I was reading this article about how Johnny Depp might finally get his first Oscar nod this year (for either Once Upon a Time in Mexico or Pirates of the Caribbean), and it got me to thinking about some of the other fine actors who have gotten not so much as a nomination from the Academy.
Depp, for one, is a fine example of someone who's done excellent work his entire career and yet never really had that one *Oscar* type role.
I think in terms of pure talent, however, I've got to go with Gary Oldman. Would someone please cast this man in something good??
"When this bogus term alternative rock was being thrown at every '70s retro rehash folk group, we were challenging people to new sonic ideas. If some little snotty anarchist with an Apple Mac and an attitude thinks he invented dance music and the big rock group is coming into his territory, [that's] ridiculous." - Bono, 1997
Eugene Levy..by a landslide, he carried Bringing Down the House (him and Queen were some of the funniest interactions I have seen in years), he puts on a great show as Jim's dad in the AP series (I truly feel w/o him in those movies, they wouldn't be the same) and he is always great in whatever new Christopher Guest movie comes out (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, etc.)
This guy is like the quissential clutch pinch hitter!
I enthusiastically second the Phil Hoffman love...He's played a great variety of characters (from the Big Lebowski, to Boogie Nights, to Almost Famous)...The independent film, Love Liza, that he starred in was a great flick as well. He's still young though...his time will come.
Jim Carrey is quite honestly the best actor without an Oscar nomination. Let's review: -Great Performances: Truman Show, Man On the Moon & The Majestic (although we all knew he wouldn't win anything for the Majestic). -Major Awards: 2 Golden Globes in 5 nominations (won for Truman Show & Man on the Moon, nominated but didn't win for The Grinch, The Mask & Liar Liar). His Globe for the Truman Show was Best Actor-Drama, and he was the only winner ever NOT to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
Also, Tobey Maguire: -Great Performances: The Ice Storm, Pleasantville, Cider House Rules, Wonder Boys, Spider-Man & Seabiscuit -Major Awards: None.
Your winner and 3-time Stanley Cup Champion...the New Jersey Devils! Their title defense begins in 4 months!
Bitchfactor beat me to it, but Roth was nominated.
Walken has been nominated TWICE for Best Supporting Actor....just last year for Catch Me If You Can, and he won for Deer Hunter back in 1977.
Sam Jackson was nominated for supporting actor in 1994 while Travolta was somehow nominated for best lead. Pretty weak.
And to extend this thing to actresses, Parker Posey.
(edited by Big Bad on 9.9.03 1738) "When this bogus term alternative rock was being thrown at every '70s retro rehash folk group, we were challenging people to new sonic ideas. If some little snotty anarchist with an Apple Mac and an attitude thinks he invented dance music and the big rock group is coming into his territory, [that's] ridiculous." - Bono, 1997
I'll have to go with Billy Crystal. The poor guy is sitting dead last in the Comic Relief Oscar Challenge. Robin may have gotten shafted out of some sort of Oscar Nom last year (Insomnia, One Hour Photo) but at least he has three others and a win to fall on. Plus, Whoopi can just sit on her Ghost performance for the rest of her life and keep on making her "Eddie" and "Theodore Rex" and "Bogus" (Wait...Bogus was good. Scratch that.) ANYWAY, look at what Billy has done with nothing to show for it.
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY - The template that all romantic comedys have been bulit on for the last fifteen years. Plus, it's not like the Academy doesn't reward a funny movie. I mean, Training Day was HYSTERICAL! Maybe Billy and Meg Ryan should've SANG all their parts, and then cover about fifty songs. Worked for Moulin Rouge.
CITY SLICKERS - Don't kid yourself. This movie was so good that the Academy HAD to nominate it for something. They didn't want to, because it was basically an uplifting movie about a man who overcomes his midlife crises with wild and wacky adventures in the midwest. We don't want these movies to get TOO happy now. Since the movie actually turned out to be so good, it got the obligatory ONE nomination. I guess they figured that Jack Palance isn't probably going to like the next thirty years it would take for him to have another hit, give it to him. Not that the writers deserved any credit. Or Billy. Forget the fact that he made a movie with a Daniel Stern credit a good movie, which is the movie equal of carrying Big Show to a ***** match.
Also see: Mr Saturday Night, Monsters Inc, and...oh yeah...the fact that he's been a good enough sport to host the show a BILLION times.
Runner-up: Sir Christopher Lee (What? You mean he existed before 2001? NO!)
Originally posted by Jeb Tennyson LundIt was a crime to not nominate Shatner for 1966's Incubus, the only film written entirely in Esperanto. The weird thing is that they've started showing it on the Sci-Fi channel
They're also showing Shatner's Direct To Video "goodie" Groom Lake (which I sat through because Amy Acker is on Angel, so I wanted to see it), so I'm guessing he sold his entire video library to them wholesale. Or else they're just buying up all the Shatner they can get their hands on.
Bruce Campbell deserves a SOMETHING...but I don't know if Oscar is quite it.
Or else I'll throw my hat in for Sam Jackson, who no matter how terrible the movie, always seems to try his best at getting into the spirit of the character.
Wisconsin Badgers: 2-0 (Uh...Akron? Defense, don't allow that many points ever again. Now if Lee Evans could score from the one every week, that'd be great)
Minnesota Vikings: 1-0 (Had me scared there at the end, but the defense was mega-solid, and the offense looked good. Dare I hope for a good year?)
"Based on the title of the thread, I was going to come in here and say "Johnny Depp"."
Exact same here. I can totally see him picking up Best Supporting for Pirates next year; they can play with the rules enough to squeeze him into the category.
Also for your consideration: Jeff Goldblum. He deserves at least some kind of supporting love. And although he's been nominated a few times, it'll be a CRIME if Jeff Bridges goes to his grave not owning a statuette. Oooh ooh! John Goodman. Okay, I'll stop now.
"Bruce Campbell deserves a SOMETHING...but I don't know if Oscar is quite it."
Maybe he should host it....naaaah.
And Lo, The Urine Shall Flow Freely In The Aisles, As Small Children And Frail Old Ladies Flee Before The Brutality, The Might, The Sheer Viciousness...Of ~EVIL COACH~!
When the trailer started for Matrix (before my 7pm showing of Star Wars Dos), the unwashed masses cheered. When the last visual pops up that it will come out in 2003, there was an audible groan for the audience.