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