Countdown To Oscar: Who Never Won The Oscar?

In the history of the Oscars, there are always a handful of people the masses feel are robbed of their recognition by the Academy.  This year it was Selma Director Ava DuVernay and its star David Oyelowo.  I bet you didn't know about these groundbreaking, big stars who also never got a chance to win an Oscar. Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Orson Welles

 

Hitchcock was nominated five times for best director and never won an Oscar.  However, was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968 (usually given to those with an outstanding body of work, but never won the coveted award).   Kubrick and Welles were nominated and won an Academy Awards in other areas.  Kubrick won a  Best Effects Oscar for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Welles won Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Citizen Kane.

Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole

Burton and O'Toole, two of the best actors in any era have a total of 15 Oscar nominations between them.  However, in 2003 O'Toole was bestowed with an Honorary Oscar.

 

Marilyn Monroe

One of the most iconic imitated movie stars of all time, Marilyn Monroe, changed the game for women in the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Monroe was an amazing actress, but the Academy overlooked her talent due to her sex symbol status.

Marilyn monroe

Marilyn monroe

Cary Grant

Grant starred in over 70 films, garnered 2 nominations, but the golden guy eluded his career.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Zijgn-c9w

Here are also 20 other actors, who have been nominated numerous times, but have never taken home an Academy Award.

leonardo di caprio in the wolf on wall street

leonardo di caprio in the wolf on wall street

Leonardo DiCaprio 1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"; 2005: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Aviator"; 2007: Nominated for Best Actor, "Blood Diamond"; 2014: Nominated for "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Johnny Depp 2004: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"; 2005: Nominated for Best Actor, "Finding Neverland", 2008: Nominated for Best Actor, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

TOM CRUISE1990: Nominated for Best Actor, "Born on the Fourth of July"; 1997: Nominated for Best Actor, "Jerry Maguire"; 2000: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Magnolia".

JULIANNE MOORE1998: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Boogie Nights";  2000: Nominated for Best Actress, "The End of the Affair"; 2003: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Hours";  2003: Nominated for Best Actress, "Far From Heaven"

GLENN CLOSE1983: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The World According to Garp"; 1984: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Big Chill"; 1985: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Natural"; 1988: Nominated for Best Actress, "Fatal Attraction"; 1989: Nominated for Best Actress, "Dangerous Liasons"; 2012: Nominated for Best Actress, "Albert Nobbs".

JOAQUIN PHOENIX2001: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Gladiator"; 2006: Nominated for Best Actor, "Walk the Line"; 2013: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Master".

EDWARD NORTON1997: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Primal Fear"; 1999: Nominated for Best Actor, "American History X"

ANNETTE BENING1991: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Grifters";  2000: Nominated for Best Actress, "American Beauty";  2005: Nominated for Best Actress, "Being Julia";  2011: Nominated for Best Actress, "The Kids Are All Right";

ED HARRIS1996: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Apollo 13";  1999: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Truman Show"; 2001: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pollock";  2003: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Hours"; lost to Chris Cooper, "Adaptation."

SIGOURNEY WEAVER1987: Nominated for Best Actress, "Aliens"; 1989: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Working Girl"; 1989: Nominated for Best Actress, "Gorillas in the Mist"

HARRISON FORD1985: Nominated for Best Actor, "Witness"

ALBERT FINNEY1964: Nominated for Best Actor, "Tom Jones";  1975: Nominated for Best Actor, "Murder on the Orient Express"; 1984: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Dresser"; 1985: Nominated for Best Actor, "Under the Volcano"; 2001: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Erin Brockovich"; lost to Benicio del Toro, "Traffic"

MICHELLE PFEIFFER  

1989:

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Dangerous Liasons"; 

1990:

Nominated for Best Actress, "The Fabulous Baker Boys"; 

1993:

Nominated for Best Actress, "Love Field"

JOHN TRAVOLTA1978: Nominated for Best Actor, "Saturday Night Fever"; 1995: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pulp Fiction"

GARY OLDMAN2012: Nominated for Best Actor, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.1993: Nominated for Best Actor, "Chaplin"; 2009: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Tropic Thunder"

LIAM NEESON1994: Nominated for Best Actor, "Schindler's List"

WILL SMITH2002: Nominated for Best Actor, "Ali"; 2007: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Pursuit of Happyness"

MARK WAHLBERG2007: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Departed";  2011: Nominated for Best Picture, "The Fighter" (along with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman)

RALPH FIENNES1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Schindler's List";  1997: Nominated for Best Actor, "The English Patient"

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I have to say, I didn't quite know what to expect with this one.  I will say...I was pleasantly entertained and surprised.

Having traveled extensively throughout my lifetime, I have resided in many hotels around the world and often wondered what happens in the lives of employees that brought them to that particular hotel.  Why they continue to work there?  Does it bring them joy or do they not have a choice?

In 1968, The Grand Budapest Hotel  was on the down slope of its once beautiful glory, when a Young Writer (Jude Law) has a chance meeting with  Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes the hotel's original concierge Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) most trusted friend.

Over dinner,  Zero recounts the adventures of Gustave H between the first and second World Wars, while he was in employ at The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Boasting an all-star cast including F. Murray  Abraham, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Adrain Brody, Jeff Goldblum and Jude Law, this Wes Anderson written, produced and directed fantasy ride is based on the writings of Stefan Zweig.

It is beautifully shot with very creative uses of linear images and the humor is dry yet hysterically funny.  My favorite quote is when Gustave H describes how his last time of seeing Madame D...saying she was "shaking a like a shitting dog".

The Grand Budapest Hotel is in theatres now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXRztrOK47I

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Birdman

What happens when an actor playing a superhero falls on hard times and reverts to Broadway in order to revive his stalled career?  In 1989, Michael Keaton played Batman and since then has been relegated to mostly voice-over gigs in animation hits like Jack Frost, Cars and Toy Story 3.

So, it would suffice to say that reality has blurred the lines with a movie plot superbly written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (known for his work on Babel and 21 grams).  González Iñárritu's directing along with Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki's (Oscar winner for Gravity) and the sublime acting talents of Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts make this film one of the most intriguing, suspenseful, mind-blowing films I have seen in a while.

When we meet Riggan (Michael Keaton), he is attempting to reinvent himself as a director by staging a retelling of a classic Broadway play called "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" by Raymond Carver. The events leading up to the premiere unravel one disaster after another when the original lead actor is injured. Riggan scrambles to find a replacement, but the replacement proves to be exactly who he needs - a method actor who takes the job way too seriously.  If that weren't enough, Riggan is struggling with voices of his alter-ego/superhero persona "Birdman", relationships with his girlfriend, ex-wife and a daughter...fresh out of rehab.

There isn't a false note or move by ANY of these actors.  Ironically enough, Emma Stone (who is also known for being the on-screen girlfriend of Spiderman from time to time) portrays Riggan's daughter  Sam with such gritty realism and venom that she makes you feel sorry for her and hate her all at the same time.  I smell an Oscar nod for this brilliantly under-estimated ingenue.

Edward Norton realistically brings to life Mike.  For those of us from Broadway and the theatre, we are all too familiar with these type of actors.  They would rather sabotage the production value of a show for the sake of their ridiculous/unrealistic artistic integrity. Bravo Ed...Bravo!!!!

Naomi Watts is heartbreakingly effective as the actress making her Broadway debut under the most stressful circumstances imaginable and in the midst of it all desperately clinging to her dream of having a memorable opening night.  Equally, heartbreaking is Andrea Riseborough as Laura, Riggan's girlfriend who suffers from the insecurity that her relationship will fail as soon as the next pretty face comes along.

I loved this film!!!  Can you tell?  I especially loved the realism it brings to the way these events really unfold while trying to mount a production on Broadway, the creative seamless movement from one scene to another that keeps you entranced and how everyone is 100% committed to telling the story and leaving their egos at the door.

Birdman is in theaters now and will be worth every cent you spend to check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJfLoE6hanc

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!