Saturday, March 22, 2014


There are many people in the movie industry who are considered legends, those who were nominated and deserved the Academy Award but never received that elusive Oscar®.  Some of the names will even strike you as What? That can't be true. He/She must have won at least once.

So, in no particular order, here is a cross-section of deserving but passed over nominees for the movie industry's coveted statuette.

1)  Alfred Hitchcock
With a string of directorial masterpieces to his credit, he never won one of the prized statuettes.  However, in 1968 he was presented an honorary Oscar® for his body of work.

2)  Cary Grant
He made it look easy which sometimes prevented people from realizing just how good he was—adept at light comedy (and even slapstick) as well as drama.  However, in 1970 he was presented an honorary Oscar® for his body of work.

3)  Peter O'Toole
He holds the record for the most Best Actor nominations (8) without a win with his most famous role probably Lawrence of Arabia.  My personal favorite of Peter O'Toole's films is My Favorite Year, one of his few comedy films.  However, in 2003 he was presented an honorary Oscar® for his body of work.

4)  Deborah Kerr
Many outstanding roles, certainly From Here To Eternity and also The King And I, nominated six times but no wins.  However, in 1994 she was presented an honorary Oscar® for her body of work.

5)  Richard Burton
Many outstanding performances including an exceptional one in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.  Six nominations, five of them for Best Actor, but no wins.

6)  Albert Finney
The British actor is probably best known for Tom Jones, one of his earlier films.  He's had five nominations and no wins.  My favorite Albert Finney film (along with an incredible cast including several Oscar® winners) is Murder On The Orient Express with his marvelous portrayal of Hercule Poirot.

7)  Angela Lansbury
Today she's best known for her award winning role of Jessica Fletcher, the retired school teacher turned mystery novelist and amateur sleuth in the long running television series Murder, She Wrote.  In addition to television, she has an impressive award winning string of Broadway productions and before that three nominations for films.  One of her Oscar® nominations was for a riveting performance in the original film of The Manchurian Candidate with Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey (she played his mother even though they were only a few months apart in age).

8)  Fred Astaire
Although best known for a stellar career in a long string of very successful musicals (many with his long time partner, Ginger Rogers), his one and only nomination came for a dramatic role in Towering Inferno.

9)  Charlie Chaplin
He is one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood.  Even though he never won for either acting or directing, I wasn't sure whether to add him to this list of never won an Oscar® because he did win one for Best Original Musical Score in 1952 for Limelight.  However, in 1972 he was presented with an honorary Oscar® for his body of work and received the longest standing ovation in Academy Awards history (over twelve minutes).

There are, of course, many more nominated actors/actresses/directors who deserve but haven't yet had their name engraved on an Oscar®. 

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