14 biggest Oscars surprises: Nominated without at least one bid from Critics’ Choice or Globes or SAG

Since the Critics’ Choice Awards were introduced in 1995, 14 performers have reaped Oscar nominations without first contending at either these kudos OR the Screen Actors Guild Awards OR the Golden Globes.

That is good news for the likes of Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner“), Hilary Swank (“The Homesman“), Tom Wilkinson (“Selma“) and Laura Dern (“Wild“) who were snubbed by these precursor prizes. All were at one time in our top five for the Oscars and could be vindicated come nominations morning. 

Below, we profile the lucky few who came out of left field to contend at the Oscars without first having been in the running at at least one of these awards. However, for all of them the nominations had to be reward enough, as none of them won the Oscar.

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)

14 most shocking Oscars snubs:
Despite nominations at Critics’ Choice, Globes and SAG

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)
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)

Will 18 performers with Critics’ Choice, Globes and SAG nominations contend at Oscars too?

Shohreh Aghdashloo, “House of Sand and Fog” (2003) 
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart” (2009) 
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012)

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3 thoughts on “14 biggest Oscars surprises: Nominated without at least one bid from Critics’ Choice or Globes or SAG

  1. Every one of those Supporting Actor nominees deserved it.

    Tommy Lee Jones for “In the Valley of Elah” was a bad choice. I love him but that movie is awful. It’s just an overlong CSI episode.

  2. You forgot a big one. Marcia Gay Harden(Pollock) won the Oscar without any precursor nominations.
    And this year is going to be a bloodbath. Best Actor, Best Actress and Supporting Actress is going to have a lot of no precursor names.

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