March 2, 2015 at 6:01 am #181806
Lead Actress has a total of 11 performers snubbed for an Oscar nom after
receiving Globe and SAG noms, Lead Actor has nine.
is excluding actors who may have been tripped up in category-confusion; Lead
Actress had two of those, Cate Blanchett for Bandits and Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies. There was also
a third, Kate Winslet, who was a special case: She was nominated at Globe and
SAG in Lead Actress for Revolutionary Road, but at the Oscars she was
nominated in Lead Actress for The Reader.
In Lead Actor, there hasn’t ever been an actor that got caught up in
category-confusion the way Blanchett and Curtis did. However, there is one who
is one, Leonardo DiCaprio, who is omitted from the poll for the exact reasons
Winslet was in Lead Actress.
For 2006, Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs,
and Critics Choice Awards in Lead Actor for The
Departed (losing all to Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland). At the SAGs, he was nominated in
Supporting for The Departed (losing
to Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls). At
the Oscars, DiCaprio was nominated in Lead Actor for Blood Diamond. It should be
noted, DiCaprio competed against himself for both films at the Golden Globes
and Critics Choice Awards.March 2, 2015 at 6:17 am #181808
My pick for biggest snub goes to John Hawkes for The Sessions. First off, I feel this film was majorly snubbed by the Oscars. It at least got a nom for Helen Hunt, but there was more to the film than just her great performance.
The nominees were winner Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables, Joaquin Phoenix for The Master, and Denzel Washington for Flight.
For me, Hawkes was gave the best leading male performance of the year, even over Day-Lewis. There’s no way he would have been able to stop Day-Lewis from the win, however. Realistically, I would take out one of three actors and put Hawkes in their place: Cooper, Jackman, or Washington.
Outside of Hawkes, the film should have also received nominations for Best Picture and especially Adapted Screenplay. There were only nine nominees for Picture, so it could have been the tenth. But ones I would take out for it would include Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook. In Adapted Screenplay, I would take out Life of Pi or Silver Linings Playbook.
And yes, I am happy that Hunt was recognized for her performance, my very favorite of her entire career. It was nice to see her back in the Oscar race 15 years after winning Lead Actress for As Good As It Gets. But she should have been in Lead the entire time. This is a huge case of category-fraud and quite unfortunate, because I think she would have been safe for the nom. For me, she ranks with Emmanuelle Riva and above the others, winners Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Quvenzhane Wallis, and Naomi Watts. It’s hard to say who she may have bumped out. Chastain and Lawrence were locks. Watts had Critics Choice, Globe, and SAG noms. Riva and Wallis didn’t get Globe or SAG noms, but they did get in at Critics Choice, while Riva also got in and won at BAFTA. Considering the Academy really really really liked both Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild, I would say Hunt would have likely pushed out Watts, who was the one and only nominee for The Impossible.
Back to Lead Actor, I would rank the snubs as follows:
1. Hawkes, The Sessions
2. Carrey, Man on the Moon
3. Hanks, Captain Phillips
4. Giamatti, Sideways
5. Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
6. Crowe, Cinderella Man
7. Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl
8. Gere, Chicago
9. DiCaprio, J. Edgar*
*I absolutely hated the film, J. Edgar.March 2, 2015 at 7:16 am #181809
I went with Gere because it really seemed to be his momento to an Oscar nomination.March 2, 2015 at 8:50 am #181810
1) Paul Giamatti, Sideways
2) Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
3) Jim Carrey, Man on the Moon
4) John Hawkes, The Sessions
5) Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
6) Richard Gere, Chicago
7) Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl
8) Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
9) Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
The top 2 guys were my choices to win Best Actor in their respective years. A damn shame to have come so close without even managing the nominations.March 2, 2015 at 9:03 am #181811
My top 2 from this race are Gyllenhaal and Hawkes. Gyllenhaal was my personal #1 for last year, and Hawkes is sometimes my #1, but sometimes it’s Joaquin Phoenix and sometimes it’s Denis Lavant in Holy Motors. Both unquestionably deserved to be nominated though, and in both cases, it happened to be Bradley Cooper who got in their way.March 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm #181812
Paul Giamatti in Sideways – probably the ony example from above who was actually superior to all the Best Actor nominees in his respective year. I barely knew what the Oscars were at the time, and I already knew Giamatti hadn’t been nominated when I watched Sideways for the first time, but after discovering this gem it was the first time a past Oscar snub has made me slightly upset rather than merely incredulous.
I notice the Derbyites of the day voted for him as Best Actor – shame that wouldn’t happen with the drop-down menu system we have today.March 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm #181813
9. GereMarch 3, 2015 at 12:10 am #181814
Going with Giamatti!
But I could voted for Gyllenhaal or Gosling or Hanks.
And I’m glad for half of those snubs. DiCaprio, Hawkes, Gere, Crowe.March 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm #181815
My vote goes to John Hawkes.
In my opinion he was in the TOP 5 of male acting that year, and was robbed for a nomination.