Since the Critics’ Choice Awards introduced nominations in 2001, 16 performers have reaped Oscar bids 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 Taraji P. Henson who was snubbed by all three precursor prizes for her lead role in “Hidden Figures.” She is ranked seventh among the Best Actress Oscar contenders and could be vindicated come nominations morning.
Below, we enumerate 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 these the nominations had to be reward enough. And be sure to compare this roster of those who defied the odds and reaped Oscar bids without contending at any of these awards with those 16 performers who were snubbed by the academy despite nominations at the Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes.
(Note: Marcia Gay Harden won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Pollock” without any precursor bids. However, that was in 2000, the year before the Critics’ Choice introduced nominations. Frances McDormand won with that group for both “Almost Famous” and “Wonder Boys,” Kate Hudson took home the Globe for “Almost Famous” and Judi Dench prevailed at SAG for “Chocolat.” All three lost to Harden at the Oscars as did Julie Walters for “Billy Elliot.”)
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)
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” (2014)
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)
Laura Dern, “Wild” (2014)
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