And none for Gretchen Wieners
When it comes to winning one of the coveted Academy Awards there seems to be an elite band of brothers who despite being amongst the best Hollywood has to offer consistently miss the mark when it comes to clutching an Oscar.
Actors who have missed out so far:
Leonardo Di Caprio
It was only when I saw his first Oscar nod, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in my late teens that I thought Leo was more than a pretty boy who got his foot in the door. Arnie Grape is one of my very favourite Di Caprio performances, alongside Frank Abagnale Jr (Catch me if you can), Dom Cobb (Inception) and Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby). These days anything with him in is a winner in my book, he finds himself nominated again this time for Wolf of Wall Street, sadly though in my opinion there isn’t much hope when he is going against Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 years a Slave. We shall see soon enough, Huh Gilbert.
When I was researching for this blog I was stunned that Johnny has never managed to scoop an Oscar, his latest nomination was for the lead role in Sweeney Todd (which I loved!), before that Finding Neverland and Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp is easily up there with Leo in the most defining actors out there, So why no Oscar I hear you cry? I suppose the only reason I can come up with is that for the past however many years the winning films have either been historical biopics or dark and moody ‘man films’ which are genres neither of the above actors have had a great deal to do with in recent years.
Others who have missed out: Ralph Fiennes, Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr, Edward Norton, Samuel L Jackson and Brad Pitt.
Can I just start this by asking did any of you see The Help? If you did then naturally you will agree with me that it was a travesty she didn’t win in 2011, but hey. Know who did win? Meryl Streep as The Iron Lady – Another biopic! I see a pattern emerging. In the past couple of years Viola has crept from the shadows (Eat Prey Love, Doubt and Law Abiding Citizen) into lead roles in a way that makes you feel she was always meant to be there.
How Glenn Close is yet to clinch an Oscar is beyond me, did people not see her as Cruella De Ville?! On a serious note she has been nominated a grand total of seven times only to be pipped to the post on every occasion. Glenn is an actress we just assume everyone knows is great, for me she falls in line with Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Julia Roberts. Just no award as yet and as time goes on the chances seem to become slimmer. She was nominated last year for Albert Nobbs but has also missed out with Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons. We still love you Glenn!
Other Actresses who have never won: Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, Marilyn Monroe, Annette Benning.
Despite having made arguably some of the best films in the last twenty years, Ridley Scott is yet to be recognised for his work by the Academy. Northern hero Ridley had huge success with Gladiator which in total won five Academy Awards, but not best director. Instead the lesser known Traffic – director Steven Soderbergh scooped the prize. Thelma and Louise and Black Hawk Down also failed to win him the award. Whether down to good writing, acting or directing there are more people out there that could quote you the following than any line from traffic:
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies of the North. General of the Felix Legions. Loyal servant to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife – and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
Only nominated twice, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie it seems Tim Burton films, no matter how popular aren’t making it onto the list at the Academy. It’s not often that Tim will bring out a film that is a total flop, usually quite the opposite, as one of the biggest modern directors out there is it right that he is constantly snubbed when it comes to listing the top films? In a word, no.
I think the above only serves to prove that no matter how widely loved an actor, actress or director may be this doesn’t always translate when it comes to Americas biggest awards ceremony. Certainly I believe if it was me and my friends voting we would choose different winners to the ones who have collected the awards over the past few years. In reality though, to us as viewers these awards don’t matter. When I hear that again Leonardo Di Caprio has missed out on the award again this year it won’t make me hesitate before seeing his next film.
So there we have it, a list of the biggest losers in film… No we’re kidding! The above is a list of people I believe to be true greats that just happen to have missed out, be it through snobbery from the Academy or just poor luck that in the year they had a big nomination the competition was high.
Are you looking forward to the Oscars this year? Who do you think will walk away with the prize?!