With the Oscars this Sunday, we’ve been hearing about who’s been snubbed and whether the ‘Academy’ knows best, or not.
Let’s take a look back at the actors and directors who have shockingly never won a statue of their own.
(Warning: Some of these videos contain strong language.)
Samuel L. Jackson
He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Pulp Fiction. He seriously got robbed for Jackie Brown, Against the Wall and Django Unchained. And (hello, this year?) where is his nomination for The Hateful Eight?
The Fight Club actor has been nominated for 3 Oscars for Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman. He is deserving of awards for all of them really. Plus, how wasn’t he nominated for Fight Club? Not over it.
The director was only nominated twice for Best Animated Feature for Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride. He’s also gone unrecognized for Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and Planet of the Apes to name only some of his impressive credits. Come on guys.
He was nominated 3 times, once more than his friend Tim Burton. For Sweeney Todd, Finding Neverland, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He’s also known for Edward Scissorhands, Black Mass, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Platoon and Sleepy Hollow. And let me say, he really should have won something for Benny and Joon and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Your time will come Johnny. Hopefully.
I mean…Silver Linings Playbook. That’s really all you need to watch to know he should have an Oscar on his mantle right now. He was nominated for American Hustle, SLP, and American Sniper. He was also great in Limitless, and of course broke big in The Hangover trilogy. People who go to Vegas can still be good actors Academy! (ask Johnny)
She was nominated five times, for American Hustle, The Master, Doubt, Junebug and The Fighter. Also, she WON a Golden Globe for Big Eyes and wasn’t even nominated for it at the Oscars. Maybe they remember her being in Leap Year and lost a little respect? Still, not cool.
While he HAS won for Best Picture as part of 12 Years a Slave. But he has never won Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor despite nominations for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moneyball and Twelve Monkeys. He also had great performances in Inglorious Basterds, Snatch and yes, Fight Club.
The recent death of beloved actor Alan Rickman causes us to take another look at his impressive body of work. Known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise, Love Actually, Die Hard, Dogma and Truly, Madly, Deeply, Alan developed fans across the world. He should have been recognized by the Academy for (his Golden Globe winning) role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny and even in his layered performance as Severus Snape over many years. His last role will be in the yet unreleased Alice Through the Looking Glass as the voice of Absolem.
He’s been nominated for five Best Actor/Supporting Actor Awards by the Academy, but has yet to win. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond, The Wolf of Wall Street, and now The Revenant have all earned him nods. He’s also been in huge films such as Titanic, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can, The Great Gatsby, and Django Unchained. But good news, he basically has it in the bag this year. About time.
And other actors who should have won by now? Matt Damon, Glenn Close, Emily Blunt, Steve Buscemi, Jeff Daniels, and James Dean. More incredible filmmakers who have never won an Oscar? Stanley Kubrick, Jane Campion, Alfred Hitchcock, Darrren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, David Fincher. (They apparently hate anyone named David)
Tune in to the 88th Academy Awards this Sunday to see more winners and losers. After controversy surrounding the Academy’s omissions this year, look for changes in coming years to their membership.
Hopefully Samuel L. Jackson will finally get a statue in the future, and directors named David will at last get their golden moments.