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  • Entertain-me
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    The following actors never won a competive Best Actor Oscar even though they were contenders on at least once occasion. Some were never even nominated. Some won Oscars in other categories (supporting, writing, directing, producing, honorary) but never in the lead actor category.

    I have gone through and selected one performance from each that I find to be a sample of their best work. 

    Go ahead and list your top and bottom performances from the list below. What performances haven’t you seen and are curious to see? Which performers/performances did I leave out and should have included?

    Joaquin Phoenix for The Master (2012)
    Richard Burton for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    Kirk Douglas for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
    Clint Eastwood for Unforgiven (1992)
    Peter O’Toole for The Lion in Winter (1968)
    Donald Sutherland for Ordinary People (1980)
    Cary Grant for The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    Rock Hudson for Pillow Talk (1959)
    James Dean for East of Eden (1955)
    Albert Finney for Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
    Joseph Cotten for The Third Man (1949)
    Peter Sellers for Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    Jim Carrey for The Truman Show (1998)
    Tony Curtis for Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    Anthony Perkins for Psycho (1960)
    Marcello Mastroianni for A Special Day (1977)
    Tom Cruise for Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
    Robert Redford for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    Warren Beatty for Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    Richard Harris for This Sporting Life (1963)
    Gene Kelly for Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
    William Powell for The Thin Man (1934)
    Robert Montgomery for Night Must Fall (1937)
    Leslie Howard for Romeo and Juliet (1936)
    Errol Flynn for The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    Mickey Rooney for Babes in Arms (1939)
    Montgomery Clift for A Place in the Sun (1951)
    Charles Boyer for Conquest (1937)
    Walter Pidgeon for How Green Was My Valley (1941)
    Gene Wilder for Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Max von Sydow for The Virgin Spring (1961)
    Robert Mitchum for The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    Orson Welles for Citizen Kane (1941)
    John Travolta for Pulp Fiction (1994)
    Charlie Chaplin for City Lights (1931)
    Leonardo DiCaprio for The Aviator (2004)
    Johnny Depp for Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    Brad Pitt for Moneyball (2011)
    George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009)
    Harrison Ford for Witness (1985)
    Bob Hoskins for Mona Lisa (1986)
    Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    Robin Williams for The Fisher King (1991)
    Woody Allen for Annie Hall (1977)
    Michael Caine for Alfie (1966)
    Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    Steve McQueen for Papillon (1973)
    Alan Arkin for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
    John Mills for Hobson’s Choice (1954)
    Ryan O’Neal for Paper Moon (1973)
    John Cusack for The Grifters (1991)
    River Phoenix for My Own Private Idaho (1991)
    Peter Lorre for M (1931)
    Raul Julia for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
    Hugh Grant for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
    John Barrymore for Twentieth Century (1934)
    Walter Huston for The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
    Anthony Quinn for Zorba the Greek (1964)
    James Earl Jones for The Great White Hope (1970)
    Ralph Richardson for The Fallen Idol (1948)
    Walter Matthau for The Odd Couple (1968)
    Morgan Freeman for Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
    Tim Robbins for The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    Danny Kaye for The Court Jester (1955)
    Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine (2010)
    Jean-Louis Trintignant for Amour (2012)

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    Entertain-me
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    My top 10…
    10.River Phoenix for My Own Private Idaho
    9.  Gene Kelly for Singin’ in the Rain
    8. Peter Lorre for M
    7. Max von Sydow for The Virgin Spring 
    6. Leslie Howard for Romeo and Juliet
    5. Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain
    4. Gene Wilder for Young Frankenstein
    3. Richard Burton for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    2. Charlie Chaplin for City Lights 
    1. Anthony Perkins for Psycho

    My Bottom 5…
    5. Raul Julia for Kiss of the Spider Woman
    4. Walter Pidgeon for How Green Was My Valley
    3. Anthony Quinn for Zorba the Greek
    2. Morgan Freeman for Driving Miss Daisy
    1. Danny Kaye for The Court Jester 

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    Halo_Insider
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    Top 10
    1) Robert Mitchum, The Night of the Hunter
    2) Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove
    3) Anthony Perkins, Psycho
    4) Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
    5) Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
    6) Peter Lorre, M
    7) Peter O’Toole, The Lion in Winter
    8) Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain
    9) Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
    10) Tim Robbins, The Shawshank Redemption 

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    Problemchild
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    Peter O’Toole, The Lion in Winter

    Richard Burton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda

    Laurence Fishburne, What’s Love Got to Do with It?

    Heath Leadger, Brokeback Mountain

    Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line

    Eddie Murphy, The Nutty Professor

    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator

    Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption

    Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness

    Richard Gere, Chicago

    Edward Norton, American History X

     

     

     

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    Cameron Fansler
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    1. Brad Pitt, Moneyball
    2. Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
    3. Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine 
    4. Donald Sutherland, Ordinary People
    5. Tim Robbins, The Shawshank Redemption
    6. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
    7. Anthony Perkins, Psycho
    8. Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands
    9. Warren Beatty, Bonnie and Clyde
    10. Harrison Ford, Witness 

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    benbraddock
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    the 5 best acting performances by a male lead to NEVER
    win an oscar….

    RICHARD BURTON- WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
    PETER O’TOOLE- THE LION IN WINTER
    ANTHONY PERKINS- PSYCHO
    MALCOLM MCDOWELL- A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
    ALBERT FINNEY- TOM JONES

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    ConMan
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    Afew more to add-

    James Franco in 127 Hours
    Thomas Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
    Hugh Jackman in Prisoners
    Robert Mitchum in Night Of The Hunter
    Al Pacino in Godfather II
    Joaquin Phoenix in Her

    Also, inevitably…

    Bill Murray in St. Vincent 

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