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"

INTO THE WOODS

While I was in New York performing Avenue Q on Broadway, I had an audition for a revival of another Sondheim musical "Putting it Together" and had the opportunity to sing for the man himself...Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.  It was an experience I shall not soon forget.

ALONE can mean solitude.  ALONE can mean being alone even in a crowded room.  ALONE can also mean being in an involuntary state of existence.  ALONE is a theme and through line often used in classic Sondheim pieces.

Into the Woods is THE classic Sondheim musical and has been on Broadway twice where the "Witch" has been portrayed by such heavyweights as Bernadette Peters, Cleo Laine, Phylicia Rashad, Betsy Joslyn, Nancy Dussault, Ellen Foley and Vanessa Williams in the 2002 revival.

Having never seen the original or revival, I was eager with anticipation.  Mostly because for the screen version...yes ladies and gentleman  it is Meryl Streep as the "Witch" and she has freaking done it again!!!!  Is there anything this woman is NOT capable of??!! Singing Sondheim is no easy task, yet Streep does so with the greatest of ease and is compelling to watch.  As much as I love Meryl though, I would've loved to have seen Vanessa or Phylicia have a go at it.

Meryl Streep as THE WITCH

Meryl Streep as THE WITCH

Meryl Strep "Into The Woods"

Meryl Strep "Into The Woods"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC07rPoK9lI

Having said that, most of the time when Hollywood adapts these musicals, there is always a weak link in the cast.  The onscreen cast of Into The Woods is strong as steel from the youngest cast member, Lilla Crawford,  to the fantabulous Meryl Streep.  Their singing and acting are superb and they never skip a beat.

Lilla Crawford (Little Red Riding Hood), Chris Pine (Prince Charming), Emily Blunt (The Baker's Wife), Christine Baranski (Stepmother) were my favs and had a variety of scene stealing moments.

I was not ALONE when I burst into applause and laughter doing this film, nor will I be ALONE in the multitude of opinions that will come in the midst of INTO THE WOODS' nationwide release on Christmas Day.

Watch it, take the kids, relive those classics tales once more through a different a pair of eyes and imagine what would happen if their outcome was somehow tweaked.  You'll be happy you did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6Yz5BRMGIQ

Review: For No Good Reason

fornogoodreason_A trip to Las Vegas between Roger Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson was serialized in the novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which later became a hit film at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 starring Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp.  The documentary For No Good Reason has Depp serving as the narrator into the life of Ralph Steadman, his life as an artist and his unlikely alliance with Hunter S. Thompson. What an amazingly odd, yet eye-opening life Mr. Steadman has led.  I'm sure even in his wildest dreams he couldn't have imagined his art being the subject of so many  from his method, the demonic look his art or that he would be seen as more of a cartoonist than an "artist".  For No Good Reason directed by Charlie Paul is 15 years in the making and has  played in New York City and Los Angeles in December 2013 (it also played at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival).  It's now set for a regular US domestic release in Spring 2014 and was in competition for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival.depp&steadman

For No Good Reason was fascinating to me and I assume it will be for you too.  While you are waiting for it to hit the theaters, check out Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as well...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MHEu6ZYOUM

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!!!

The Lone Ranger

Image When I was a little girl getting ready for school in the wee hours of the morning, my brother and I would sometimes watch re-runs of the classic tv series “The Lone Ranger”.  I use to live for him to say “Hi-Ho Silver…Away”!  For some reason it really use to make me chuckle.  So it suffices to say, I was really hoping that this new Disney feature starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer would make me reminisce with much delight.  Let’s start with what I did like.  I really enjoyed the effort to explain the origins of  how The Lone Ranger and Tonto became outlaws.  The stunts were breathtaking, especially a few that involved Johnny Depp jumping from one train to the next, which looked it was a good 50 foot drop, the performance of Helena Bonham Carter (Red Harrington)was hi-sterical and the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer was so compelling it made me actually want to run out and purchase it.  Ruth Wilson (Rebecca Reid) as the love interest for both The Lone Ranger/John Reid (Armie Hammer) and his brother Dan Reid (James Badge Dale) seemed to be the only actor whose performance  was grounded from a real organic place.  However, my favorite storytelling element was how a boy dressed as “the lone ranger” on a museum trip at the fair was used to tell the story of the legendary duo from none other than an aging Tonto himself.

Needles to say…I should’ve known something was awry when I saw stills of Johnny Depp being released as Tonto months in advance in white face.  While I respect and admire Johnny Depp immensely… just to satisfy my curiosity (being someone of partial Indian heritage), I researched hundreds of Comanche Indian pix and NOT ONE showed a warrior in white face.  Clearly, this was a character choice of behalf of Mr. Depp, but I found it to be demeaning to the Indian people by making the Comanche tribe to look like clowns.

Seeing that for some reason the N-word happens to recently be used like a tennis ball in flight, the use of “red-nigga”  by one of the characters didn’t make me feel any warmer about this film, nor did the performance of Armie Hammer in the title role.   Some of you may remember young Mr. Hammer from “The Social Network” or from the fact that he is a great grandson of Armand Hammer. While he is beautiful eye-candy, his acting in this film seems very stoic with no real humanity or emotion underneath.

This film often felt like it was about 45 minutes too long and there were numerous scenes where I found myself asking why they were there and what did they have to do with furthering the plot.  THE LONE RANGER is in nationwide release by Walt Disney Studios and directed by Gore Verbinski.

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!!!