Starting a new poll series on actors, directors, and maybe other areas of film that have never earn Oscar nominations and which project you think was their most worthy to earn them a nomination.
To start, we focus on the great John Goodman. Often times a collaborator with the Coen Brothers, Goodman has been apart of many nominated movies and two consecutive Best Picture winners (The Artist/Argo) but has never been nominated himself.
Which performance do you think was his most worthy that should have earned him a nomination?
“Raising Arizona” 1987
“Barton Fink” 1991
“The Big Lebowski” 1998
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” 2000
“Beyond the Sea” 2004
“The Artist” 2011
“Inside Llewyn Davis” 2013
For me, it is O Brother, Where Art Thou? I would have also nominated him instead of Alan Arkin for Argo. While Arkin is great a funny it would have been nice to see Goodman get nominated since he helped bring humor to that movie with Arkin. He’s excellent in Rasing Arizona and Barton Fink as well and I think he is very underrated in Beyond the Sea with Kevin Spacey.
John Goodman is a great actor, but I think he was Oscar-worthy in Barton Fink, and should’ve garnered nominations for The Big Lebowski and Argo. He was terrible in Beyond the Sea, and the rest were not really performances I’d consider for awards. There are many you don’t mention for some reason, such as Bringing Out the Dead, Masked and Anonymous, Gigantic and his brilliant performance in True Stories
He is one of those actors who just always brings something great to his roles. Whenever people say ‘overdue for a nomination’, I instantly think of Goodman. My favourite performances were in O Brother Where art Thou, Argo, Flight but especially The Big Lebowski. I would say he simply needs a standout performance in a critically acclaimed film, but he’s had so many of those that I don’t even know if that’s the case. It almost feels like the academy just takes him for granted when they see him in a good movie.
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Honestly, he probably would’ve been my Supporting Actor winner for Barton Fink (and at worst, second to Tommy Lee Jones in JFK). Wonderful work there and some range. He’d have made a fun nominee for The Big Lebowski too, though I can’t recall if he quite makes my top 5 as of now.