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on 18 Jun 2011 11:27

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The Nominations That Never Were!

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1. Jack Hawkins
As Quintus Arrius in Ben-Hur!

Jack Hawkins, to many, is a largely unknown actor but to his fans he is known from The Bridge On The River Kwai, Lawrence Of Arabia, League Of Gentlemen and, of course, Ben-Hur!

Despite being overshadowed by Charlton Heston, Mr. Hawkins dominated every scene he appeared in, especially the whole Galley sequence.

What worries me is that how come he wasn't nominated? Another supporting actor, Hugh Griffith (who plays the charismatic Sheik Illdrim) won the Best Supporting Actor Award which i think was undeserving as Jack Hawkins was 10 times better!

Oh well...
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2. Ray Liotta
As Henry Hill in GoodFellas!

Okay i admit, i'm no big fan of Ray Liotta but his performance in GoodFellas just truly won me over. Scorsese should cast him again in his upcoming movies.

But of course, he was badly overshadowed by Robert De Niro & Joe Pesci, who, after all were already bigger names than Liotta.

Anyhow, Ray Liotta was one of the best male lead!
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3. Harrison Ford
As Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive!

Ah, his best dramatic effort to this date. Forget the wise-cracking Indy Jones & the rebellious Han Solo, Dr. Richard Kimble is the true role of Harrison Ford and he should play more of these 'fugitive' sort roles.

It was a tough-call in 1993 for Best Actor In A Lead Role and i wasn't surprised that many of my fav. male leads weren't nominated.

Harrison Ford should've been nominated... He made sure that a successful TV series is turned into a successful movie adaptation!
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4. George C. Scott
As General Turdigson in Dr. Strangelove!

He may have won the Best Actor In A Leading Role six years later but i still think his performance as the chewing-gum chewing General as his greatest performance ever!

I like Peter Seller but he was, for the first time, overshadowed by George C. Scott, despite that fact that the former was playing 3 different characters!
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5. Bruce Campbell
As Ash Williams in Evil Dead II!

An actor from a B-movie getting nominated is highly unlikely but it could've been done only there were enough votes to go around.

I admit, Bruce's performance in the first film wasn't that great but in the sequel... HE WAS THE GUY!

I mean, how could he have not been nominated? Just look at the scene where he fights with his own hand... That's superb performance right there!
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6. Jake Gyllenhaal
As Harold 'Hal' Dobbs in Proof!

Okay, okay, okay i know, he is relatively new with only 2-3 recognizable movies but i think that Proof was his best movie, performance-wise!

What do you think?
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7. Alicia Silverstone
As Cher Horowitz in Clueless!

The thing i like about actresses playing high-school characters is that they play it convincingly and realistically... Not over-exaggerated or any of that!

Alicia's performance was totally ignored that year and i believe it should've been nominated!

If i were in the Board (or whatever) i would've had nominated her!
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8. Guy Pearce
As Leonard Shelby in Memento!

Memento is one of those milestone films and his performance is one of those cornerstone of acting skills.

Christopher Nolan & Guy Pearce delivered both with this fine crafted movie and bought us one of the best talents we have around but sadly.... Did not get nominated!
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9. Jeff Goldblum
As Seth Brundle in The Fly!

I've always been a fan of Jeff Goldblum as far as i can remember and The Fly stands out as his excellent effort - performance-wise - to this day.

Despite being a remake, both David Cronenberg & Jeff Goldblum made it look it as if it wasn't!

... And Roger Ebert was right: People simply didn't vote much for him!
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10. Hugh Jackman
As Thomas in The Fountain!

Finally, a Hugh Jackman movie without the claws and the growl... His dramatic - slighty disturbed - performance as Thomas, who is living for centuries, truly captured me and became my no. 1 actor for that moment!

A very classic performance that only few can deliver!
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Average listal rating (400 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
11. Emile Hirsch
As Christopher McCandless / Alex Supertramp in Into The Wild!

Emile is another newbie with few recognizable movies but he literally slapped everyone in the face with his flawless performances in this Sean Penn directed movie!

A great achievement i must say!
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12. Tom Hanks
As Michael 'Mike' Sullivan in Road To Perdition!

Okay, okay Tom Hanks may have won The Best Actor 2 times but he should've been nominated for this one also.

His gripping, gritty and dramatic performance outranks his own Apollo 13 performance by miles!
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13. Jim Carrey
As Truman Burbank in The Truman Show!

Anyone who doesn't like Jim Carrey is not in the right state of mind. He is one of the few great actors who hasn't been nominated for a single award bar the MTV Awards and such!

It was a first-class performance and really stands out as his brilliant effort that put many other actors to shame!
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14. Ted Levine
As Jame Gumb in Silence Of The Lambs!

Not a big fan but i liked his performance. I had read the novel before watching the movie and Ted Levine portrayed Jame Gumb exactly the way it had to!

Sorry for saying this but both Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins kinda glamorized their roles while Mr. Levine played it right out of the book!

He stole the movie and deserved to be nominated!
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15. Kevin Costner
As Eliot Ness in The Untouchables!

I love actors / actresses who play real-life people. And Mr. Costner is no exception.

A very, very underrated performance... Even though it was a little far-cut than the original TV series!
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Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Jun 19 14:45
Great list!
so true :S
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Jul 29 14:52
Posted: 4 years ago at Aug 26 12:13
LOL I guess by now you already know how I feel about the Oscars and the "mistakes" they often make. This list is incomplete btw. Don't forget the non-American actors who give great performances in great non-American movies. For the most part, they are often overlooked just because they don't speak the right language (let's face it, there is only a slew non-English speaking acting performance who got nominated at Oscars). If you can include them as well and expand this list a bit further, damn I don't think this whole page would fit LOL.
Posted: 4 years ago at Aug 26 12:28
My God, too many to list... Here are some of them:
(Sorry, I just don't feel like typing too long right now).

The links above are only suggestions for American actors and/or English-speaking performance only and don't include foreign actors in foreign language films which I'm sure can also make a "mistake" list of its own...
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Sep 15 12:46
great list

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