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Feb. 22, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

10 Awesome People Who Have Never Won An Oscar

This list is about the good people who have carved out their hearts, melted them down, and poured a little bit of what remained into each film they were a part of without any official recognition from an organization that is, in theory, meant to both acknowledge and reward excellence in the field of filmmaking. We fans show our love as best we can, but... sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded. My only criteria for this list was that a person must 1) have been nominated for an Oscar at least once and 2) be above the age of 35, as that implies they've been working for a fair while now. And with that caveat, here we go.
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5:27PM on 02/22/2012
Great list and terrific commentary. It's a shame that people are AMAZING entertainers time and time again but are never given the gold.
Great list and terrific commentary. It's a shame that people are AMAZING entertainers time and time again but are never given the gold.
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2:20PM on 02/22/2012
This list just proves what a joke the Oscars really are.
This list just proves what a joke the Oscars really are.
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12:25PM on 02/22/2012
Sorry, but no Oldman isn't winning the oscar this year - he was lucky to be nominated after being snubbed by the BFCA, Golden Globes, and SAG. The only names you hear on Sunday will either be Clooney or Dejardin. As much as I wish Oldman would win (or Pitt), it's not happening.

And Christopher Nolan was also nominated twice for Inception (Screenplay, and Best Picture). So he's got 3 Oscar noms to his name, not just 1.
Sorry, but no Oldman isn't winning the oscar this year - he was lucky to be nominated after being snubbed by the BFCA, Golden Globes, and SAG. The only names you hear on Sunday will either be Clooney or Dejardin. As much as I wish Oldman would win (or Pitt), it's not happening.

And Christopher Nolan was also nominated twice for Inception (Screenplay, and Best Picture). So he's got 3 Oscar noms to his name, not just 1.
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12:22PM on 02/22/2012
I will admit it seems odd to include two directors who are deceased, and not count dead actors who shamefully never took home the gold statuette. But I think it is a pretty good list right here. Chris Nolan deserves his spot because it wouldn't surprise me if he never wins. What this list seems to signify are individuals who continue to turn in award-worthy work and yet are shunned come awards-time, even if they got nominated. I would've counted John C.Reilly in there, as few actors can pull
I will admit it seems odd to include two directors who are deceased, and not count dead actors who shamefully never took home the gold statuette. But I think it is a pretty good list right here. Chris Nolan deserves his spot because it wouldn't surprise me if he never wins. What this list seems to signify are individuals who continue to turn in award-worthy work and yet are shunned come awards-time, even if they got nominated. I would've counted John C.Reilly in there, as few actors can pull off that balance between comedy and drama so effortlessly. He deserved it for "Chicago" more than Catherine Zeta-Jones did. I happen to believe David Fincher WILL win someday, so his omition in favor of the likes of Hitchcock and Kubrick is understandable.
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11:44AM on 02/22/2012

Grumpy Old Academy

I'm still shocked that Leonardo Dicaprio has still not won an oscar yet because he is amazing in all of his films and really should of won for The Aviator and he got snubbed this year? I just don't get it but like an recent artical said the voters for the academy are old, white men. I have a gut feeling that it will change for Liam Neeson because he was amazing in The Grey and could win at next oscars if he even gets nominated which he better.
I'm still shocked that Leonardo Dicaprio has still not won an oscar yet because he is amazing in all of his films and really should of won for The Aviator and he got snubbed this year? I just don't get it but like an recent artical said the voters for the academy are old, white men. I have a gut feeling that it will change for Liam Neeson because he was amazing in The Grey and could win at next oscars if he even gets nominated which he better.
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10:22AM on 02/22/2012

Okay list .... BUT ...

You are missing the following:
Jim Carrey (deserved for Eternal Sunshine)
David Fincher (2 nominations)
Brad Pitt (4 noms)
Peter o'Toole (8 noms! - Lawrence of Arabia, come on!!)
Peter Sellers (3 noms - deserved for Dr. Strangelove)
Bruce Willis (deserved for 6th Sense or 12 Monkeys or Unbreakable, atleast a nom even)
Tom Cruise (3 noms - Its a crime that he isn't included in this list and that he hasnt won an Oscar yet)
You are missing the following:
Jim Carrey (deserved for Eternal Sunshine)
David Fincher (2 nominations)
Brad Pitt (4 noms)
Peter o'Toole (8 noms! - Lawrence of Arabia, come on!!)
Peter Sellers (3 noms - deserved for Dr. Strangelove)
Bruce Willis (deserved for 6th Sense or 12 Monkeys or Unbreakable, atleast a nom even)
Tom Cruise (3 noms - Its a crime that he isn't included in this list and that he hasnt won an Oscar yet)
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1:42PM on 02/22/2012
Just like alexkarmamojo below, you're very right. The list of deserving folks goes on and on, but unfortunately I only had the ten spots to hand out. Fincher and Pitt would absolutely be up there if this was "The 12 Spot."
Just like alexkarmamojo below, you're very right. The list of deserving folks goes on and on, but unfortunately I only had the ten spots to hand out. Fincher and Pitt would absolutely be up there if this was "The 12 Spot."
10:11AM on 02/22/2012
Richard Burton? Robert Mitchum? Max Von Syndow?
Richard Burton? Robert Mitchum? Max Von Syndow?
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1:40PM on 02/22/2012
Very true - all great actors. Same with Peter O'Toole and Albert Finney and many more, but alas, there were only ten spots on my list...
Very true - all great actors. Same with Peter O'Toole and Albert Finney and many more, but alas, there were only ten spots on my list...
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9:55AM on 02/22/2012
zomg.. Harrison Ford!
zomg.. Harrison Ford!
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