Tough Luck at the Oscars
There are a handful of actors who will publicly profess their disdain for the Academy Awards, because they don’t think that artists should be pitted against each other for fame and glory. Those actors would be in the minority, as most would love nothing more than to win the iconic gold statue. A few very worthy actors seemed to have had an Oscar in the bag but ultimately lost to someone else despite the fact that the losing actor’s performance may have been better.
There is no argument that Gregory Peck’s performance in “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1962 was worthy of an Oscar, but it came at the expense of the legendary Peter O’Toole. That same year, he was nominated for “Lawrence of Arabia” in the same category in a performance that many hailed as the best in cinematic history. It was O’Toole’s first of eight nominations, but this first loss is the hardest for many of his fans to swallow. Perhaps because they saw the error of their ways, Academy members gave him an honorary Oscar in 2003, although it is not quite the same as being able to win your category against worthy competition, something that could still happen as the octogenarian is still making movies.
Albert Finney is one of the fortunate Hollywood actors who has enjoyed a long, storied career in movies. He was rewarded for his talent with a total of five nominations, though he has not won any. Fans have argued that a few of his losses have been questionable, if not downright outrageous. The most egregious example is in 1974, when he turned in a masterful performance as Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express.” He lost to Art Carney for “Harry and Tonto” in what is still viewed as one of the worst Oscar transgressions in history.
Leonardo DiCaprio is almost as well known for his habitual dating of models as for his acting. This is unfortunate, because he has consistently turned in solid if not stellar performances throughout his career, which has earned him three nominations. He lost to Tommy Lee Jones for in 1993, for what is arguably his most nuanced performance, that of Arnie Grape in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” Thankfully, the actor carefully picks out his roles and is still young, so he has plenty of time to try and win before he retires.
Like DiCaprio, Edward Norton still has a long and hopefully fruitful career ahead of him in film. If he continues to turn in performances like his first major one in “Primal Fear,” chances are he will finally win an Oscar. So far, the Academy Award has eluded him for his two nominations, one of which was for “Primal Fear,” which turned him into a movie star. The other was for reformed skinhead Derek Vinyard in the powerful “American History X.” That year, he was pitted against Roberto Benigni, who was nominated for “Life is Good.” Though Begnigni turned in a great performance, his award was seen as rewarding him for a lifetime of great cinematic achievement rather than for the one performance. This left Norton in the lurch, even though many thought he would win.
Glenn Close has won multiple awards for her acting work, including Emmys, Golden Globes, Tonys, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. The only thing missing from her laundry list of accolades is an Oscar, even though she was thought to be a cert on multiple occasions. Perhaps the most famous loss came in 1988, when her turn as Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil in “Dangerous Liasons” lost to Jodie Foster for her role in “The Accused.” Though a few critics thought the two actresses were neck-and-neck for the win, the overwhelming majority thought Close would still manage to win at the end of the night, which made her loss all the more shocking.
Eddie Murphy is known for his comedic performances, but his turn in the drama “Dreamgirls” earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He would lose to Alan Arkin’s performance as the grandfather in “Little Miss Sunshine.” Murphy was largely thought to be the frontrunner in a category that was not thought to be competitive, so Arkin’s win was unexpected. Even Arkin himself seemed shocked that he won. A despondent Murphy reportedly left the ceremony early as a result.
Out of all of these Oscar slights, O’Toole holds the record for the most nominations without a win. He has always been gracious in defeat; in fact, legend has is that he helped coin the famous phrase “it was an honor just being nominated.” If that is true, then O’Toole stands as one of the most honored actors in history.
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