Performances That Should Have Won A Oscar

Those that should have really won, or that could have won...
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1.
Paul Newman
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born in January 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ Paul Newman was and will always be one of the best actors ever. When I look at the nominations for 1967 I can't stop thinking that although Rod Steiger had a great performance ("In The Heat Of The Night"), Paul Newman should have won for one of the finest performances ever in "Cool Hand Luke". ” - cjcsPT
 
2.
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father, from California...
“ His portrait of Johnny Cash on "Walk The Line" was absolutely fantastic, but he had the bad luck of having Phillip Seymour Hoffman nominated that year for "Capote". ” - cjcsPT
 
3.
Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ He was a rising star when he died and the Academy decided to give him a postumous Oscar for his outstanding job on "The Dark Knight", although his charater Ennis Del Mar in "Brokeback Mountain" much deserved an Oscar. Also in this case, Phillip Seymor Hoffman was in the run and won it. ” - cjcsPT
 
4.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ We all know that she received a much deserved Oscar for Best Actress for her work in "The Reader", but her phenomenal performance in "Revolutionary Road" didn't even received a nomination. ” - cjcsPT
 
5.
Amy Adams
Actress, Man of Steel
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ There was no doubt that Amy Adams should have won an Oscar for her brilliant performance in "Doubt". Her cathegory was probably the most difficult to make a decision that year, but one thing was sure, Penelope Cruz had the weakest performance of the 5 nominees and she won. ” - cjcsPT
 
6.
Will Smith
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
“ His role in "Ali" was absolutetly increadible but the Academy decided to give the Oscar to Denzel Washington. Not fair. ” - cjcsPT
 
7.
Paul Giamatti
Actor, Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor, Sideways, and Barney's Version (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, and San Andreas...
“ Many will not agree with this, but I think George Clooney didn't deserve the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor that year. Some thought Jake Gyllenhal should have won for "Brokeback Mountain" but Giamatti was the strongest in the cathegory. ” - cjcsPT
 
8.
Sissy Spacek
Actress, Carrie
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen...
“ Halle Berry won for "Monster's Ball" and it was a good performance indeed, but Sissy Spacek delivered one of her best performances ever and it should have been enough to gain the votes of the Academy members. ” - cjcsPT
 
9.
Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress, Scarface
Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their life's work...
“ When I look back to 1988 nominations I really can't understand how Geena Davis took the Oscar home. Michelle Pfeiffer should have taken the prize for "Dangerous Liaisions". ” - cjcsPT
 
10.
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ Sometimes there are things we can't understand. One of those things is how Gary Oldman didn't even get a nomination for his remarkable job in "Bram Stocker's Dracula". ” - cjcsPT
 
11.
Al Pacino
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family. His parents...
“ For me, this was one of the most unfairly given Oscar ever. Joel Grey took the Oscar for his role in "Cabaret" and I can't understang why the Academy left Al Pacino without the prize for his role as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather". ” - cjcsPT
 
12.
Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan was born on May 3, 1969 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski. She is an actress, known for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Gone Baby Gone and Escape Plan. She has been married to Eric Slovin since August 23, 2011. They have one child.
“ Her work in "Gone Baby Gone" was in a different league than Tilda Swinton's in "Michael Clayton" and I was quite surprised when I heard Swinton was the winner. ” - cjcsPT
 
13.
Mark Wahlberg
American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to respected actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter, Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted...
“ He might not be one of the best actors of all time but he certainly was the one who must deserved the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for fis role in "The Departed". I have the belief that Alan Arkin won the prize to compensate him for previous years. His performance in "Little Miss Sunshine" was not that good. ” - cjcsPT
 
14.
Clive Owen
British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting soul but forceful will...
“ Preatty much the same this as above. Morgan Freeman gave a good performance in "Million Dollar Baby" but unfortunately not as good as Clive Owen's in "Closer". ” - cjcsPT
 
15.
Laura Linney
Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her father's house (her parents having divorced when she was an infant)...
“ She got a nomination for her role in "Kinsey", probably her best performance to date, although she had the bad luck of having Cate Blanchett in the same cathegory, who fairly won for her performance in "The Aviator". ” - cjcsPT
 
16.
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ We tend to think that Ed Harris is a great actor, and he is. The problem is that when we campare the roles for which he got Oscar nominations, most of the times they are not as strong as the other nominees' performance. In 2001 his performance in "The Hours" was actually fantastic, but Chris Cooper was brilliant in "Adaptation". And he fairly won. ” - cjcsPT
 
17.
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ We all know that James Dean only did 3 major motion pictures. If he had won this Oscar it would have been the first postumous award ever in the Oscar history. Yul Brynner won for "The King and I" but we all know that James Dean much deserved this award because his performace in "Giant" was a masterclass in acting. ” - cjcsPT
 
18.
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive...
“ I am not a Tom Cruise's fan. To tell the truth I don't even like him that much, however, his performance in "Magnolia" was very good and he sould have been the winner in the cathegory in 1999. Michael Caine was good in "The Cider House Rules" but not outstanding. ” - cjcsPT
 
19.
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family...
“ Roberto Benigni won for his role in "Life Is Beautiful". The movie is indeed beautiful, but no Roberto's performance. The prize should have fallen in Tom Hanks' hands for his role in "Saving Private Ryan" or Edward Norton for "American History X". ” - cjcsPT
 
20.
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ It was his first major role in Hollywood and it was a fantastic performance in "Primal Fear". Cuba Gooding Jr took the Oscar for "Jerry Maguire". ” - cjcsPT
 
21.
Sharon Stone
Actress, Casino
Sharon Yvonne Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie (Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry...
“ We know Susan Sarandon is great but Sharon Stone was the fair winner for Best Actress for her role in "Casino". The thing is that this role was actually the best Sharon Stone could achieve and we don't know if she will be ever able to achieve it again. ” - cjcsPT
 
22.
Marcello Mastroianni
Actor,
Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette, then started working for the Italian department of "Eagle Lion Films" in Rome and joined a drama club...
“ This was one of the greatest actors of all time. No doubt about it. He didn't even got a nomination for "8 1/2") and he lost in 1988 against Michael Douglas. Mastroiani gave one of his best performances ever in "Dark Eyes" and he should have won the Oscar for that incredible performance. ” - cjcsPT
 
23.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ The year Downey Jr. was nominated it could have happen a tie. Al Pacino was a fair winner for his great performance in "Scent Of A Woman" but Robert Downey Jr delivered the performance of a life time on his particular portrait of Charles Chaplin. Simply Brilliant! ” - cjcsPT
 
24.
Bruce Davison
Actor, X-Men
With his blond, clean-cut, Ivy League handsomeness and ready-whipped smile reminiscent of Kennedyesque times, actor Bruce Davison fits the prototype of today's more current crop of fresh-faced, likable blonds such as Brian Kerwin and Aaron Eckhart. While it proved difficult at times for the actor to get past those perfect features and find meatier roles...
“ "Longtime Companion" was a movie that passed unnoticed that year bue Davison's performance was absolutely fantastic. Joe Pesci took the Oscar instead. My main problem here is that I think Joe Pesci is not good and he repeats himself in every single performance. However and to be fair, I would say that Pesci deserved more the Oscar for his role in "Raging Bull" than in "Goodfellas". ” - cjcsPT
 
25.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ Well, Meryl Streep is the most nominated actress in the Oscar's history and has taken only 2 Oscars home. We all know that she will get a third one, but there was one of her performances that I believe is one of her best. The movie is called "One True Thing". The fact is that the movie is not particularly brilliant, but Streep's performance is breath taking. Gwyneth Paltrow took the award that year. ” - cjcsPT
 
26.
Brad Davis
Born in Florida in 1949, Brad Davis moved to Georgia after graduating from high school to pursue an acting career. From there, he moved to New York City, twice, to find work. By the early 1970s Davis was acting in off-Broadway plays while studying acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. His stage work...
“ "Midnight Express" was one of the best movies in the competition back in 1978. I always thought that Brad Davis should have gotten at least a nomination for his role in the movie. ” - cjcsPT
 
27.
Whoopi Goldberg
Self, The View
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ There is no doubt that Geraldine Page much deserved the Oscar she took home in the 58th Ceremony of the Oscars, but I can't stop thinking how great and sutle was Goldberg's performance in "The Color Purple". ” - cjcsPT
 
28.
Tom Hulce
Actor, Amadeus
Thomas Edward Hulce was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Plymouth, MI, where he was raised with his two sisters and older brother. He is the son of Joanna (Winkleman), who had sung professionally, and Raymond Albert Hulce, who worked for Ford. He has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Wanting to be a singer...
“ His Mozart portrait in "Amadeus" was one of the best male performances in the movie history but so it was F. Murray Abraham's portraying Salieri in the same movie. I like to think that Hulce lost the prize by a couple of votes. ” - cjcsPT
 
29.
John Hurt
This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnould Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and mathematician...
“ I will not say that Christopher Walken didn't deserve the Oscar he won for his part in "The Deer Hunter" but my favorite in 1979 was John Hurt for his spectacular performance in "Midnight Express". Trully a great performance. ” - cjcsPT
 
30.
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Here she is again. For me one of her most remarkable performances was her supporting role in "Iris". I really believe she should have been the winner in 2001. Jennifer Connelly won for "A Beautiful Mind". ” - cjcsPT
 
31.
Jane Alexander
Actress, The Ring
Angular in features, reserved in demeanor and more-or-less plaintive in appearance, actress Jane Alexander's has played down the glamor card for the most part. Her true brilliance has come from the remarkable range and depth of her talent. Heralded as one of the finest 70s actresses to arrive in films following a towering Broadway success...
“ Another of those who had bad luck. Many would say that she didn't stand a change against Meryl Streep as they were both nominated for their roles in "Kramer Vs. Kramer". I loved Streep's performance but Jane Alexander would be a perfect alternative winner. ” - cjcsPT
 
32.
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, and went to Santa Monica City College...
“ Art Carney won the Oscar for "Harry And Tonto" but Hoffman's performance in "Lenny" was utterly fantastic. ” - cjcsPT
 
33.
Valentina Cortese
Actress, Day for Night
Valentina Cortese was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, in 1923. She made her movie debut in 1940 and played many "ingenue" parts in Italian films of that period, before making a real sensation in Les Misérables and Tempesta su Parigi, playing both female leads, Fantine and Cosette (the film was a competent screen adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic "Les misérables")...
“ To be clear: Ingrid Bergman was indeed one of the best actresses ever in movie history. To be honest: When she received the Oscar for "Murder On The Orient Express" she said she always thought that Valentina Cortese would win. Well, Valentina Cortese should have won indeed. ” - cjcsPT
 
34.
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor, Gladiator
Joaquin Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Arlyn (Dunetz) and John Bottom, and is the middle child in a brood of five. His parents, from the continental United States, were then serving as Children of God missionaries. His mother is from a Jewish family in New York, while his father, from California...
“ He is one of those that I need to repeat. I liked Benicio Del Toro's job in "Traffic" but, I am sorry, Joaquin Phoenix's performance in "Gladiator" was one of the best performances of the last decade. ” - cjcsPT
 
35.
Jude Law
Jude Law is a talented and versatile actor. Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards and continues to build a prolific body of work that spans from early successes such as Gattaca and The Talented Mr. Ripley to more recent turns as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as Hugo's father in Hugo and in the titular role in Dom Hemingway...
“ Many will disagree with this. I believe that Jude Law's performance in "Cold Mountain" was great. Sean Penn won the Oscar and I was happy with it. I Do not think Bill Murray deserved it for his role in "Lost In Translation". If Sean Penn were not in the cathegory I would have given it to Law. ” - cjcsPT
 
36.
Sean Penn
Sean Penn is a powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work, who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California, the second son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director...
“ Sean Penn is great, period. What it was, 2001 was a tricky year in the Oscars. Denzel Washington unfairly took the Oscar home for "Training Day". My fiest option would be Will Smith in "Ali", but Sean Penn's acting skills in "I Am Sam" were absolutely great. ” - cjcsPT
 
37.
Jim Caviezel
James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968 in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was one of five children born to Margaret (Lavery), a former stage actress, and James Caviezel, a chiropractor. The Caviezels are a closely knit Catholic family. He is of Irish (mother) and Swiss and Slovak-Romansh (father) descent; the surname...
“ I don't know if the performance I am about to mention was Oscar worthy but I think that Caviezel's great performance in "The Passion Of The Christ" should have given him, at least, an Oscar nomination. It was a great permance indeed and abstolutely forgotten that year. ” - cjcsPT