Performances that should have been nominated for Oscars

Not all of the performances are ones that should have taken over another that was actually nominated but i think they are performances that should have been noticed more by award shows and if there was more than five nominations maybe it could have been added.
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1.
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ The Machinist

It's a shame that the focus became more about his weight loss than his performance but i was completely absorbed and the commitment he brings is always great to watch. A true acting chameleon. ” - mikeonmovies
 
2.
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. But his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ Babel and Inglourious Basterds- With Babel it was great that they made him look as rugged as they did with the greyish hair and beard so you can buy him as the character and not Hollywood star Brad Pitt but the way he acted is what did it for me more as you feel sorry for the character who has to stay strong in an unusual situation where his wife gets shot in a foreign country i was really moved especially by the scene at the end where he hears his Child while on the phone. As for Inglourious Basterds every word he says is just so cool to hear and was for me just as interesting as Christoph Waltz performance. ” - mikeonmovies
 
3.
Michael Fassbender
In 2011, Fassbender debuted as the Marvel antihero Magneto in the prequel X-Men: First Class; he would go on to share the role with Ian McKellen in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Also in 2011, Fassbender's performance as a sex addict in Shame received critical acclaim. He won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards...
“ Hunger & Shame

Quickly becoming one of my favorite actors with a performance that had me looking the entire time that has raw edge and subtlety that i think should have been nominated.
As for Shame it is a role that is done to perfection by Fassbender who doesn't over do being a sex addict as the scenes allow you to take it seriously showing the misery and torture that sex can take someone. Although i liked Demian Bichir in "A Better Life" i wouldn't have put it over Michael Fassbender in Shame. ” - mikeonmovies
 
4.
Andrew Garfield
Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British-born mother, Lynn (Hillman), and an American-born father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. Andrew was raised Jewish. He went to a private school, the City of London Freemen's School...
“ The Social Network

In this case i would have wanted Andrew's performance over Mark Ruffalo's performance even though i liked his performance but what makes me that Andrew Garfield should have been nominated is i see it as being just as good as Jesse Eisenberg's performance and scenes become even better when they are together so i ultimately think Garfield would have been just as deserving. ” - mikeonmovies
 
5.
Eddie Marsan
Eddie Marsan was born in Bethnal Green, East London, to a lorry driver father and a school employee mother. He served an apprenticeship as a printer before becoming an actor twenty years ago. During this time he has worked with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick...
“ Happy-Go-Lucky

Was great as the tense driving instructor who is tested to the limit by Poppy Cross (played by Sally Hawkins) and what pushed to think he deserved a nomination for best supporting actor was the final scene in which he finally cracks and states his problems with Poppy and i was blown away as i didn't expect the rage and sadness that seemed to come all at once to be so poetic. ” - mikeonmovies
 
6.
Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998...
“ Happy-Go-Lucky

it was a role that was well written which gives the push but i thought the way it was translated where a mix of liking the character then not and it switching between the two was beautifully done and was very funny to watch where the character goes and that's thanks ultimately to the performer who i think deserved a nomination. ” - mikeonmovies
 
7.
Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top fashion model...
“ Inglourious Basterds

I had only remembered the actress in the National Treasure movies and forgot she was in Troy so i didn't have that much to go at the time when watching Inglourious Basterds by on whether she would be good then i saw the performance and i'm convinced she should have been nominated for best supporting actress and i'm surprised she wasn't. The accent was spot on, her change in story was great that we get great performance in where her character goes. I would have put it over Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance in Crazy Heart ” - mikeonmovies
 
8.
Noomi Rapace
Actress, Prometheus
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is the daughter of fellow Swedish actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. Her parents did not stay together, and when Rapace was five she moved to Iceland with her mother and stepfather, where she lived for three years. When she was eight, she was cast in a small role in the Icelandic film...
“ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

An extreme character that is played with such honesty and bravery, that at times she didn't have to say anything just one look tells you all you need to know. An actress i hope to see more good performances from. ” - mikeonmovies
 
9.
Sam Rockwell
Actor, Moon
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ Moon

Ever since Green Mile I've thought hopefully he gets his due with an Oscar and with Moon i thought might be the one but it sadly wasn't and i think it should as we are taken on a journey as he is losing his mind on a space station on the moon desperate to get back to earth and i felt so much for his character as he unfolds a mystery that changes a lot of things for him and i ended being with him and his multiple performances that like Nicholas Cage in Adaptation is acting to a something else that will really be him so it becomes extra work that i think pays off. ” - mikeonmovies
 
10.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor, Capote
Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ancestry...
“ Synecdoche, New York

The film kind of lost towards the end but i thought the acting Hoffman brings was just stunning and heartbreaking as we see him age and become more delusional i really was taken by what he did. ” - mikeonmovies
 
11.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ Mysterious Skin

A hard film to watch yet i cannot complain on the reasoning as it all had relevance and was key to tell the story and i think this film is boosted so much by Joseph Gordon-Levitt who plays a teenage prostitute who is so complex and seemed like it was done with such ease that i bought him as the character and thought should have been noticed more. One of my favorite actors. ” - mikeonmovies
 
12.
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ I love you Phillip Morris and Man on the Moon

When it comes to I love you Phillip Morris i have never changed my mind so much on a character as you see the trouble Steven Russell causes and the people he hurts yet the love he feels for Phillip Morris is charming and funny. An actor who i thought hit a bit of a slump with films like The Number 23 and Yes Man was back on form with this character as the comedy and drama he bring both work. When it comes to Man on the Moon i do not understand how this was not nominated for An Oscar as in my opinion was a perfect performance when it comes to becoming Andy Kaufman, every movement, every impression just seemed spot on and although he got the Golden Globe i think it should have gone that step further. ” - mikeonmovies
 
13.
Tobey Maguire
Actor, Spider-Man
Tobias Vincent Maguire was born in Santa Monica, California. His parents were 18 and 20, and not yet married, when he was born. His mother, Wendy (Brown), did advertising, publicity, and acting in Hollywood for years as she coached and managed Tobey. His father, Vincent Maguire, was a cook and sometimes a construction worker...
“ Brothers

Simply put his best performance. Especially when he becomes a soldier with PTSD and the scene where he smashes the kitchen with a golf club was deeply moving. ” - mikeonmovies
 
14.
“ House of Flying Daggers

These types of movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Hero are unfairly taken as just action movies and not seen for what i think are terrific performances especially with Ziyi Zhang who goes against type as a frail, timid woman into characters who show a lot of strength and is i think done best in House of Flying Daggers where it just seems effortless and i thought deserved more attention. ” - mikeonmovies
 
15.
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
“ Requiem for a Dream

This had good performances like Marlon Wayans which i think to date has his best performance and Jared Leto who i think just gets better and better. Then you have great performances that got Ellen Burstyn an Oscar Nomination and Jennifer Connelly which didn't. Which isn't outrageous but she was a stand out for me as she just exudes pain so well and the way we see her character end was just heartbreaking and i think it would have been worthy of being nominated. ” - mikeonmovies
 
16.
Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor, Inception
Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3, to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic...
“ Shutter Island, The Departed and Django Unchained

I think two great acting roles that were done really well which ironically are films directed by Martin Scorsese who seems to get good performances out of actors and actresses and i think it shows with roles where he descends into chaos and struggles with being able to contain himself. I especially think Shutter Island surprised me on how powerful it was as i was just expecting a straight up horror film and it ended up being so much more layered than that. The Departed i thought was a stand out as i felt the pressure as you see the character torturing himself emotionally on wondering whether he'll get caught for being a mole in a gang. DiCaprio in Django Unchained is one of the best things about the movie and it's a shame he missed despite the list of good performances i would replace Alan Arkin for Leonardo DiCaprio. ” - mikeonmovies
 
17.
Tom Hardy
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception, English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. But the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the miniseries Band of Brothers...
“ Bronson

I could hardly recognize who he was, he simply became this frighting criminal who is explosive and therefore get an explosive performance that i can't forget. ” - mikeonmovies
 
18.
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...
“ Sid and Nancy

One of those actors who i don't think has done a bad performance but what gets me as a perfect performance was Oldman playing Sid Vicious where the look, the voice and walk all are brilliant and it amazes me every time. ” - mikeonmovies
 
19.
Matt Damon
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
“ The Informant

His Funniest Best Role that made the movie interesting and is one of my favorite performances Of Matt Damon's. ” - mikeonmovies
 
20.
Ryan Gosling
Actor, Drive
Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman. Ryan was the second of their two children. His ancestry is French-Canadian, as well as English, Scottish, and German. The Gosling family moved to Cornwall...
“ Blue Valentine and Lars and the real girl

When it come to Blue Valentine i felt that if you're going to nominate Michelle Williams you should nominate Ryan Gosling as i think they were equals and it is subtle and honest performance. In Lars and the real girl he plays the delusional lovable loner that is done so beautifully where i stuck with the character all the way to the end and felt emotionally involved ” - mikeonmovies
 
21.
Andy Serkis
Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, Clement Serkis, an ethnic Armenian whose original family surname was "Serkissian", was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq; the Serkis family spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East...
“ Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

I could have said it he should be nominated for the motion capture on lord of the rings and King Kong but i think one performance that wasn't motion capture that deserved a nomination was Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll where he plays Ian Dury where he plays at time the out of control musician and i think it was done so well and got me looking beyond the motion capture i often see him wear. Hopefully he will be nominated one day (My hopes are on Rise of the Planet of the Apes) ” - mikeonmovies
 
22.
“ Drive

I was shocked to see Albert brooks not nominated for Drive, it was the one nomination i was counting on for Drive and somehow instead Max von Sydow took it for Extremely loud and Incredibly Close which makes no sense. Brooks was a highlight for this year as the menacing gangster Bernie Rose and it showed his versatility as both a comedic and dramatic actor that i think should have been noticed by the Academy. ” - mikeonmovies
 
23.
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...
“ Sideways

Thankfully Paul has been nominated for an Oscar once for "Cinderella Man" but to me the role of all the roles he has played that should have been nominated was his character Miles in Sideways. It's odd to me that you have two cast members (Virginia Madsen and Thomas Haden Church) both nominated for Oscars and deservedly so but the person that holds this together, who you feel for the most and who is in the film the most is left out. I almost added his role for Barney's version but i did like the list they had that year but his Sideways role should have been the one. ” - mikeonmovies