gentile
Frank Gentile

I can't believe the same old clones are repeating the same old untrue information. Morons.

Ted Jackins
Ted Jackins

That's because she sucked at acting.

Mike Olavarria
Mike Olavarria

Marilyn got something better: She's remembered & loved.

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

Thanks for this amazing list, Michael. Can't believe that Ewan McGregor, Guy Pearce, Donald Sutherland, Isabelle Huppert, Divine and so many others from that list were never/have never been nominated.

ladybug9
ladybug9

John Hawkes was nominated for Winter's Bone so that doesn't apply here at all. This is a list of people who've never been nominated. Got it?

henderso
henderso

I would add John Hawkes in "The Sessions."

jackson30
jackson30

I take that back. You asked for extra ones at the end.

ladybug9
ladybug9

Musto, the drive-by morons are here., The ones you wrote about n your column this week. They can't comment on any of the hundreds of people you mentioned, they can just try to show off by adding one more.

ladybug9
ladybug9

Greta and Cary were both nominated, several times.

psb1969
psb1969

Jennifer Jason Leigh

kimdvs56
kimdvs56

Greta Garbo and Cary Grant. baa baa baa

ladybug9
ladybug9

Scarlett should have been nominated for Lost in Translation.

And Jim Carrey was good in Truman Show and great in Man in the Moon, but the latter was a box office failure or he would have been nominated.

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery

Scarlett Johansson...Rightly so!!!  She's only "selling" the Lolita effect...not that she "qualifies".

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery

I know it seems that I'm picking on Scarlett, but there's bunches on this list who only have "sex" to sell...although that worked in iconic roles they played....but "Oscar-worthy?"  Nuh-uh.


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