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  • FilmGuy619
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    I’m currently watching The Wizard of Oz and as I reflect on Margaret Hamilton’s villainous performance as the Wicked Witch, that I felt was robbed of an Oscar nod, I figured it’d be fun to create a thread where we share our thoughts on which on-screen villains got largely overlooked by the Academy. 

    Some egregious snubs:

    Margaret Hamilton in Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls (2004): I’d say her performance has become more iconic than at least half of the Supporting Actress winners in the past decade. A true breakout turn for her.

    Ben Mendelsohn in Animal Kingdom (2010): While it was nice that Jacki Weaver got props for the film, it was also the cold eyes of Mendelsohn’s psychotic “Pope” Cody that really caught my attention. 

    Sergi Lopez in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006): Probably would’ve been my personal winner for Best Supporting Actor that year.

    Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained  (2012): Interestingly, I thought he played more against type than almost everyone in the actual Supporting Actor lineup. 

    How about you guys? Which villains do you think got badly snubbed? Let’s discuss! 

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    Asgaroth
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    Jeremy Irons as Scar in The Lion King.

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    Manuel Colon
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    Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns!

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    Cheshire
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    Bryce Dallas Howard in The Help
    Imelda Staunton in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
     

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    OnTheAisle
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    The great Anthony Perkins was ignored for the truly terrifying work as
    Norman Bates in Psycho.

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    FilmGuy619
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    Agh. I completely forgot about Anthony Perkins. Good one.

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    Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill/Jame Gumb in Silence of the Lambs

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    David Tomlinson in Mary Poppins even though he isn’t really a villain. Regardless, he’s awesome in the movie.

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    Teridax
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    Margaret Hamilton in Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls (2004): I’d say her performance has become more iconic than at least half of the Supporting Actress winners in the past decade. A true breakout turn for her.

    Ben Mendelsohn in Animal Kingdom (2010): While it was nice that Jacki Weaver got props for the film, it was also the cold eyes of Mendelsohn’s psychotic “Pope” Cody that really caught my attention. 

    Sergi Lopez in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006): Probably would’ve been my personal winner for Best Supporting Actor that year.

    Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained  (2012): Interestingly, I thought he played more against type than almost everyone in the actual Supporting Actor lineup.  

    I couldn’t have said those better myself!

    Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter (1955) and Cape Fear (1962): I’m accept him getting snubbed for TNotH, because it bombed so hard with critics and audiences when it was first released. However, that Cape Fear snub is completely inexcuseable, especially since the eventual winner would be Gregory Peck for To Kill a Mockingbird, where he basically played Gregory Peck the entire movie!

    Brad Pitt in Fight Club (1999): easily one of the most BRUTAL villians in cinema history, I thought he became another person in that movie, and nothing will ever convince me that didn’t deserve at least a nomination.

    Edward G. Robinson in Key Largo (1948): Such brilliant work was a standout, especially in the good-but-not-great movie year of 1948!

    James Cagney in White Heat (1949): Don’t get me wrong, Broderick Crawford was fantastic in All the Kings Men, but Cagney made Cody Jarrett the gangster predecessor of Norman Bates, psychotic mommy fixation and all! Perhaps he could have gotten nominated over John Wayne, who played himself in Sands of Iwo Jima, just he plays hinself in EVERY movie he ever did.

    Anthony Perkins in Psycho (1960) Norman Bates. “Why she wouldn’t hurt a fly.” “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” “We all go a little crazy sometimes.” One of the greatest motion pictures EVER MADE. What more needs to be said?!?!

    Alan Tudyk in Wreck-it Ralph (2012) and John Lithgow in Shrek (2001) Tudyk even won an Annie award for his voice acting, but the competition for Supporting Actor that year was extremely tight, w/ even Leo getting snubbed for Django. Even though Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers would have been more deserving nominees, that doesn’t mean Lithgow wasn’t at all Oscar-worthy himself for his delightfully evil work as Lord Farquad.

    Gregory Peck in The Boys from Brazil (1978) This was a tight category that year, but at least the Globes of all groups, were smart enough to nominate him for his transformative work as Joesph Mengele. Peck was unrecognizeable from any other role in his entire career, and deserved to win the Oscar for this movie, for sure more than To Kill A Mockingbird IMHO.

    I would have said Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), but the fact he was played by two actors in that movie (James Earl Jones as the voice AND David Prowse in the suit itself) makes it confusing for me about who should have been nominated, and how deserving it would have been w/ just one or the other. Maybe they could both have been co-winners!

    Those are all I can think of now. The Academy’s covered quite a lot of them, to be completely honest.

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    Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill/Jame Gumb in Silence of the Lambs

    Great one! He would have been a more deserving winner than Jack Palance in City Slickers, I think.

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    It was never going to happen but….

    Joan Cusack in Addams Family Values (1993) = GOLD. “I’m saying I want you DEAD and I WANT your Money!” Brilliance.

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    Eddy Q
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    Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet (he was nominated that year for Hoosiers instead which I haven’t seen)

    Albert Brooks in Drive

    Pam Ferris in Matilda (this is real “lack of vanity”)

    Ian Holm in Alien

    Philip Stone in The Shining (one of the most underrated one-scene wonders – or technically two-scene except you can’t see him in the second one) 

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    Sergi Lopez in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006): Probably would’ve been my personal winner for Best Supporting Actor that year.

     

    Good choice, except personally I’d say he’s a lead. He has a lot of screen time and is the dominant character in the non-fantasy half of the movie’s structure.

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    edited

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    MrGoodWood
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    It was never going to happen but….

    Joan Cusack in Addams Family Values (1993) = GOLD. “I’m saying I want you DEAD and I WANT your Money!” Brilliance.

    YES! Hilarious performance in a hilarious movie! 

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