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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    It’s kind of impossible to tell sometimes what the future holds for actors. Sometimes an actor will break out all of a sudden and rack up a bunch of nominations (like Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence), or even multiple wins (Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz). Other times an actor who seems particularly Oscar friendly just never gets back in. Who are your most surprising Oscar nominees who have never been back?

    A couple of mine:

    Gwyneth Paltrow: Young, beautiful 20-something starlet wins Best Actress and headlines the Best Picture winner. Very surprising that in almost 20 years since her win she’s never gotten another nomination. There’s time yet, of course, but considering where her career was then you’d think she could have easily pulled one or two more nominations.

    Jake Gyllenhaal: He’s not even 40, so chances are he’ll make it back into the Oscar race, but since “Brokeback Mountain” he has made a number of awards-friendly movies with awards-friendly filmmakers (“Jardhead,” “Zodiac,” “Prisoners,” “Nightcrawler,” “Nocturnal Animals”), but he still can’t find his way back in.

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    SamEckmann
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    Tilda Swinton. I consider her one of the greatest actors alive. She has one win from one nomination (“Michael Clayton” 2007). How on earth has she not returned to the race?

    Since her Oscar win she’s had awards worthy turns in “Julia” (prob my favorite performance of hers), “Benjamin Button”, “I Am Love”, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, “Only Lovers Left Alive”, and “Snowpiercer.” Hell, I’d have thrown her a nomination for playing the White Witch in “Chronicles of Narnia,” she’s fantastic. She seems to not care much about celebrity or playing the traditional Hollywood game, and I think it frees her to be more fearless in the choices she makes with her characters.

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    vinny
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    Three come to mind for me:

    1)Jake Gylenhaal: Nightcrawler should have been his 2nd.
    2) James Caan: His movie choices weren’t always great but “Misery”, “The Gambler”, and “Mickey Blue Eyes” were great roles for him and he knocked them out of the park.
    3)Tilda Swinton: Snowpiercer and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Still baffles me how she lost out on a nom. for the last one but I kinda get why for the 1rst one.

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    Eddy Q
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    Carey Mulligan – whether or not you think she deserved more nominations, she’s been in a lot of prestige projects so it seems surprising she’s never returned as a nominee. Two years ago I certainly wouldn’t have expected Saoirse Ronan to be nominated again before her.

    Paul Giamatti – honestly I don’t know if he’s deserved any nominations since Cinderella Man but he’s ubiquitous so it seems weird that he only has one Oscar nomination. It’s bad enough that he was snubbed for Sideways (and he was deserving for American Splendor the year before as well)

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    Andrew Carden
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    Gene Kelly

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    james14
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    Liam Neeson

    Ryan Gosling

    Tilda Swinton

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    Anonymous
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    Debbie Reynolds.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    ACTORS
    Jeremy Irons
    Bob Hoskins
    Don Cheadle
    Viggo Mortensen
    Gary Oldman
    Steve McQueen
    Robert Mitchum
    Terence Stamp
    Omar Sharif
    George Segal
    Elliott Gould
    Ian Holm
    Kevin Kline
    Dennis Hopper
    Sean Connery
    Harvey Keitel
    Tim Roth
    Greg Kinnear
    Alec Baldwin
    Clive Owen
    Josh Brolin

    ACTRESSES
    Kathleen Turner
    Kristin Scott Thomas
    Diane Lane
    Lee Remick
    Lana Turner
    Sharon Stone
    Elisabeth Shue
    Karen Black
    Lily Tomlin
    Elizabeth McGovern
    Teri Garr
    Alfre Woodard
    Amy Madigan
    Mare Winningham
    Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
    Juliette Lewis
    Uma Thurman
    Lauren Bacall
    Barbara Hershey
    Toni Collette
    Jennifer Connelly
    Patricia Clarkson
    Rachel Weisz
    Maggie Gyllenhaal

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    tennisfreak
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    Samuel L. Jackson

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    jasonface
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    Gary Oldman – One of the most chameleonic actors, if not the most, working today who unbelievably has only picked up one Oscar nomination for his lead performance in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”. His roles in the “Harry Potter” and “Dark Knight” film series are likely his best known which, while both great, is unfortunate because his filmography is so much more expansive than that. While he was worthy in each and every one of the following films, an actual nomination for all of them may be pushing it. Still, there’s no doubt he should have garnered at least a few from any of these: “Sid and Nancy”, “Prick Up Your Ears”, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead”, “JFK”, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “True Romance”, “Léon: The Professional”, “Immortal The Beloved”, “The Contender”.

    Viggo Mortensen – Also perhaps best known for his work in another adventure-fantasy franchise (“Lord of the Rings”), Mortensen received further acclaim with his sole nomination in “Eastern Promises”. He should have received similar Oscar attention for the David Cronenberg films “A History of Violence” and “A Dangerous Method”. Additionally, Mortensen was also very deserving in “The Road” and now “Captain Fantastic” which may just give him that elusive second nod.

    Maggie Gyllenhaal – While Jake undoubtedly deserved an Oscar nomination (maybe even a win) for “Nightcrawler” as well as some more mentions for mysteries like “Zodiac” and “Prisoners”, his sister Maggie has been equally ignored. Gyllenhaal was only recognized once by the Academy in a somewhat surprising supporting nod for “Crazy Heart” which almost felt like a makeup nom for the films “Secretary” and “Sherrybaby”. More recently, she showed her career best work on the television miniseries “The Honourable Women” and turned out another wonderful supporting performance in “Frank”.

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    sofan
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    Lily Tomlin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton. Viggo Mortensen if he misses for Captain Fantastic

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    Jennifer Jason Leigh deserves a second nod. Tilda Swinton and Alfre Woodard also need sophomore recognition.

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    Alex Meyer
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    Tilda Swinton
    Liam Neeson
    Ryan Gosling
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    Harrison Ford
    Forest Whitaker
    Michael Shannon
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Debbie Reynolds

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    Teridax
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    Robert Mitchum

    “Cape Fear” (1962) and “The Night of The Hunter” (1955) were among the best performances of the decades they came out, yet somehow his only nomination is for “The Story of G. I. Joe” (1945). Weird.

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    Teridax
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    Jennifer Jason Leigh deserves a second nod. Tilda Swinton and Alfre Woodard also need sophomore recognition.

    Agreed on all 3 of these exceptionally talented women. Tilda’s Snowpiercer snub still hurts, as does the movies total shut out at the Oscars.

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