10 Actors You Won’t Believe Have Never Been Nominated for an Oscar
With the Oscars now (thankfully) behind us we can look back and criticize other Oscars. While the entire internet is up in arms over Leo DiCaprio having never won, I’m going to make the case that being nominated several times is plenty of honor (last years long overdue recognition of Gary Oldman robbed me of #1 most disrespected).
Yes, winning is better, but at least you’ve been recognized as one of the best. Unlike the unfortunate actors I’m about to cover. The majority of them you probably would assume they’ve won or at least been nominated, however, for some strange reason, despite an impressive performances, star power, and overall body of work, they’ve never gotten the recognition they deserve. Let’s get snubby, shall we?
Steve Buscemi is one of the most recognizable character actors out there right now. He seamlessly hops from big budget flicks to indies, working with the best each has to offer. He’s a regular for Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, Michael Bay, Robert Rodriguez, and Adam Sandler. He’s like the Nic Cage of supporting actors, he can be completely nuts and over the top with his bug eyes appropriately bugging out. But given the opportunity he can also be completely human and heartbreaking. And like Nic he hops between saying yes to a lot of garbage, and showing his chops when called on. Recently, He’s since been recognized by the Emmy’s for his work on Boardwalk Empire.
Roles He Should’ve been Nom’d for:
Fargo is a given, the cooky crime/black comedy from the Coens. Frances McDormand got the recognition, but I don’t think the film would’ve been the same with Buscemi’s unreplicatable brand of strangeness that is so singular to that movie. Resevoir Dogs, the testosterone fueled debut of Tarantino about a bunch of crooks who are sabotaged from within, is another example of a film where he just shines, playing Mr. Pink. Buscemi has a gift in the Rodney Dangerfield area of poor schlob comedy. He just gets beat up and you can’t help but laugh at him. He and William H. Macy pretty much have that character monopolized in Hollywood. And I’m going to throw Ghost World into consideration as well. He went a long way to making a creepy guy into a person, and it’s one of his more favorable roles, where he gets to take his type and flesh it out a bit. He’s really tender and you end up caring for him despite yourself.
Will he ever get a nomination? Possible, but I’m going more likely not. Because he’s a giving actor, he never makes the scene about himself. He works with hip directors rather than prestigious ones, and isn’t choosy about roles. He’ll likely never get a leading actor nomination, but he’s always a threat to pop up in a really strong supporting part. I don’t think his time has passed because his appeal never relied on looks or age, and HBO is really giving him a showcase part, which may lead to a role he wouldn’t have got beforehand. So here’s to hoping.
Jim Carrey may seem like an unlikely choice for this article, but when you compare him to multi-nominee Robin Williams, it seems more necessary he be included. He’s done the same thing Williams has, established a shtick and rode it to success. Then branched out into dramatic roles that show another side of him. While Williams scored with Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, and Good Will Hunting Carrey has been left out in the rain. Now with his star power fading, might it be too late?
Roles He Should’ve Been Nom’d for:
The first has to be Man on the Moon and his spot on portrayal of Andy Kaufman. It played to the strengths of Carrey’s gift for comedy, but also showed his dramatic chops in playing a real person and dealing with problems. Perhaps it was a little too close to home for the academy to take notice (however that didn’t stop them from nominating Jonah Hill twice). The Truman Show was a critical darling and an unlikely hit that became more relevant as time has gone on, it seems downright prophetic looking back with it’s look at reality TV and a man’s whose entire life is a TV show. Carrey is again the center of all attention, and while it allows him to break into his mania at times, Carrey also showed the ability to be heartbreaking by the end. Finally, you have to give Eternal Sunshine a nod as well, in the heartbreaking comedy about a man who has a past love erased from his memory. Playing totally against type as a man hurting, heartbroken. Yes, there is humor, but it’s so much more subtle than what you’d think he was capable of 10 years prior.
Will Carrey ever get the recognition? I’m going to say it’s unlikely unless someone takes an interest in reviving his career like Jim Jarmusch, Wes Anderson, and Sofia Coppola did in Bill Murray. But he seems to be slipping further into paychecks for family films. But the statue loves a good comeback story. He just needs an opportunity.
Posted on March 4, 2014, in Movies and tagged Gary Oldman, Jeff Daniels, Jim Carrey, Kevin Bacon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscars, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Val Kilmer. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.