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Why did Jim Carrey Fail an Oscar nomination for The Truman Show?

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    Since the Golden Globes began, he is one of only two men ever to win Best Actor (Drama) and then fail an Oscar nomination. I’m not sure if a woman holds this distinction as well. This makes his slight all the more odd. What happened? The academy clearly liked The Truman Show enough to honor it with other nominations, including a surprise Best Director citation. What gives?

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    ETPhoneHome
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    A strong Best actor lineup was the biggest reason. Other than Benigni, who the academy liked enough to win, there isn’t someone who didn’t deserve the nomination. I would have picked Carrey over Nolte, but that’s just me.

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    Two things I think:

    1) A very strong Best Actor competition.
    2) They likely saw Carrey as a “comedy actor”. His previous popular works were for Ace Ventura, Liar Liar and The Mask and the idea of him being nominated for an Oscar seemed ridiculous to them. It seemed like, to them, he was nothing more than a silly comedy actor.

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    Since the Golden Globes began, he is the only actor ever to win Best Actor (Drama) and then fail an Oscar nomination. I’m not sure if a woman holds this distinction as well (he might be the only Drama winner period to have this record).

    Omar Sharif suffered this, too, unfortunately. He won Best Actor for Doctor Zhivago.  

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    Jason Travis
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    Wow- forgot about Omar Sharf! Crazy. 

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    Also I always felt 1998 was a relatively weak year for lead actor; after all, Roberto Benigni won. But perhaps by strongest, we mean the competition. Edward Norton was a nice addition.

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    totally would have nominated him over benigni. but the winner will always be ian mckellen if it was for me.

    and shirley mclaine also had the same fate with mrs. sousatzka, she won the best drama actress at the globes at that crazy one and only three-way tie with weaver and foster 

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    Wow- forgot about Omar Sharf! Crazy. 

    I’m fairly certain the same happened with Richard Gere, where he won the Globe for Chicago but was left off the Oscar ballot.-

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    Happened to Kate Winslet as well, winning for Revolutionary Road.

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    Kate Winslet doesn’t count at all, because she was nominated and won in lead for The Reader.

    Jim Carrey…. *sigh*
    I doubt he’ll ever get an Oscar nom, even when he gave a worthy performance. Not only the Truman Show, but also Man in the Moon and Eternal Sunshine in the Spotless Mind were overlooked. 

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    [quote=”Jason_Travis”]Wow- forgot about Omar Sharf! Crazy. 

    I’m fairly certain the same happened with Richard Gere, where he won the Globe for Chicago but was left off the Oscar ballot.-

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    He won for comedy/musical.Comedy/musical winners got left off the ballot all the time tbh. 

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    I think that comedic, commercial actors usually need to get at least one acclaimed and awarded performance under their belt before the oscars will welcome them in. I think thats the same reason Diaz didn’t get in for Being John Malkovich, and part of the reason McCaughnaghey(i will never know how to spell his name) didn’t get in for Magic Mike. I feel like they don’t like to let you in on the first try

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    because he’s absolutely terrible in it.

    The only person who isn’t actually meant to be acting is the only one performing for the camera.

    He needed to be told that he was playing a character and not himself.

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    Kate Winslet doesn’t count at all, because she was nominated and won in lead for The Reader.

    Jim Carrey…. *sigh*
    I doubt he’ll ever get an Oscar nom, even when he gave a worthy performance. Not only the Truman Show, but also Man in the Moon and Eternal Sunshine in the Spotless Mind were overlooked. 

    I give him credit for fighting for his credibility. He’s worked with some terrific directors; Zemeckis, Weir, FF Coppola; worked in a film with an Oscar-winning screenplay.

    He’s probably thought of this, but I think he needs to work with another A-list director, preferably in a war film, drama, where he shows yet again an extended side of himself that audiences (dont wish to see) from him. The film is a hit, and he receives critical acclaim; but he misses the nomination, much to everyone’s chagrin. Then, in the following years, he follows it up with another critically reviewed film/perf which goes on to win BP. He’s finally in the club with a nomination, but he loses to a fresh, up-and-coming relative newbie; or, he is defeated by a respected Veteran.

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    Truman Show had a major Oscar meltdown anyway! No Best Picture? Harris, Weir and screenplay only? It got overshadowed by so many movies. Things changed so fast at the end of that nominating period. Miramax flooded the voters with so many things. Then Norton got that surprise nomination because everyone loved him from their 1996 exposure to him and watched American History X.

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