9 Actors That Keep Getting Snubbed at the Academy Awards – MovieWeb

Sometimes the Academy Awards overlook some of Hollywood’s best performers.
Hollywood has a myriad of amazing performers that make audiences lose their breath through each of their performances. From Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Daniel Day- Lewis, Tom Hanks, and so forth, these actors give a movie-going experience that makes audiences loyal fans of their work, while also bringing them recognition from the Academy Awards Ceremony every year. Nevertheless, there are actors whose equally powerful work doesn’t quite get them to the finish line during awards season. Here are nine actors that keep getting snubbed by the Academy Awards.
From films such as Primal Fear, The Incredible Hulk, Frida, Death to Smoochy, American History X, and so forth, Edward Norton always gives his 100 percent to every role. Some of his most prolific roles include Tyler Durden in Fight Club; a man with split-personality disorder, and the narcissistic thespian, Mike Shiner, in Birdman. Norton is a powerhouse of an actor and is due for an Academy Award win soon.
Mia Goth is a gem for the horror genre, delivering nothing but the best in every role. In 2022, Mia Goth gave audiences not one, or two, but three incredible performances in X and Pearl. In X, she portrays the dual roles of Maxine Minx and Pearl, the film's respective protagonist and antagonist. As Maxine, she portrays a young woman fighting against the social stigmas of her society, dabbling into adult filmmaking while holding big dreams of becoming a star. As Pearl, she is a defeated, elderly woman looking to release her pent-up frustrations on anyone reminding her of her failed dreams. Pearl's backstory is further explored in the prequel, Pearl, where audiences get an insight into the formation of the murderous anti-hero. Repressed by war tension, a controlling mother, and inhibited sexual desires, audiences experience Pearl's slow decline into lunacy. While X gives audiences a bloodthirsty fiend at the end of her life, Pearl shows that Pearl is a victim of circumstance with all the odds stacked against her. Mia Goth deserves an Academy Award alone for her nuanced performances in the X universe.
Saoirse Ronan has been a standout performer since a young age. She rose to acclaim when she portrayed a young Briony Tallis in Atonement, garnering praise all across the board and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Saoirse has touched audiences through countless performances, including Susy Salmon in The Lovely Bones, Melanie Stryder in The Host, and Agatha in the Grand Budapest Hotel, but her transition into more mature roles truly defined her as one of her generation's best performers. 2017-2019 marked prominent years is Ronan's career, receiving two Academy Awards nominations for her leading roles in Lady Bird and Little Women. While she didn't win, four Academy Award nominations are clear markers that her time to give an Oscar speech is fast approaching.
Starting off in films such as Interview with a Vampire and Jumanji, Kirsten Dunst proved herself to be quite the versatile performer from a young age. Her career would continue with popular late '90s/early 2000s films such as Bring It On and Drop Dead Gorgeous. Nevertheless, one of Kirsten Dunst most popular works is in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise as Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's love interest who has a knack for getting kidnaped by the web-slinger's enemies. Despite being on an unofficial hiatus these past couple of years, Dunst returned to the spotlight with her role in The Power of Dog, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Dunst didn't win this time around, but hopefully this will change with her return to mainstream cinema.
The Scream Queen of the horror genre, Jamie Lee Curtis has moved audiences with her portrayal as Laurie Strode for over forty years, showing the effects trauma has on a survivor. That noted, Jamie Lee Curtis can tackle any role she's given. From the nurturing Shelly DeVoto in My Girl, an unattended wife with a need for adventure in True Lies, to the by-the-book tax agent in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, Jamie Lee Curtis is lacking the recognition she deserves from the Academy. Hopefully the Academy will finally pay her tribute at this upcoming awards ceremony.
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At only twenty-seven years old, Timothée Chalamet has revolutionized the way filmmaking showcases male actors' talents. Chalamet isn't a one mole fits all actor; his versatility is impressive and ranges from portraying an inquisitive, love-struck youth in Call Me By Your Name, an addict with no way out in Beautiful Boy, to a prophetic prince in Dune. It's only a matter of time before Chalamet gets his moment to shine by taking an Oscar home.
Beloved for her role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and the Addams Family Values, Christina Ricci has established herself as a staple of dark-humored cinema and somber films, altogether. From Sleepy Hollow, Black Snake Moan, to Cursed, Ricci always has a way of exquisitely spooking her fans through each performance. Yet, there is one performance that left audiences truly disturbed; Selby Wall in Monster. The lover of convicted serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, Ricci portrays Wall through a nuanced depth: hypocritical, manipulative, and vulnerable to her every surrounding. This performance alone should have secured Ricci an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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Amy Adams is without a doubt one of America’s most adored talents. From her work in Academy-nominated films such as Doubt and American Hustle, Adams always delivers a powerful performance. One of her most touching portrayals is Louise Banks in Arrival, a linguist seeking to establish communication with alien life on earth while trying to stop the impending warfare prompted by their arrival. Adams is long overdue for an Academy Award.
Glenn Close has been nominated for an Academy Award eight times without a single win—a saddening reality considering Close’s incredible performances throughout her five-decade career. Some of her best performances include Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, an obsessive woman bent on destroying her lover’s marriage, a repressed butler in Albert Nobbs, and in one of her more lighthearted performances, the iconic Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians. Close can tackle any project trusted upon her; it’s time the Academy pays her due respect.


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