Missed Oscartunities – Acting


Sometimes the Academy gets it right, sometimes they get it wrong, and sometimes they completely ignore a performance that should have been nominated. Kenzie and Jacob have piled together 50 actors and actresses that have yet to receive an Oscar for acting. They went through and wrote down how many nominations they DO have, how many they SHOULD have, and which ones they feel were a winning performance. Here is their list, and be on the lookout for more list covering different categories as well!

This list is in no particular order.

Ed Harris:

How many nominations does he have: 4

  • Lead: Pollock (2000)
  • Supporting: Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show (1998), The Hours (2003)

How many nominations he should have: 5 

  • Supporting: Snowpiercer (2013)

How many wins should he have?: 1 

  • The Truman Show (1998)

Michelle Williams:

How many nominations does she have: 4

  • Lead: My Week with Marilyn (2011), Blue Valentine (2010)
  • Supporting: Manchester by the Sea (2016), Brokeback Mountain (2005)

How many nominations she should have: 4

How many wins should she have?: 1 

  • Blue Valentine (2010)

Jim Carrey:

How many nominations does he have: 0

How many nominations he should have: 3

  • Lead: The Truman Show (1998), Man on the Moon (1999), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

How many wins should he have?: 1 

  • The Truman Show (1998)

Michael Fassbender:

How many nominations does he have: 2

  • Lead: Steve Jobs (2015)
  • Supporting: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

How many nominations he should have: 3

  • Lead: Shame (2011)

How many wins should he have?: 1 

  • Steve Jobs (2015)

Adam Driver:

How many nominations does he have: 2

  • Lead: Marriage Story (2019)
  • Supporting: BlacKkKlansman (2018)

How many nominations he should have: 3 

  • Lead: Paterson

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Marriage Story (2019)

Annette Bening:

How many nominations does she have: 4

  • Lead: The Kids are All Right (2010), Being Julia (2005), American Beauty (1999)
  • Supporting: The Grifters (1990)

How many nominations she should have: 5

  • Lead: 20th Century Women (2016)

How many wins should she have?: 1 

  • 20th Century Women (2016)

Willem Dafoe:

How many nominations does he have: 4

  • Lead: At Eternity’s Gate (2018)
  • Supporting: Platoon (1986), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), The Florida Project (2017)

How many nominations he should have: 5 

  • Supporting: The Lighthouse (2019)

How many wins should he have?: 1 

  • The Florida Project (2017)

Saoirse Ronan:

How many nominations does she have: 4

  • Lead: Brooklyn (2015), Lady Bird (2017), Little Women (2019)
  • Supporting: Atonement (2007)

How many nominations she should have: 5 

  • Supporting: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

How many wins should she have?: 2 

  • Brooklyn (2015), Lady Bird (2017)

Ryan Gosling:

How many nominations does he have: 2

  • Lead: La La Land (2016), Half Nelson (2006)

How many nominations he should have: 6

  • Lead: First Man (2018), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), The Nice Guys (2016), Blue Valentine (2010)

How many wins should he have?: 1 

  • First Man (2018)

Jennifer Lopez:

How many nominations does she have: 0

How many nominations she should have: 3 

  • Lead: Out of Sight (1998), Selena (1997)
  • Supporting: Hustlers (2019)

How many wins should she have?: 1 

  • Hustlers (2019)

Ralph Fiennes:

How many nominations does he have: 2

  • Lead: The English Patient (1996)
  • Supporting: Schindler’s List (1993)

How many nominations he should have: 4

  • Lead: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  • Supporting: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

How many wins should he have?: 1 

  • Schindler’s List (1993)

Michelle Pfeiffer:

How many nominations does she have: 3

  • Lead: Love Field (1992), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
  • Supporting: Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

How many nominations she should have: 6 

  • Lead: The Age of Innocence (1993), What Lies Beneath (2000)
  • Supporting: White Oleander (2002)

How many wins should she have?: 1 

  • White Oleander (2002)

Michael Stuhlbarg:

How many nominations does he have: 0

How many nominations he should have: 2 

  • Lead: A Serious Man (2009)
  • Supporting: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

How many wins should he have?: 1 

  • Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Jake Gyllenhaal:

How many nominations does he have: 1

  • Supporting: Brokeback Mountain (2006)

How many nominations he should have: 6 

  • Lead:  Nightcrawler (2014), Southpaw (2015), Stronger (2017)
  • Supporting: Prisoners (2013), Nocturnal Animals (2016)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Lead: Nightcrawler (2014)

Bradley Cooper:

How many nominations does he have: 8

  • Lead: Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Sniper (2014), A Star is Born (2018)
  • Supporting: American Hustle (2013)
  • Screenplay: A Star is Born (2018)
  • Best Picture: American Sniper (2014), A Star is Born (2018), Joker (2019)

How many nominations he should have: 8

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Lead: A Star is Born (2018)

Edward Norton:

How many nominations does he have: 3

  • Lead: American History X (1998)
  • Supporting: Birdman (2014), Primal Fear (1996)

How many nominations he should have: 4

  • Lead: Fight Club (1999)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Primal Fear (1996)

Idris Elba:

How many nominations does he have: 0

How many nominations he should have: 2 

  • Lead: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
  • Supporting: Beasts of No Nation (2015)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Tom Cruise:

How many nominations does he have: 3

  • Lead: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • Supporting: Magnolia (1999)

How many nominations he should have: 7

  • Lead: Eyes Wide Shut (1999), A Few Good Men (1992)
  • Supporting: Collateral (2002), Tropic Thunder (2008)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Magnolia (1999) 

John Goodman:

How many nominations does he have: 0

How many nominations he should have: 2 

  • Supporting: Barton Fink (1991), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Bill Murray:

How many nominations does he have: 1

  • Lead: Lost In Translation (2003)

How many nominations he should have: 3 

  • Lead: Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Supporting: Rushmore (1998)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Lead: Lost In Translation (2003)

John Turturro:

How many nominations does he have: 0

How many nominations he should have: 3 

  • Lead: Barton Fink (1991)
  • Supporting: Do the Right Thing (1989), Quiz Show (1994)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Quiz Show (1994)

Michael Keaton:

How many nominations does he have: 1

  • Lead: Birdman (2014)

How many nominations he should have: 3 

  • Lead: The Founder (2016), Spotlight (2015)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Lead: Birdman (2014)

Will Smith:

How many nominations does he have: 2

  • Lead: Ali (2001), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

How many nominations he should have: 3 

  • Lead: Concussion (2015)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Lead: Ali (2001)

Ian McKellen:

How many nominations does he have: 2

  • Lead: Gods and Monsters (1998)
  • Supporting: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

How many nominations he should have: 3 

  • Lead: Richard III (1995)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Gene Wilder:

How many nominations does he have: 2

  • Supporting: The Producers (1969)
  • Screenplay: Young Frankenstein (1974)

How many nominations he should have: 3 

  • Lead: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Lead: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory  (1972)

James Franco:

How many nominations does he have: 1

  • Lead: 127 Hours (2010)

How many nominations he should have: 3

  • Lead: The Disaster Artist (2017)
  • Supporting: Spring Breakers (2012)

How many wins should he have? 2

  • 127 Hours (2010), The Disaster Artist (2017)

Michael Shannon:

How many nominations does he have: 2

  • Supporting: Revolutionary Road (2008), Nocturnal Animals (2016)

How many nominations he should have: 3

  • Supporting: The Shape of Water (2017)

How many wins should he have? 1

  • The Shape of Water (2017)

Steve Carell:

How many nominations does he have: 1

  • Lead: Foxcatcher (2014)

How many nominations he should have: 5

  • Supporting: Little Miss Sunshine (2006), The Big Short (2015), Battle of the Sexes (2017), Beautiful Boy (2018)

How many wins should he have: 1

  • Foxcatcher (2014)

Glenn Close:

How many nominations does she have: 7

  • Lead: The Wife (2019), Albert Nobbs (2012), Dangerous Liaisons (1989), Fatal Attraction (1988)
  • Supporting: The Natural (1985), The Big Chill (1984), The World According to Garp (1983)

How many nominations she should have: 7

How many wins should she have?: 2

  • Dangerous Liaisons (1989), Fatal Attraction (1988)

Kirsten Dunst:

How many nominations does she have: 0

How many nominations she should have: 3

  • Lead: Melancholia (2011), The Virgin Suicides (2000)
  • Supporting: Interview with the Vampire (1994)

How many wins should she have?: 1

  • Melancholia (2011)

Woody Harrelson:

 How many nominations does he have: 3

  • Lead: The People VS Larry Flynt (1996)
  • Supporting: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri (2017), The Messenger (2009)

How many nominations he should have: 4 

  • Lead: Natural Born Killer (1994)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Natural Born Killer (1994)

Sigourney Weaver:

How many nominations does she have: 3

  • Lead: Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Aliens (1986)
  • Supporting: Working Girl (1988)

How many nominations she should have: 3

How many wins should she have?: 1

  • Aliens (1986)

Sylvester Stallone:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 2

  • Lead: Rocky (1976)
  • Supporting: Creed (2015)

How many acting nominations he should have: 2

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Creed (2015)

Angela Bassett:

How many nominations does she have: 1

  • Lead: What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993)

How many nominations she should have: 3

  • Lead: How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
  • Supporting: Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

How many wins should she have?: 1

  • What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993)

Ethan Hawke:

 How many nominations does he have: 4

  • Supporting: Boyhood (2014), Training Day (2001)
  • Screenplay: Before Sunset (2004), Before Midnight (2013)

How many acting nominations he should have: 3

  • Lead: First Reformed (2017)

How many acting wins should he have? 2 

  • Lead: First Reformed (2017)
  • Supporting: Training Day (2001)

Adam Sandler:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 0

How many acting nominations he should have: 3

  • Lead: Uncut Gems (2019), The Meyerowitz Stories (2017), Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Uncut Gems (2019)

Naomi Watts:

How many nominations does she have: 2

  • Lead: The Impossible (2012), 21 Grams (2003)

How many nominations she should have: 3

  • Lead: Mulholland Drive (2001)

How many wins should she have?: 1

  • Mulholland Drive (2001)

Ewan McGregor:

 How many nominations does he have: 0

How many nominations he should have: 3

  • Lead: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2013), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Trainspotting (1996)

How many wins should he have? 1 

  • Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Peter O’Toole:

 How many nominations does he have: 8

  • Lead: Venus (2006), My Favorite Year (1982), The Stunt Man (1980), The Ruling Class (1972), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Lion in Winter (1968), Becket (1964), Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

How many nominations he should have: 8

How many wins should he have? 2 

  • The Lion in Winter (1968), Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Judy Garland:

How many nominations does she have: 2

  • Lead: A Star is Born (1954)
  • Supporting: Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

How many nominations she should have: 5

  • Lead: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), For Me and My Gal (1942), The Wizard of Oz (1939)

How many wins should she have?: 1

  • A Star is Born (1954)

Robert Redford:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 1

  • Lead: The Sting (1973)

How many acting nominations he should have: 4

  • Lead: The Old Man and the Gun (2018), All is Lost (2013), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

How many wins should he have? 1

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Rosamund Pike:

How many nominations does she have: 1

  • Lead: Gone Girl (2014)

How many nominations she should have: 2

  • Lead: A Private War (2018)

How many wins should she have?: 1

  • Gone Girl (2014)

Charlie Chaplin:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 1

  • Lead: The Great Dictator (1940)

How many acting nominations he should have: 4

  • Lead: A King in New York (1957), Limelight (1952), The Circus (1928)

How many wins should he have? 1

  • The Great Dictator (1940)

Debbie Reynolds:

How many acting nominations does she have: 1

  • Lead: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

How many nominations she should have: 3

  • Lead: Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Mother (1996)

How many wins should she have?: 1

  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Gene Kelly:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 1

  • Lead: Anchors Aweigh (1945)

How many acting nominations he should have: 4

  • Lead: Singin’ in the Rain (1952), An American in Paris (1951), For Me and My Gal (1942)

How many wins should he have? 1

  • Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Andy Serkis:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 0

How many acting nominations he should have: 1

  • Lead: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

How many wins should he have? 1

  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Scarlette Johansson:

 How many acting nominations does she have: 2

  • Lead: Marriage Story (2019)
  • Supporting: Jojo Rabbit (2019)

How many acting nominations she should have: 4

  • Lead: Lost in Translation (2003)
  • Supporting: Her (2013)

How many wins should she have? 1

  • Marriage Story (2019)

Shia LaBeouf:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 0

How many nominations he should have:

  • Supporting: Fury (2014), Borg v McEnroe (2018), Honey Boy (2019)
  • Screenplay: Honey Boy (2019)

How many wins should he have? 1

  • Honey Boy (2019)

Robert Downey Jr.:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 2

  • Lead: Chaplin (1992)
  • Supporting: Tropic Thunder (2008)

How many acting nominations he should have: 6

  • Lead: Iron Man (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • Supporting: Zodiac (2007), Avengers: Endgame (2019)

How many wins should he have? 1

  • Tropic Thunder (2008)

Mark Ruffalo:

 How many acting nominations does he have: 3

  • Supporting: The Kids Are All Right (2010), Foxcatcher (2014), Spotlight (2015)

How many acting nominations he should have: 4

  • Supporting: Shutter Island (2010)

How many wins should he have? 1

  • Foxcatcher (2014)

Honorable Mention

Alan Rickman:

Alan Rickman was never given a nomination and deserved a nom for playing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise. His best work was from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

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