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And the Award Does Not Go To...

By Cecilia Cygnar

These actors never won acting Oscars, though some were treated to an honorary award later in their careers. Here are, in my opinion, are their best movies for which they should have taken home acting statues.

  • North by Northwest

    1959 by Alfred Hitchcock

    Cary Grant was only nominated twice in his long career (for None but the Lonely Heart and Penny Serenade). But he should have been nominated for his turn in this Hitchcock masterpiece. Grant's portrayal of Roger O. Thornhill is one of the finest performances in a thriller ever. In 1969, the Academy gave Grant an honorary award instead.

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  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    1966 by Ernest Lehman

    Richard Burton should have won an Oscar for his performance in this Edward Albee adaptation. His George (perfectly paired with Elizabeth Taylor's Martha) is one of the finest performances in film history. Nominated seven times, Burton never even received an honorary award from the Academy.

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  • Double Indemnity

    1944 by Billy Wilder

    Barbara Stanwyck's performance in this classic film noir is subtle and restrained, though powerful. The Academy gave Stanwyck an honorary award in 1981.

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  • From Here to Eternity

    1953 by Fred Zinnemann

    Deborah Kerr was nominated but did not win an Oscar for her portrayal as an army wife at Pearl Harbor before the 1941 attack (she should have won for her beach scene with Burt Lancaster alone!). In 1993, Kerr received an honorary Oscar.

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  • Tom Jones

    1963 by Tony Richardson

    Albert Finney should have snagged an Oscar for his title role in this endearing romantic comedy. Sadly, the Academy has also failed to present Finney with an honorary award, at least so far.

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  • Lawrence of Arabia

    1962 by David Lean

    Peter O'Toole should have won an Oscar for his portrayal as T.E. Lawrence in this epic film. Instead, he received an honorary Oscar in 2002.

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  • Ninotchka

    1939 by Ernst Lubitsch

    Greta Garbo's only comic performance unfortunately came out the same year as Gone with the Wind and so she did not win, but the Academy gave her an honorary Oscar in 1954.

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  • Being There

    1979 by Hal Ashby

    Peter Sellers' dark comic turn as Chauncey, the gardener, is one of the most understated performances ever; from a man who was known for his outrageous physical comedy roles (such as the Pink Panther movies). He was never even given an honorary Oscar.

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  • Spartacus

    1960 by Stanley Kubrick

    Kirk Douglas should have won an Oscar for his title role in this classic Kubrick film. Instead, he was not even nominated. The Academy did make it up to him with an honorary Oscar in 1995.

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