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Al Pacino should have won an Oscar for...
1972 Supporting Actor, "The Godfather"
1973 Lead Actor, "Serpico"
1974 Lead Actor, "The Godfather: Part II"
1975 Lead Actor, "Dog Day Afternoon"
1979 Lead Actor, "...And Justice for All"
1990 Supporting Actor, "Dick Tracy"
1992 Lead Actor, "Scent of a Woman"
1992 Supporting Actor, "Glengarry Glen Ross"
another film he wasn't even nominated for (specify in post)
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Which of Al Pacino's Oscar-nominated performances was most deserving of a win?

Here are Pacino's Oscar-nominated roles, as well as his competition each year:

1972 Supporting Actor, The Godfather
Other nominees:
Eddie Albert, The Heartbreak Kid
James Caan, The Godfather
Robert Duvall, The Godfather
Joel Grey, Cabaret (winner)

1973 Lead Actor, Serpico
other nominees:
Marlon Brando, Last Tango in Paris
Jack Lemmon, Save the Tiger (winner)
Jack Nicholson, The Last Detail
Robert Redford, The Sting
 

1974 Lead Actor, The Godfather: Part II
other nominees:
Art Carney, Harry and Tonto (winner)
Albert Finney, Murder on the Orient Express
Dustin Hoffman, Lenny
Jack Nicholson, Chinatown
 

1975 Lead Actor, Dog Day Afternoon
other nominees:
Walter Matthau, The Sunshine Boys
Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (winner)
Maximilian Schell, The Man with the Glass Booth
James Whitmore, Give 'Em Hell, Harry!
 

1979 Lead Actor, ...And Justice for All
other nominees:
Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer (winner)
Jack Lemmon, The China Syndrome
Roy Scheider, All That Jazz
Peter Sellers, Being There
 

1990 Supporting Actor, Dick Tracy
other nominees:
Bruce Davison, Long Time Companion
Andy Garcia, The Godfather: Part III
Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves
Joe Pesci, GoodFellas (winner)
 

1992 Lead Actor, Scent of a Woman (winner)
other nominees:
Robert Downey, Jr., Chaplin
Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven
Stephen Rea, The Crying Game
Denzel Washington, Malcolm X
 

1992 Supporting Actor, Glengarry Glen Ross
other nominees:
Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game
Gene Hackman, Unforgiven (winner)
Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men 
David Paymer, Mr. Saturday Night 
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Dog Day Afternoon

His best performance by far. You cannot take your eyes of Pacino.

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Its not even a question. He should have won for The Godfather Part II. His performance is considered on of the best in cinema history. Enough said.
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Godfather II, certainly.
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Godfather Part II.
Also I don't understand why he was supporting in Godfather Part I. Kind of a category fraud imo. 
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Honestly he was worthy to win in 1972, 1973, 1974, AND 1975 (not to mention 1992 as well)....he was on a roll in the 70s.  Honestly the years of 1973-1975 belong to him and Jack Nicholson and a win for either one of them in those years would have been deserving. I definitely would give him the win for Serpico and The Godfather Part II. I will toss him a vote for SERPICO as I think he was the best on that list while he was a little closer to Nicholson in 73 and 74.
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Yeah, Pacino should have won on his first three nominations.
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Quote by TaraLauder21
Godfather Part II.
Also I don't understand why he was supporting in Godfather Part I. Kind of a category fraud imo. 
Yeah, Pacino did have a point i boycotting the Oscars that year. He did have more screentime than Brando. He should have been nominated for Best Actor, but Brando was rightfully nominated there. If Pacino won in that in 1972, 1973, and 1974, he would been his generation's Daniel Day-Lewis!
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I would have given him the lead actor Oscar for "The Godfather", the National Society of Film Critics rightfully did,  but it seems silly to give him best supporting actor when he has so much more screentime in that movie than anyone else. So I am going to give him the Oscar for perhaps his most interesting performance in "Dog Day Afternoon".
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From these I went with Godfather 1. I forgot I had voted for him in that film and I certainly havent changed my mind.

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If I have to give him one it deffo for 'Dog Day Afternoon' but I'm not at all sure he should have won in any of these years.
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Pacino was my top choice the years he was nominated for THE GODFATHER PART II & DOG DAY AFTERNOON.  I would rank Dog Day before Godfather 2.
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Pacino was electric in Dog Day Afternnon. One of my favorites.
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Al Pacino is my personal favorite American actor of all time, he was overlooked for the win (and sometimes the nomination) numerous times before getting his make-up award for a lesser performance.

1972 - Joel Grey (Pacino should have been in lead)
1973 - Jack Nicholson (his best performance imo)
1974 - Al Pacino (amazing how he played the same, yet a totally different, character from the first film)
1975 - Al Pacino (brilliant performance, totally commands the screen, brilliant film in general)
1979 - Dustin Hoffman or Roy Scheider (great work from both)
1983 - snubbed for Scarface - Robert Duvall (he was at the top of his game)
1990 - Joe Pesci (undeniable)
1992 - supporting - Gene Hackman (another one of my favorite American actors giving a great performance in a great film)
1992 - lead - Denzel Washington (Washington was a tour-de-force, Pacino got this as a makeup
1997 - snubbed for Donnie Brasco - Jack Nicholson (one of his more sensitive performances)

I wouldn't say he was snubbed for Sea of Love, Godfather Part III, The Insider or Merchant of Venice as he was up against a very competitive field for each of those performances.

Had Angels in America and You Don't Know Jack been released in theaters, he would have been nominated for both, probably won for the former and been competitive for the latter.
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Quote by TaraLauder21
Godfather Part II.
Also I don't understand why he was supporting in Godfather Part I. Kind of a category fraud imo. 
Marlon Brando is responsible for the rest of the male ensemble relegated to the supporting category for the film's Oscar campaign. He wanted no internal competition from his film.