Actors that Didn't Win the Oscar But Should Have


The Top Ten

1 Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

I am watching Walk the Line right now and he is just fantastic. He was robbed. Thought so at the time when Reese won and he didn't. I don't understand it. It took the Academy 40 years to figure out Jeff Bridges wasn't just Oscar bridesmaid. Joaquin gets nominated a lot and one day will win.

I can't believe that he didn't win for his performance of Johnny Cash. He was amazing. Reese should not have accepted her award without his. Without the two of them, this movie would have been nothing.

Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of johnny cash was haunting and mesmerizing. I have watched this film multiple time simply for your amazing performance! He completely embodied Johnny Cash. A true star. Johnny and June would of been proud.

He was robbed for sure on this one. It would have been classy for Reese to decline her Oscar. She was good but in no way better than he was in this film. I don't see how the academy could award it to her and not him.

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2 Robert De Niro - Taxi Driver

No Doubt one of the best Pieces of acting ever put on film. At least the Academy righted this wrong with an even better performance in "Raging Bull" the gold standard of modern film acting!.

Robert De Niro gives a chilling performance in what is highly regarded as being one of the greatest films ever made. Although Peter Finch's performance in Network was certainly memorable it hasn't aged well in comparison to De Niro's iconic turn as the vigilante Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.

This guy is the father of the rest of the people in this list. Anyone voting for someone else probably didn't watch Taxi Driver.

stallone and the dude that won were nothing compared to this performance

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3 Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind

He had a good performance in Gladiator but this movie Russell Crowe was fantastic in.

A beautiful mind won a lot of awards (Best picture, Best Director, Best Actress...) but the one person that brought the movie to life didn't win...Joke.

Too good not to win

4 Al Pacino - Scarface

This performance neither needs a Recognization nor any Oscar. Al Pacino's is the greatest Actor of All Time. Bollywood Superstar and Star of the Millenium 'Amitabh Bachchann' even copies each n everty style of him. - redgedawson

It was great acting, yes it was violent but that's how it was! It take a lot for Al Pacino to put in those emotions, great acting Great movie period

Al Pacino is one of the best actors ever - Ajkloth

Amazing performace

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5 Sylvester Stallone - Rocky

Rocky is the most inspirational movie character of all time. It's a crime Stallone did not get the Oscar that is rightfully his!

He didn't get the oscar. The oscar was for best movie but not for best actor. That oscar went to Peter Finch in " Network " that year.

One of my favorite movies ever - Ajkloth

Peter Finch is excellent in Network. - BeatlesFan1964

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6 Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond

Its the biggest injustice of all time.. For sure he deserves have two oscars by now and a couple of nominations! Actors like jonah hill get nominated without any talent or a very real good performance and its just not fair! He is the number 1 actor of his generation and that have been said by many of professionals of cinema like kate winstlet, martin scorsese! In django all reviwers bet on him to be indicated for an nomination and he was robbed!

Beautiful portrayal of a drug dealer, but then his heart changes and is well acted by Di Caprio, a magnificent performance.

Leo needs an Oscar. He is absolutely perfect.

Leo doesn't need an oscar, an oscar needs him! Academy people know that they will always have leo but macconaghey only once!

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7 Tom Hanks - Saving Private Ryan
8 Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
9 Malcolm McDowell - A Clockwork Orange

A stunning preformance. How he made Alex's progress from delinquent to an "honest citizen" is scary. You can see he is enjoying every moment of the role, especially the ones before the transformation.

Wonder to me how he didn't even get nominated. Such a fearless and intense performance, you just could'nt take your eyes away from him.

10 Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia

The Contenders

11 Jack Nicholson - The Shining

I agree with this one. Jack definitely should have won. - Beatlesboy9

God of Acting
This Was His Best
He Didn't Even Get Nominated
He Obviously is better than De Niro

12 Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street

I cannot believe that he did not win the oscar! His perfomance was the best of the year at least! Matthew was great but Leonardo was just breathtaking! He could play a dramatic and comedic hero at the same time so easily! In one scene was so funny and in the next one was a dramatic and bad criminal! He took a big risk to play in a comedy. Academy people do not give oscars to comedies but he did that! They are so predictable and boring! Also he proved that he can be a perfect comedic hero! The phone/kitchen scene is already a classic! His best perfomance by far... I believe that the academy was impressed more by the lost weight of matthew and less by his acting! Really if you want to improve that you are just a great actor you lose weight and change your appearence? Leonardo not...

Didn't Like The Movie but DiCaprio Was GREAT

First the aviator, then blood diamond and now The Wolf! Leo has won 3 oscars for me...

The biggest snub of the decade! Maybe Leo is too good for oscars!

13 Robert Pattinson - Twilight

Who ever suggested this must be joking!

2 minutes silence for those 3% voters who voted for this crap

Obvious troll is obvious

14 Robert De Niro - The Deer Hunter

Creepy, touching, sad, all in one. Along with Streep, they make the film acting superb

15 Christian Bale - American Psycho
16 Jack Nicholson - About Schmidt
17 Liam Neeson - Michael Collins

Liam Neeson did an awesome job of picturing Michael Collins. Plus, he really looks like the real guy! Also should have won an Oscar for Schindler's list, in my opinion.

One of the best films of all time and made so by his acting - Grizleybear

18 Tim Robbins - The Shawshank Redemption

Amazingly subtle, heartfelt and convincing performance!

19 George Clooney - The Descendants

Just to let you know that George Clooney has an Oscar, for best supporting actor though.

20 Daniel Day-Lewis - Gangs of New York

I found this acting performance as good as any from ddl. - Beatlesboy9

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1. Ellen Burstyn - Requiem for a Dream
2. Sissy Spacek - In The Bedroom
3. Daniel Day-Lewis - Gangs of New York
1. Malcolm McDowell - A Clockwork Orange
2. Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
3. Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind
1. Tom Hanks - Saving Private Ryan
2. Jack Nicholson - The Shining
3. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street

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