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Every year when the Oscar nominations for acting are announced, there’s always an outcry about who got robbed. Of course, with just five slots open, everybody can’t be included. But here – in my opinion – are some fantastic performances that should have cracked that top five (and in many cases won) but didn’t.
I haven’t gone back further than the 30’s since the Oscars were only launched near the end of the 20’s and the supporting category wasn’t even created till well into the 30’s. But who’d argue against the idea that, for example, Louise Brooks should have been among the nominees in ’29 for “Pandora’s Box”?
Of course, in all these cases, the performances themselves stand as permanent testaments to the excellence of the work. But, still, a nomination would have been nice.
We’re all movie lovers/archivists/fantasists here. Any names you’d like to add to the list?

The 1930’s
Actor:
W.C. FIELDS “It’s a Gift”
LOUIS HAYWARD “The Man in the Iron Mask”
CHARLES LAUGHTON “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

The 1940’s
Actor:
DANA ANDREWS “The Best Years of Our Lives”
ERROL FLYNN “Adventures of Don Juan”
FRED MACMURRAY “Murder, He Says”
GREGORY PECK “Duel in the Sun”
TYRONE POWER “The Mark of Zorro”

Actress:
JOAN CRAWFORD “Humoresque”
LINDA DARNELL “A Letter to Three Wives”
IRENE DUNNE “My Favorite Wife”
IRENE DUNNE “Together Again”
MARIA FELIX “Enamorada”
ANN SOTHERN “A Letter to Three Wives”
ANN SAVAGE “Detour”

Supporting Actor:
GLENN ANDERS “The Lady from Shanghai”
MICHAEL CHEKHOV “Specter of the Rose”
RAY COLLINS “The Magnificent Ambersons”

Supporting Actress:
ANNE BAXTER “The Magnificent Ambersons”
LINDA DARNELL “Fallen Angel”
HOPE EMERSON “Cry of the City”
MARTITA HUNT “Great Expectations”

The 1950’s
Actor:
FRED ASTAIRE "The Band Wagon"
FREDRIC MARCH “Middle of the Night”
LAURENCE OLIVIER “Carrie”

Actress:
GIULETTA MASINA “La Strada”
PATRICIA NEAL “A Face in the Crowd”
MARIA SCHELL “Gervaise”

Supporting Actor:
LOUIS CALHERN “The Asphalt Jungle”
ALBERT DEKKER “Middle of the Night”

Supporting Actress:
LILLIAN GISH “The Night of the Hunter”
EVELYN VARDEN “The Night of the Hunter”

The 1960’s
Actor:
CLARK GABLE “The Misfits”
KAZUO HASEGAWA “An Actor’s Revenge”
JAMES MASON ”Lolita”

Actress:
MIA FARROW “Rosemary’s Baby”
MARILYN MONROE “The Misfits”

Supporting Actor:
MONTGOMERY CLIFT “The Misfits”
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER “The Fall of the Roman Empire”

Supporting Actress:
THELMA RITTER “The Misfits”
SHELLEY WINTERS “Lolita”

The 1970’s
Actor:
STACY KEACH “Fat City”

Supporting Actor:
LEO McKERN “Ryan’s Daughter”
ZERO MOSTEL “The Front”
CHRISTOPHER WALKEN “Roseland”

Supporting Actress:
JOAN COPELAND “Roseland”
UTA HAGEN “The Boys from Brazil”

The 1980’s
Actor:
MICHAEL MORIARTY “Q”

Actress:
BERNADETTE PETERS “Pennies from Heaven”

Supporting Actor:
DON AMECHE "Trading Places"
RUTGER HAUER “Blade Runner”

Supporting Actress:
MELINDA DILLON “Staying Together”
SALLY KELLERMAN “Someone to Love”

The 1990’s
Actor:
PHILIP BAKER HALL “Sydney” aka Hard Eight

Actress:
MIMI ROGERS “The Rapture”

Supporting Actor:
DYLAN BAKER “Happiness”
ELIAS KOTEAS “The Thin Red Line”

Supporting Actress:
FRANCES FISHER “Titanic”
MAUREEN O’HARA “Only the Lonely”

The 2000’s
Actor:
CHRISTIAN BALE “The Machinist”
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME “JCVD”

Supporting Actor:
DENNIS QUAID “Far From Heaven”

Supporting Actress:
LUPE ONTIVEROS “Chuck and Buck”
KATRIN SASS “Good Bye, Lenin!”

The 2010’s
Actor:
STEVE COOGAN “Stan & Ollie”
ETHAN HAWKE “First Reformed”
EDDIE MURPHY “Dolemite is My Name”
JOHN C. REILLY “Stan & Ollie”
ADAM SANDLER “Uncut Gems”

Actress:
CATHERINE FROT “Marguerite”
ANNE DORVAL “Mommy”

Supporting Actor:
NICHOLAS HOULT “Mad Max: Fury Road”
MICHAEL B. JORDAN “Black Panther”

Supporting Actress:
J. SMITH-CAMERON “Margaret”
BRIA VINAITE “The Florida Project”

The 2020’s (so far)
Actor:
SIMON REX “Red Rocket”

Supporting Actor:
ANDERS DANIELSEN LIE “The Worst Person in the World”

Supporting Actress:
BREE ELROD “Red Rocket”
 
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Robert Mitchum for The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Jimmy Stewart for Vertigo (1958)
Henry Fonda for Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Ruth Gordon for Harold and Maude (1971)
Dennis Hopper for Blue Velvet (1986)
Pam Grier for Jackie Brown (1997)
Naomi Watts for Mulholland Drive (2001)
Christian Bale for The Machinist (2004)
Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler (2014)

- Walter.
 

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Pam Grier for Jackie Brown (1997)
"Jackie Brown" is definitely one of those pictures that's just jammed with nomination-worthy performances.
Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Samuel L. Jackson should all have been in the hunt as well. Splendid work from each and every one of them. Glad at least that the Academy did recognize the magnificent Robert Forster with a nomination. He was always good but especially so here. Would have loved to see him win that year.
 

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Robert Mitchum for The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Jimmy Stewart for Vertigo (1958)
Henry Fonda for Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Ruth Gordon for Harold and Maude (1971)
Dennis Hopper for Blue Velvet (1986)
Pam Grier for Jackie Brown (1997)
Naomi Watts for Mulholland Drive (2001)
Christian Bale for The Machinist (2004)
Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler (2014)

- Walter.
All these choices are dead on but I want to echo Dennis Hopper, Pam Grier, Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal.
 

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Right off the top of my head:

James Cagney for "White Heat" (1949)
Kirk Douglas for "Ace in the Hole" or "Detective Story" (1951)
Robert Mitchum for "The Night of the Hunter" (1955)
John Wayne for "The Searchers" (1956)
 

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Couldn't agree more about Kirk Douglas in "Detective Story", a spectacular highlight in a career chock full of great achievements. I would have swapped out all the 1951 Best Actor nominees except Brando in "Streetcar" and replaced them with Douglas, John Garfield "He Ran All the Way", Oskar Werner "Decision Before Dawn" and David Wayne in the severely under-rated remake of "M"
 
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Just a few...

Anthony Perkins "Psycho"
Burt Lancaster 'Sweet Smell of Success"
Tony Curtis "Sweet Smell of Success"
Karl Malden "One Eyed Jacks"
Audrey Hepburn "Two for the Road"
Malcolm MacDowell "A Clockwork Orange"
John Turturro "Do the Right Thing"
Christopher Guest 'This is Spinal Tap"
Talia Balsam "In the Mood"
 

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Just a few...

Anthony Perkins "Psycho"
Burt Lancaster 'Sweet Smell of Success"
Tony Curtis "Sweet Smell of Success"
Karl Malden "One Eyed Jacks"
Audrey Hepburn "Two for the Road"
Malcolm MacDowell "A Clockwork Orange"
John Turturro "Do the Right Thing"
Christopher Guest 'This is Spinal Tap"
Talia Balsam "In the Mood"
Great call on McDowell. He was tremendous.
 
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Sidney Poitier - Any of his 3 films from 1967
Robert Shaw - Jaws
Eli Wallach - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Shani Wallis - Oliver!
Oliver Reed - Oliver!
Micheal Jetter - The Green Mile
Strother Martin - True Grit (or) Cool Hand Luke
Paul Newman - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Jeff Corey - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
David Tomlinson - Mary Poppins
Simon Callow - Four Weddings and a Funeral
Robert Mitchum - Ryan’s Daughter
Ralph Richardson - Doctor Zhivago
Henry Travers - It’s a Wonderful Life
Ozzie Davis - Do the Right Thing
Albert Finney - Scrooge
Elaine May - A New Leaf
Lee Grant - Plaza Suite
Jackie Gleason - Gigot
John Wayne - The Cowboys
Roscoe Lee Brown - The Cowboys
Bruce Dern - The Cowboys
Marilyn Monroe - The Misfits
Shirley MacLaine - Sweet Charity
Vincent D’Onofrio - Full Metal Jacket
Christopher Walken - Pennies From Heaven
Audrey Hepburn - My Fair Lady
Diane Keaton - The Godfather Part II
 
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Sidney Poitier - Any of his 3 films from 1967
Robert Shaw - Jaws
Eli Wallach - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Shani Wallis - Oliver!
Oliver Reed - Oliver!
Micheal Jetter - The Green Mile
Paul Newman - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Robert Mitchum - Ryan’s Daughter
Ralph Richardson - Doctor Zhivago
Albert Finney - Scrooge
Elaine May - A New Leaf
Lee Grant - Plaza Suite
Jackie Gleason - Gigot
John Wayne - The Cowboys
Roscoe Lee Brown - The Cowboys
Bruce Dern - The Cowboys
Marilyn Monroe - The Misfits
Shirley MacLaine - Sweet Charity
Vincent D’Onofrio - Full Metal Jacket
Christopher Walken - Pennies From Heaven
Audrey Hepburn - My Fair Lady
Diane Keaton - The Godfather Part II
A few days ago i did watch Ryan's Daughter when it was broadcast on TCM and Robert Mitchum gave a good performance as did Trevor Howard & John Mills.
 
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Sidney Poitier - Any of his 3 films from 1967
Robert Shaw - Jaws
Eli Wallach - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Shani Wallis - Oliver!
Oliver Reed - Oliver!
Micheal Jetter - The Green Mile
Paul Newman - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Robert Mitchum - Ryan’s Daughter
Ralph Richardson - Doctor Zhivago
Albert Finney - Scrooge
Elaine May - A New Leaf
Lee Grant - Plaza Suite
Jackie Gleason - Gigot
John Wayne - The Cowboys
Roscoe Lee Brown - The Cowboys
Bruce Dern - The Cowboys
Marilyn Monroe - The Misfits
Shirley MacLaine - Sweet Charity
Vincent D’Onofrio - Full Metal Jacket
Christopher Walken - Pennies From Heaven
Audrey Hepburn - My Fair Lady
Diane Keaton - The Godfather Part II
Lots of interesting choices here. Especially applaud Elaine May, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley MacLaine. And how in the world did Robert Shaw miss a nomination for "Jaws"? That monologue alone is historic.
 

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Big disagree here. I finally watched film recently and found everything about it disappointing.

Yes to Mimi.
Michael Moriarty's performance in "Q" seems to elicit passionate reactions - pro and con. Thinking about it puts me in the mood to watch the film again. I remember Candy Clark's contribution with pleasure too.
Glad to see we agree on Mimi Rogers in "The Rapture". Admirable work from a gifted performer. And the movie itself's unique and audacious.
 

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Lots of interesting choices here. Especially applaud Elaine May, Marilyn Monroe and Shirley MacLaine. And how in the world did Robert Shaw miss a nomination for "Jaws"? That monologue alone is historic.
Shaw wrote a big portion of that monologue too, according to what Spielberg says on the documentary about the film.
 

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Bela Lugosi in Son of Frankenstein
Lon Chaney Jr in Of Mice and Men
Boris Karloff in The Body Snatcher
Donald Sutherland in Ordinary People and Six Degrees of Separation
Alan Rickman in Die Hard
Bette Davis and Lillian Gish in The Whales of August
and the biggest oversight in the history of the Academy Awards: Val Kilmer in Tombstone
 

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Tippi Hedren Marnie
John Gielgud Providence
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