Since the Critics’ Choice Awards were introduced in 1995, 13 performers have reaped Oscar nominations without first contending at either these kudos OR the Screen Actors Guild Awards OR the Golden Globes.
That is, these lucky 13 came out of left field to contend at the Oscars without first having been in the running at at least one of these three precursor prizes.
But, in all their cases, the nomination had to be reward enough, as none of them won the Oscar. (Read about who is hoping to defy the odds and join that group this year here.)
Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
Tommy Lee Jones, “In the Valley of Elah” (2007)
Javier Bardem, “Biutiful” (2010)
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011)
Laura Linney, “The Savages” (2007)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Djimon Hounsou, “In America” (2003)
Alan Alda, “The Aviator” (2004)
William Hurt, “A History of Violence” (2005)
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road” (2008)
Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Shohreh Aghdashloo, “House of Sand and Fog” (2003)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart” (2009)
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012)
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