10 great actors who've never been nominated

10 great actors who've never been nominated

10 great actors who've never been nominated

Richard Gere

(1949– )

An old-school movie star and, to say the least, not the world’s most consistent actor, Gere has still been unlucky not to enjoy even one Oscar moment (where the likes of George Clooney have had a fistful). He’s not been far off lately with The Hoax and Arbitrage — it’ll come, maybe, when he finds his Wall Street.

Most robbed for: Actor, 1990 — Top Gere is his shadiest performance, as the vicious cop in Mike Figgis’s Internal Affairs.

John Cusack (1966– )

Many of his films (The Grifters, Bullets over Broadway, Being John Malkovich) have been rather big hits with the Academy, but Cusack’s neurotic protagonists never quite charge to the front.

Most robbed for: Supporting Actor, 1998 – There’s almost too much great ensemble work in The Thin Red Line for any one player to stand out, but Cusack’s Capt. Gaff is fatigued, watchful and invaluable.

Jim Carrey (1962– )

We needn’t pretend all of Carrey’s comic roles are nomination-worthy and he’s made a lot of dross amid the jewels. When he really digs deep, though, it’s surprising what emotional resources he finds to depict Everymen in sorry crisis, discovering the limits of what they’ve been handed.

Most robbed for: Actor, 2004 — There were other near-misses, but Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is Carrey’s most intimate and profound role.

Hugh Grant (1960– )

Hugh Grant is amazing at what he does, and basically terrible, as he’d be the first to admit, at being asked to do anything else. His whole career hinges on seeming to make a pig’s ear of being a romantic lead, and making that hilarious, which he does with a natural skill and timing without appreciating quite enough.

Most robbed for: Actor, 1994 — Four Weddings and a Funeral is clearly the movie Grant was born to own.

Emily Blunt (1983– )

In the mix this year for her tough, thwarted turn in Sicario, Blunt has managed four Golden Globe nominations in movies without getting on the Academy’s shortlist once. She’s becoming one of the most respected actresses of her generation.

Most robbed for: Supporting Actress, 2006 — Her pitch-perfect comic support in The Devil Wears Prada should have catapulted her into the nominees’ club.

Isabella Rossellini (1952– )

Her mother Ingrid Bergman won three of the damn things, and while few would argue that Rossellini is anything like such a major star, she’s given mesmerising performances. Let’s hope for a juicy supporting turn in something wonderful to get her in the club.

Most robbed for: Actress, 1986 — As bewitching Dorothy Vallens in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Rossellini just scared everyone too much to vote for her.

Alan Rickman (1946–2016)

It’s hard to think of anyone who played villains more lovably than Rickman — they’re often secretly the hero. He was also a marvellously grumpy romantic lead when required and the sort of British pro whom Oscar voters would get on their hands and knees to reward.

Most robbed for: Supporting Actor, 1988 — They say an action film’s only as good as its baddie. Thanks to Hans Gruber, this means Die Hard is way up there among the best of all time.

Meg Ryan (1961– )

Ryan’s in the Carrey/Grant category of someone whose ticks can grate in her lesser vehicles, but when she’s on, she’s really on — star wattage, comic timing, and nutso charm like no one else’s. Her CV’s missing one hand-slap-to-forehead non-nomination that would make up for everything.

Most robbed for: Actress, 1989 — Really, if they weren’t going to nominate her for When Harry Met Sally..., it was never going to happen.

Donald Sutherland (1935– )

Some blame the Canadian curse, for what other reason could there be? He has that instantly recognisable baritone, maybe the most treasurable voice in the movies this side of James Mason, and such a rich gallery of parts from the eccentrically endearing to the downright terrifying.

Most robbed for: Supporting Actor, 1991 — Sutherland’s incredible off-the-record monologue in Oliver Stone’s JFK, which cracks the movie open.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-62)

Maybe it was considered enough that she was the pin-up to end all pin-ups, and a wildly successful star for 10 years. But any one of a half-dozen performances should have earned Monroe’s inclusion, if only as a polite nod of appreciation.

Most robbed for: Actress, 1959 — Only Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot’s lead trio got mentioned, but Monroe is 50 times funnier in it than nominee Doris Day in Pillow Talk.

The Telegraph

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