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    Tom Hanks now holds the record of playing the lead in the most nominated Best Pictures without receiving a corresponding Oscar nomination – The Post, Bridge of Spies, Captain Phillips, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Toy Story 3, The Green Mile, and Apollo 13.

    Sometimes once an Oscar has been rewarded, the Academy ignores that individual’s work. Not everyone can rack ’em up like Meryl Streep. Who do you feel won an Oscar and then was unfairly and repeatedly snubbed?

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    Shirley MacLaine won for Terms of Endearment and then was snubbed three years in a row for Madame Soutzka, Steel Magnolias and especially Postcards from the Edge.

    On the commentary track for Postcards Carrie Fisher says Shirley was just shocked when she wasn’t even nominated.

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    Hanks has consecutive wins for Best Actor. His Oscar legacy is cemented there. Multiple wins usually hurt performers from garnering more nominations. Sally Field couldn’t get arrested after her second win (see Hilary Swank) as a modern example of this.

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    Hanks has just played it too safe as an actor over the course of his career, and I feel that’s lost him some clout/respect within the Actors Branch of the Academy. Even the other Tom (Cruise) who is sometimes maligned and maybe not as talented as Hanks, took more risks with his screen image, before he settled into action man mode.

    Hanks doesn’t seem to want to really be anything other than the heroic, all-American archtype or everyman. He may do it very well, but I feel like the Academy expects more from a 5 time nominee and back to back consecutive Best Actor winner.

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    Hanks has just played it too safe as an actor over the course of his career, and I feel that’s lost him some clout/respect within the Actors Branch of the Academy. Even the other Tom (Cruise) who is sometimes maligned and maybe not as talented as Hanks, took more risks with his screen image, before he settled into action man mode.

    Hanks doesn’t seem to want to really be anything other than the heroic, all-American archtype or everyman. He may do it very well, but I feel like the Academy expects more from a 5 time nominee and back to back consecutive Best Actor winner.

    Except for Cloud Atlas, where he played multiple characters that were very different not only from each other but from the usual nice guy everyman Hanks always plays. Just saying, he and Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, and Hugo Weaving ALL would have been believable Oscar nominees on range alone for their performances in that film. Alas, it turned out to be a divisive film passionately loved and hated by many.

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    I know he didn’t win, but Robert Mitchum deserved Oscar nominations for his iconic villainous performances in The Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear. Even when the Academy loved The Sundowners enough to nominate it for Picture, Director, Deborah Kerr in Lead Actress, Screenplay, and even Glynis Johns in Supporting Actress, Mitchum was still snubbed! He was solid and even emotionally deep at times in The Story of G.I. Joe, but it is weird to me how that will forever go down in history as his only Oscar nomination.

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    There’s something very weird about Tom Hanks not being able to score an Oscar nom since 2000 despite starring in many Oscar nominated movies

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    Hanks has just played it too safe as an actor over the course of his career, and I feel that’s lost him some clout/respect within the Actors Branch of the Academy. Even the other Tom (Cruise) who is sometimes maligned and maybe not as talented as Hanks, took more risks with his screen image, before he settled into action man mode.

    Hanks doesn’t seem to want to really be anything other than the heroic, all-American archtype or everyman. He may do it very well, but I feel like the Academy expects more from a 5 time nominee and back to back consecutive Best Actor winner.

    Except for Cloud Atlas, where he played multiple characters that were very different not only from each other but from the usual nice guy everyman Hanks always plays. Just saying, he and Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, and Hugo Weaving ALL would have been believable Oscar nominees on range alone for their performances in that film. Alas, it turned out to be a divisive film passionately loved and hated by many.

    It might have been an honorable attempt to do something different by Hanks, but it was a divisive performance (not just film) that was never going to get him near Oscar in any circumstance. Too many critics found the whole conciet of the entire cast being caked in make-up to play all these characters silly and unconvincing. I recall one review saying they’d never seen so many Oscar winners utilised so badly by a director (referring specifically to Berry and Hanks).

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    I know he didn’t win, but Robert Mitchum deserved Oscar nominations for his iconic villainous performances in The Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear. Even when the Academy loved The Sundowners enough to nominate it for Picture, Director, Deborah Kerr in Lead Actress, Screenplay, and even Glynis Johns in Supporting Actress, Mitchum was still snubbed! He was solid and even emotionally deep at times in The Story of G.I. Joe, but it is weird to me how that will forever go down in history as his only Oscar nomination.

    Absolutely. Mitchum’s lack of more consistent Academy acknowledgement was strange, because he was a huge star for decades as well as an excellent actor. Not sure why the Academy never took to him. Maybe he never “played” the game, or they thought he did too many genre films.

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    There are some actors that the Academy (and not just them, but audiences and critics too) simply take for granted because we’ve seen them so many times. Because we’ve seen them so many times, it seems as though we’ve seen their entire range and so in order for them to get another nomination, they have to do something really out-of-the-box (for them), surprise the audience and thus the critics and audience again, and make them seem like a new actor. Sally Field was noted here and honestly, she gave very good to excellent but predictable performances for a long while until Lincoln reminded people just how good she could be. I also wonder how much her TV work helped her reforge a new identity starting with her guest stint on ER where she played bipolar and got some notices which then lead to her Emmy-winning starring role on a drama.

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    Absolutely. Mitchum’s lack of more consistent Academy acknowledgement was strange, because he was a huge star for decades as well as an excellent actor. Not sure why the Academy never took to him. Maybe he never “played” the game, or they thought he did too many genre films.

    He was a prickly man. Personality can overshadow acknowledgement of talent for performers and creators.

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    Absolutely. Mitchum’s lack of more consistent Academy acknowledgement was strange, because he was a huge star for decades as well as an excellent actor. Not sure why the Academy never took to him. Maybe he never “played” the game, or they thought he did too many genre films.

    He was a prickly man. Personality can overshadow acknowledgement of talent for performers and creators.

    Robert Mitchum, along with Rex Harrison and Russell Crowe, are prime examples of how to turn off the Academy and ruin future Oscar chances with bad behavior.

    Let’s talk about Mitchum specifically.

    Shortly after his nomination for The Story of G.I. Joe, he was arrested for assaulting a cop.

    On the set of Undercurrent, he often got into heated arguments with Katharine Hepburn.

    On the set of Desire Me, he often got into screaming matches with George Cukor, did everything to make sure his breath smelled bad whenever he had to film a kissing scene with Greer Garson, and one time completely trashed a set as part of a “prank” that resulted in $10,000 ($123,000 in today’s money) worth of damage.

    In 1948, he was arrested for possession of marijuana, and served 50 days in jail.

    On the set of The Big Steal, he often showed up late… and drunk.

    While working on the film One Minute to Zero, he got into a bar fight with – and badly beat up – an off-duty American soldier… during the height of the Korean War, a period where that type of behavior would be a gigantic no-no.

     

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