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  • Daniel B.
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    Peter O’Toole holds the distinction of having the most acting nominations without ever winning a competitive Oscar.

    Which of his eight Oscar-nominated performances was the most deserving of a win?

    Here are O’Toole’s Oscar-nominated roles, as well as his competition each year:

    1962 Lead Actor, Lawrence of Arabia
    other nominees:
    Burt Lancaster, Birdman of Alcatraz
    Jack Lemmon, Days of Wine and Roses
    Marcello Mastroianni, Divorce, Italian Style
    * Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird (winner)

    1964 Lead Actor, Becket
    other nominees:
    Richard Burton, Becket
    Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady (winner)
    Anthony Quinn, Zorba the Greek
    Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying…



    1968 Lead Actor, The Lion in Winter
    other nominees:
    Alan Arkin, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    Alan Bates, The Fixer
    * Cliff Robertson, Charly (winner)
    Ron Moody, Oliver!

    1969 Lead Actor, Goodbye, Mr. Chips
    other nominees:
    Richard Burton, Anne of the Thousand Days
    Dustin Hoffman, Midnight Cowboy
    Jon Voight, Midnight Cowboy
    * John Wayne, True Grit (winner)

    1972 Lead Actor, The Ruling Class
    other nominees:
    * Marlon Brando, The Godfather (winner)
    Michael Caine, Sleuth
    Laurence Olivier, Sleuth
    Paul Winfield, Sounder

    1980 Lead Actor, The Stunt Man
    other nominees:
    * Robert De Niro, Raging Bull (winner)
    Robert Duvall, The Great Santini
    John Hurt, The Elephant Man
    Jack Lemmon, Tribute

    1982 Lead Actor, My Favorite Year
    other nominees:
    Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie
    * Ben Kingsley, Gandhi (winner)
    Jack Lemmon, Missing
    Paul Newman, The Verdict

    2006 Lead Actor, Venus
    other nominees:
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond
    Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson
    Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
    * Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland (winner)

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    Anthony
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    #542134

    No contest. The Lion in Winter. He was stellar in that and amongst his competition, it should have been easy.

    Had he won for Lawrence of Arabia, I would’ve been fine with that but I am on the Gregory Peck train for that year.

    I honestly would’ve given him the win for Venus as I wasn’t particularly enamored by the rest of the nominees.   

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    #542135

    I chose Lawrence of Arabia, his most famous role (and it was his debut performance, I believe!), but its hard to choose between Lawrence of Arabia and The Lion in Winter. Both are extremely stellar performances. 

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    Daniel B.
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    #542136

    Even though Lawrence of Arabia seems like the role he is most remembered for, is it really that easy just to take away Gregory Peck’s Oscar for an even more career-defining role in To Kill a Mockingbird?

    O’Toole has always faced incredibly tough, legendary competition, and you either couldn’t argue who deserved it that year (Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird, Brando in The Godfather, De Niro in Raging Bull, Kingsley in Gandhi, Whitaker in Last King of Scotland), or if an undeserving winner emerged in a year O’Toole was nominated, there was often an even more deserving winner among the list of nominees (Sellers for Dr. Strangelove, Dustin Hoffman for Midnight Cowboy).

    It appears that the only year he seemed like the best choice to win was in 1968 for his role in The Lion in Winter, which is what I voted for in this poll.

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    Daniel B.
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    No contest. The Lion in Winter. He was stellar in that and amongst his competition, it should have been easy.

    Had he won for Lawrence of Arabia, I would’ve been fine with that but I am on the Gregory Peck train for that year.

    I honestly would’ve given him the win for Venus as I wasn’t particularly enamored by the rest of the nominees.   

    I also would have been happy seeing O’Toole take home an Oscar for Venus with his 8th nomination, over Forest Whitaker who won with his 1st nomination. 

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    Baby Clyde
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    They royally fucked up the ‘Venus’ campaign. It should have been a coronation. There was no proper reason to reward Forest Whittaker.

    Can’t for the life of me work how Cliff Robertson won. Should have been O’Toole’s easily.

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    Daniel B.
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    I was sad when O’Toole announced his retirement. Not because he doesn’t deserve to finally retire at 80 and enjoy the rest of his life without working, but because he never got to win that Oscar.

    According to IMDB, he has two films that are in post-production: Katherine of Alexandria (release date: 2012, whatever that means) and Mary Mother of Christ (to be released 2013). I wonder if either of those films can gain some Oscar traction for O’Toole. 

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    unsunganthem
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    #542140

    The Lion in Winter is my all-time favorite movie. Peter O’Toole deserved an Oscar for that performance, hands down. I relish each moment he is sparring with Katharine Hepburn. He was only 35 when he made the film! This scene…so memorable:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf9q3npuKl4 

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    JayDF
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    Lawrence of Arabia was the only year in which O’Toole is my top choice, although I could support him throughly for My Favorite Year or Venus.  I enjoyed him in The Lion In Winter, but he was a bit hammy and not in an all together good way like in My Favorite Year…I place both the Alan’s before him that year.  I’m not really a fan or his work in either The Ruling Class or The Stunt Man and I can’t really put a finger on why, I just don’t care for those films much.  Outstanding work in Becket, on the fence about Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

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    Malick
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    #542142

    Peter should’ve won for “Venus”.

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    allabout oscars
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    IMO he was the best just twice and shouldve won for

    1968  The Lion in Winter
    2006  Venus

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    SouthernManz
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    He’s brilliant in “The Ruling Class” and “My Favorite Year”, but the historical splendor of “The Lion in Winter” should’ve swept him to a win in 1968.

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    vinny
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    I was sad when O’Toole announced his retirement. Not because he doesn’t deserve to finally retire at 80 and enjoy the rest of his life without working, but because he never got to win that Oscar.

    According to IMDB, he has two films that are in post-production: Katherine of Alexandria (release date: 2012, whatever that means) and Mary Mother of Christ (to be released 2013). I wonder if either of those films can gain some Oscar traction for O’Toole. 

    I could actually see him winning for the second one if he has a really juicy role. I really want him to win an Oscar.   

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    Jake
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    #542146

    Easy. 1968, “The Lion in Winter”. That was the right year and right performance.

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    black30
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    There was no proper reason to reward Forest Whittaker.

    There was no proper reason reward that bitch in your avatar. 

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