1980s Supporting Actors Who Didn't Win the Oscar But Should Have

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The Top Ten

1 Tom Berenger - Platoon
2 Albert Brooks - Broadcast News
3 Dan Aykroyd - Driving Miss Daisy
4 Willem Dafoe - Platoon Willem Dafoe - Platoon William J. "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor. A member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Platoon (1986) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000). He is also well known for his performances as Jesus Christ in The Last ...read more.
5 Alec Guinness - Little Dorrit Alec Guinness - Little Dorrit Sir Alec Guinness was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters.
6 Eric Roberts - Runaway Train
7 Klaus Maria Brandauer - Out of Africa
8 Robert Preston - Victor Victoria
9 Joe Pesci - Raging Bull Joe Pesci - Raging Bull Joseph Frank "Joe" Pesci is an Italian-American actor, comedian and musician, known for playing tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres.
10 Denzel Washington - Cry Freedom

The Contenders

11 Michael O'Keefe - The Great Santini
12 William Hickey - Prizzi's Honor
13 Dennis Hopper - Hoosiers
14 Morgan Freeman - Street Smart
15 Vincent Gardenia - Moonstruck
16 River Phoenix - Running on Empty River Phoenix - Running on Empty River Jude Phoenix, born River Jude Bottom (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.
17 Dean Stockwell - Married to the Mob
18 Martin Landau - Crimes and Misdemeanors
19 Denholm Elliott - A Room with a View
20 Robert Loggia - Jagged Edge
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