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  • clay bryce
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    There are movies we have seen with actors giving performances that were stellar and phenomenal and afterwards you are convinced they will win the Oscar and then they aren’t even nominated.

    For me, the best example I can think of off-hand, is Shirley MacLaine in Postcards from the Edge. Playing a movie star/monster to the hilt, she sings, she dances, she gets to say many great one-liners and she gets a couple of dramatic scenes, particularly one in a hospital room, where she shows off what she does best. And then, damn; she’s not even nominated. Even 26 years later, it still astonishes me. Many actors have won Oscars for doing way less than Ms. MacLaine does here and brilliantly at best.

    Arguments could also be made for her performance in Madame Sousatzka, another great tour de force by Shirley MacLaine as well.

    I also really adore Judith Anderson’s performance as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. From her first scene on, she comes in and damn near steals her every scene from the other superb actors around her. Just the look on her face when Big Daddy berates her is simply incredible and a marvel of quiet, anguished acting.

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    AugB
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    So many. But I’ll be succinct.

    Liv Ullmann in: Autumn Sonata, Persona, Shame.
    Marcello Mastroianni in: Family Diary, La Dolce Vita, The Stranger.
    Marion Cotillard in: Rust and Bone, Nine, Inception, The Immigrant.
    Tilda Swinton in: The Deep End, Snowpiercer, I Am Love, We Need to Talk About Kevin.
    Barbara Stanwyck in: All I Desire, The Furies.
    Gena Rowlands in: Another Woman.
    Humphrey Bogart in: The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Maltese Falcon and In a Lonely Place.
    Maggie Smith in: The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, The Lady in The Van.
    Laurence Olivier in: Spartacus.

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    jasonface
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    Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive
    Dakota Fanning in I Am Sam
    Tilda Swinton in The Deep End, Julia, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Snowpiercer
    Isabelle Huppert in The Piano Teacher
    Michelle Pfeiffer in White Oleander
    Nicole Kidman in Dogville, Birth
    Kevin Bacon in The Woodsman
    Bruno Ganz in Downfall
    Ray Winstone in The Proposition
    Ulrich Muhe in The Lives of Others
    Ben Foster in 3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger, Lone Survivor, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
    Kristin Scott Thomas in I’ve Loved You So Long
    Michelle Williams in Wendy and Lucy
    Melanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds
    Sam Rockwell in Moon
    Choi Min-sik in Oldboy, I Saw the Devil
    Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine, Drive
    Michael Shannon in Take Shelter
    Michael Fassbender in Hunger, Shame, Macbeth
    Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road, The Departed, Django Unchained
    Adele Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Colour
    Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone
    Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
    Tom Hardy in Bronson, Locke, Legend
    Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria
    Nina Hoss in Phoenix
    Jacob Tremblay in Room

    To me, all of these performances were pretty worthy of a win but at the least very worthy of a nomination.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage
    Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz
    Myrna Loy in The Best Years of Our Lives
    Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus
    Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Adam’s Rib
    James Cagney in White Heat
    Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain
    John Wayne in The Searchers
    Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot
    Anthony Perkins in Psycho
    Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night
    Matt Damon and Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Cher in Mask
    Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent
    Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips

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    Andrew Carden
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    Joan Allen in Pleasantville

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (2012) – Adele Heals 007’s Oscar Wounds

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    TheRedBoy
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    Judy Garland won an Oscar for The Wizard of Oz despite the fact that she wasn’t even nominated for one! Who else is doing it?

    Otherwise, Helena Bonham Carter should have been nominated/ possibly awarded for A Room With A View.

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    marcelo
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    katherine Hepburn,Bringing up Baby
    Kathy Bates, Dolores Clayborne
    Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
    Gene Hackmann, The Conversation
    Meryl Streep, Death Becomes her
    Joan Crawford, Baby Jane
    Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
    Cher,Mask

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    Red Duke Mata
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    Sarah Jessica Parker in “The Family Stone”.

    Dakota Fanning in “The Secret Life Of Bees”

    Jessica Chastain in “A Most Violent Year” and “Interstellar”

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    Manuel Colon
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    Bjork in ”Dancer in the Dark”
    Rooney Mara in ”Side Effects”

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    GusCruz
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    Fellow posters have done a good job of listing names. I’d say that from this decade, my #1 pick would be Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour.

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    clementine
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    Joan Allen – The Upside of Anger

    Foiled by an early release date.

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    Teridax
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    Jack Nicholson- The Shining

    Jake Gyllenhaal- Donnie Darko and Nightcrawler

    Abraham Attah and Idris Elba- Beasts of No Nation

    Peter Lorre- M

    Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, and Peter Lorre- Arsenic and Old Lace

    Lionel Barrymore- It’s a Wonderful Life

    Idris Elba- Pacific Rim

    Kevin Costner- The Untouchables

    Rachel McAdams- Mean Girls

    Robert Mitchum- Cape Fear

    M. Emmett Walsh- Blood Simple

    Mark Wahlberg and Alfred Molina- Boogie Nights

    Ray Liotta- Goodfellas

    Mark Hamill- The Empire Strikes Back

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, and Albert Finney- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

    Gregory Peck- The Boys From Brazil

    Dev Patel- Slumdog Millionaire

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson- The Departed

    Sean Connery and Harry Andrews- The Hill

    Sidney Poitier- Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

    Jeff Bridges and John Goodman- The Big Lebowski

    Steve Carell- The Big Short

    Robert Redford- All is Lost

    Eddie Murphy- Shrek (The Baftas didn’t seem to mind his was a voice-over performance, to bad the Academy did and snubbed Murphy)

    Andy Serkis- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Bruce Willis- 12 Monkeys and The Sixth Sense

    Edward Norton- Fight Club

    Brad Pitt- Fight Club

    Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, and Steve Buscemi- Reservoir Dogs

    Robert de Niro- Mean Streets

    Van Heflin- Airport

    Telly Savalas- The Dirty Dozen

    Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier- Spartacus

    Eli Wallach- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes- In Bruges

    Dennis Hopper- Blue Velvet

    Sterling Hayden- The Asphalt Jungle

    Humphrey Bogart- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    Alan Rickman- Die Hard

    Robert Downey Jr.- Iron Man

    Sean Connery- Goldfinger

    Javier Bardem- Skyfall

    John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, and Alan Tudyk- Wreck-it Ralph

    Tom Kenny- The 1st Spongebob Squarepants Movie (YES, you read that correctly)

    Orson Welles- Touch of Evil

    Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter- Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston- Soylent Green

    Edward G. Robinson- Key Largo

    Fred MacMurray- Double Indemnity and The Apartment

    Charles Laughton- Advise and Consent and Spartacus

    James Stewart- The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Vertigo

    Henry Fonda- Once Upon a Time In The West

    Tilda Swinton- Snowpiercer

    Cynthia Nixon- James White

    George C. Scott- Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Michael Ironside- Total Recall

    Linda Hamilton- Terminator 2: Judgement Day

    Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, and Nancy Cartwright- The Simpsons Movie

    Andy Griffith- A Face In The Crowd

    Albert Brooks- Drive

    Leonardo DiCaprio- Catch Me If You Can and Shutter Island

    Christian Bale- American Psycho

    Lee J. Cobb- 12 Angry Men

    Dustin Hoffman- Little Big Man

    Jim Carrey- The Truman Show

    Brendan Gleeson- The Guard

    Robert Shaw- Jaws

    Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, and Frances O’ Connor- A.I. Artificial Intelligence

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    Sab227
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    I completely agree about Dan, Julie ad Nancy for The Simpsons Movie especially Julie who was the heart and soul of the film

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    Teridax
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    I completely agree about Dan, Julie ad Nancy for The Simpsons Movie especially Julie who was the heart and soul of the film

    Thank you! I loved Julie Kavner so much I honestly believe she would have been a more deserving Best Actress winner than ANY of the 5 actual Oscar nominees in that category, as much as I also loved Ellen Page in Juno.

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    Alex Meyer
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    Marlon Brando—Apocalypse Now
    Brad Pitt—The Tree Of Life
    Margaret Hamilton—The Wizard Of Oz
    Robert De Niro—The King Of Comedy

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