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Oscar’s 20 Most Unbelievable Acting Snubs

Some of Hollywood's most unforgettable performances were passed over at the time.

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Kyle Smith

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March 2, 2014 - 8:00 am
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The Oscars can’t be expected to get it right every time, but when it comes to the acting categories it’s particularly obtuse. (Joel Grey in Cabaret over Al Pacino in The Godfather? Art Carney in Harry & Tonto over Pacino in The Godfather, Part II? Pacino in Scent of a Woman over Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven? ) Often, great performances don’t even land a nomination. Here’s a list of 20 of the most unbelievable acting Oscar snubs.

1. Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa in Casablanca (1942)

It’s hard to believe, but the future winner of three Academy Awards had just started working in Hollywood and wasn’t nominated for her most immortal performance, the one that defined screen glamor.

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Just a highly personal note here: Sam Elliott for Best Supporting in "We Were Soldiers". His portrayla of Sergeant Major Basil Plumley was uncanny. the fact that there was not even a nomination or honorable mention indicated a lot of Hollywood bias to my way of thinking.
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Burt Lancaster in Flim Flam Man
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Val Kilmer in Tombstone. An amazing performance at all levels.
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Jon Voight as Manny in 'Runaway Train'.
Best. Performance. Ever.
He lost the Oscar to William Hurt of the very forgettable 'Kiss of the Spider Woman'.
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Jimmy Stuart in Vertigo. The anguish on his face and in his voice during his last lines in the bell tower are unforgettable.
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Sorry, misspelled his name. It's Stewart.
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Orson Welles in "Touch of Evil."

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Jim Carey as Andy Kaufman in 'Man on the Moon'.
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Cary Grant for Arsenic and Old Lace. It's hard to do comedy and harder to do farce. Grant was wonderful in this.

Steve Martin in Roxanne. This update of Cyrano de Bergerac was so good and he was funny and touching as could be. But the Academy does not like comedy

Claude Rains in just about anything. The man could not give a bad performance, but I'd like to single out his work in Notorious.
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This is even a bigger can of worms than best film. How about Jeff Daniels in Gettysburg, or the amazing performances of Chris Tucker and Mila Jovovich in The Fifth Element? Rosalind Russel in His Girl Friday and Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona.
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I was actually more struck in Gettysburg by Stephen Lang's Pickett, and yes, by Martin Sheen, who turned in an extraordinary (if ironic being Sheen) performance as Lee, of which his only flaw was that he needed to be about eight inches taller.
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Robert E. Lee was 5'10", Sheen's 5'7" according to his IMDB page. People often thought Lee was taller because his legs were short; those who didn't *know* him during the war, but saw him, usually observed him on horseback, and it has often been observed he looked taller when on Traveler.
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Noted, but remember - It's not how tall he was, it's how tall he looks on screen. :-)
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Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday...
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In Tombstone, yes. You beat me to it...
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Just a highly personal note here: Sam Elliott for Best Supporting in "We Were Soldiers". His portrayla of Sergeant Major Basil Plumley was uncanny. the fact that there was not even a nomination or honorable mention indicated a lot of Hollywood bias to my way of thinking.
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I agree. Elliott is one of those actors who can inhabit a part like the Sergeant Major and make it live.
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