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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    I don’t mean Oscar auditions like when you give a good speech at the Golden Globes and it helps your campaign (I don’t necessarily put too much stock in that, except in rare cases when it plays into a pre-existing narrative). I mean when you give a heralded performance that gets snubbed, but then they make it up to you with your next role. This year Brie Larson did that: career breakthrough in “Short Term 12,” now a likely win for “Room.”

    Catherine Zeta-Jones did it, snubbed for “Traffic” and then won a couple years later for “Chicago.”

    Halle Berry did it, in a way. She proved her serious-actress cred in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” on HBO, and then the Oscars awarded her for “Monster’s Ball” just a couple of years later.

    Who else has done it, and who else could? I think Michael B. Jordan could do it, depending on his future projects: he’s already got two Oscar auditions under his belt (“Fruitvale” and “Creed”), so he’s primed for that first nomination.

    After “Love and Mercy,” I think Elizabeth Banks might be able to score on her next prestige project. 

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    FilmGuy619
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    One who could is Joel Edgerton for Loving. He made the rounds last year for Black Mass and that could serve as groundwork for Loving which seems quite baity (based on real-life interracial couple fighting for equal rights.). Also, even though she didn’t win, Felicity Jones got plenty of breakthrough notices for Like Crazy before Oscar officially came a calling with The Theory of Everything.

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    Mad Max Guitarist
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    Robert De Niro was arguably snubbed for Mean Streets and then a year later won for The Godfather Part II. And to a lesser extent Christian Bale. He did great work starting from American Psycho until rewarded with one for The Fighter

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    BamaEd
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    To me one very big example is Jeremy Irons. Dead Ringers came out in 1988 and won Irons wide acclaim and the NYFCC award for Best Actor. Two years later, the brilliance of his performance in Reversal of Fortune won him Oscar gold. 

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    Scarlett Johannsson and Cameron Diaz have had many Oscar auditions. Logan Lerman in Fury I think is one. Ezra Miller in Kevin and Perks. Emma Watson in Noah, Perks, the Bling Ring, and the upcoming The Circle.

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    Michael Norris
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    Shailene Woodley is still auditioning.

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    Some might argue Matthew McConaughey. There were a good number of organizations giving him Supporting Actor mentions for Magic Mike just as his career was turning back around (Wins at New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics, plus a nomination at BFCA) and then he of course won the following year for Dallas Buyers Club.

    Andrew Garfield is one to watch out for. His omission for The Social Network was given some attention back when it occurred and he had an emotional performance in 99 Homes (though it was largely unnoticed outside of Michael Shannon’s work). This year, he has the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s new film, so I’m curious to see if it’s baity enough to land him some traction this awards season.

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    Poor Joseph Gordon Levitt has had a billion! 500 Days of Summer, 50/50, Looper, Lincoln, Don Jon, The Walk, and now Snowden. Also Channing Tatum with Haywire, Side Effects, Foxcatcher, and Hail Caesar.

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    In 1938, James Stewart wasn’t nominated for the Best Picture winner “You Can’t Take It With You” and then was nominated the following year in 1939 for “Mr Smith Goes to Washington”. He didn’t win until the year after in 1940 for “The Philaladelphia Story”.

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    Still waiting on Jack Black and his terrific turns in School of Rock and Bernie….

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    Jennifer Connelly recieved plenty of notices and some lesser nominations for Requiem for a Dream (she was also in Pollock) then won the following year for A Beautiful Mind. She had been in plenty of movies before, but nothing as noticeable as her performance in Requiem. 

    Sandra Bullock had her first big “could she be a nominee?” moment with Crash, then Infamous until she finally got it for The Blind Side. Of course these were not her breakthrough performance, but at least she was showing signs and the next one did it for her. 

    I personally would say Russell Crowe was snubbed for LA Confidential, he had his Oscar streak kind of right after that.  

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    Brie Larson got snubbed with Short Term 12 and now she’s winning with Room.

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    Eddie Redmayne broke through with Les Mis, won with The Theory of Everything.

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    To me one very big example is Jeremy Irons. Dead Ringers came out in 1988 and won Irons wide acclaim and the NYFCC award for Best Actor. Two years later, the brilliance of his performance in Reversal of Fortune won him Oscar gold. 

    This was so self-evident that Irons even thanked Cronenberg on stage when he accepted his REVERSAL Oscar.  

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    Bette Davis was snubbed in 1934 for Of Human Bondage. Outrage prompted the Academy to permit a write in vote. Voting results were then released and Davis came in third. She won Best Actress in 1935 for the far inferior work in Dangerous.

    Cher was snubbed for her incredible, Cannes Film Festival Best Actress winning performance in Mask in 1985 and then won in 1987 for Moonstruck.

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