Our forum poster Tyler The Awesome Guy has started a devilish discussion in our message board about who will never be nominated for an Oscar.
Among those famous faces mentioned by our posters as destined to be snubbed by the academy forever more are three who have delivered award-worthy work in the past: Jennifer Aniston (“The Good Girl,” “Friends with Money”), Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Man on the Moon,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and Adam Sandler (“Punch-Drunk Love”).
But can we ever really know what the future holds in Hollywood?
After all, Jen from “Dawson’s Creek” (Michelle Williams) has earned three Oscar nominations, and the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (Will Smith) earned two. One member of the “Mickey Mouse Club” (Ryan Gosling) has been nominated for Best Actor while and another (Justin Timberlake) featured in 2010 Best Picture contender “The Social Network.”
Remember the star of that failed TV pilot turned direct to video sequel “Cruel Intentions 2”? Yep, that was Amy Adams who has gone on to reap five Oscar bids. And the “Next Karate Kid”? She’s two-time Best Actress champ Hilary Swank!
That’s not to say all of those past gigs were necessarily unworthy of Oscar-caliber talent. Goodness knows I’d rather re-watch episodes of “Dawson’s Creek” and “Fresh Prince” than “The Blind Side” ever again. Rather, it points out just how hard it is to predict the future based on current or recent work.
Matthew McConaughey is on the cusp of winning an Oscar four years after starring in “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” (Vote for the winner of Best Actor below using our easy drag-and-drop menu.) So, for all we know the woman playing a DMV employee for two minutes on “The Big Bang Theory” could win an Oscar – except that already happened (Octavia Spencer).
Hell, even someone like Pauly Shore could get in the game someday. As much as Hollywood loves a comeback story, if someone like the much-maligned ’90s comedy star ever found the right role as a Holocaust-surviving quadriplegic with a speech impediment and a drug problem, he’d probably be the frontrunner to win. Mark my words.
Or don’t mark them, actually. Not even Hollywood would go that far, would it?
After reading through some of our posters thoughts, chime in with your own in our comments section at the bottom of this post.
GermanGuidanceSystem: Shia LaBeouf … for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
thesmartone: 10 years ago, Lindsay Lohan seemed like one of those actresses that, with the right role, could get an Oscar nomination. Now, I firmly believe that she is never going to get nominated.
nkb325: I keep trying to think of actors, but even people like Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl, maybe even Megan Fox or Dwayne Johnson, I can see possible scenarios where they go indie and against type and get a surprise nom.
Actriz: Keanu Reeves is the only actor who I think, based on amount of acting talent, will never have a chance of being nominated for an Oscar.
Miss Frost: Unless you are Adam Sandler, then I would say you (and anyone else) has a shot at being nominated in the span of their lifetime.
dosmax: I feel like Jim Carrey had a few good shots to get a nomination … but he was passed over every time. It’s unlikely he’ll get in with anything else if he didn’t get in for those.
DominicCobb: Jonah Hill became famous for “Superbad.” Six years later he has two Oscar nominations. Anything can happen.
streepfan: Shocked nobody mentioned the one and only … MADONNA.