The 10 most notorious Oscar snubs of all time

The 10 most notorious Oscar snubs of all time

There's always drama around this time of year after the Oscar nominations are delivered like anvils of theatrical success, with the weight borne even more heavily by those who are left without one.

Let’s be real for a second; the Academy Awards are not the Nuremberg Trials. They’re about super rich people patting themselves on the back so that they can earn even more money and be watched by even more millions of people. Some people seem to be perpetual favourites - hello, Meryl Streep - and others not so lucky.

This year Leonardo DiCaprio (as usual), Ben Affleck and Nicole Kidman are all among the surprising non-starters in the awards race. Today, we’re celebrating the overlooked underdog with ten misser-outerers over the years.

10. Anthony Perkins in Psycho, 1960

His character Norman Bates contributed a whole lot of creepiness to this classic, yet all the praise was showered (deservingly) upon the star, Janet Leigh, with not even a nomination to his name.

 9. Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby, 1968
Her co-star Ruth Gordon took away an Oscar for playing Rosemary’s crazy neighbour, but Mia Farrow’s more subtle performance – as the mother-to-be of Satan, no less, she was tortured enough to drive you to paranoia – in Roman Polanski’s iconic horror, left Mia Farrow out of the Oscar race completely.

8. Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange, 1971

Again, the 'cult role in a cult film but no Oscar' pattern emerges. It takes a considerable amount of talent to express the brutality exuded and then endured by Alex DeLarge. It’s worth noting, too, that not even Hitchcock, unarguably one of the greatest directors of all time, has ever scored an Academy Award. But then again, does it make the slightest difference to those who appreciate his work? Doubtful.

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  • anthony's avatar
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    Sunday 10 Feb 2013 - 9:41 AM
    You've nailed this list, from my point of view, and demographic. I remember the Aliens snub, the Samuel L Jackson snub, and those that came at the expense of the Tom Hanks love in.
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    Sunday 10 Feb 2013 - 7:23 PM
    What about Omar Sharif in Dr Zhivago?
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    Monday 11 Feb 2013 - 10:14 AM
    Cheers Anthony!
    Good one Squirrus, I didn't even think of that.
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    Monday 11 Feb 2013 - 11:05 AM
    Also Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream? She lost it to Julia Roberts in the crappy Erin Brockovich.
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    Tuesday 12 Feb 2013 - 10:50 AM
    Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, still his best performance. And Brad Pitt in Fight Club.
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    Tuesday 12 Feb 2013 - 12:35 PM
    You seem to be implying that Alfred Hitchcock directed 'A Clockwork Orange'. It was actually Stanley Kubrick.
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    Thursday 14 Feb 2013 - 2:36 PM
    But Julia Roberts puffed out her boobs - and was sooooo sassy -she made bogan skank chich before we even knew the term!
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