Midweek Topic: Top 5 Oscar Snubs of All Time

Titanic (1997), Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Great Gatsby (2013), Django Unchained (2012), Inception (2010), The Departed (2006), Romeo+Juliet (1996), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Gangs of New York (2002), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), The Basketball Diaries (1995), The Quick and the Dead (1995). What hasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio been in?! One of the most impressive filmography known to man and yet not one Oscar. Not one. So who else has been in DiCaprio’s shoes? MoviefiedNYC looks at The Top 5 Oscar snubs of all time.

1. Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock is a legend. Movies can now be described as “Hitchcockian” for goodness sake! Psycho (1960), Rear Window (1954), Spellbound (1954), Rebecca (1940), Vertigo (1958), and North by Northwest (1959) are just the tip of the iceberg. So how many Oscars has Hitchcock raked in over the years? Zero. He was eventually presented with an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. He famously said: “Thank you.” 

2. Judy Garland

A Star is Born (1954), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Judgement at Nuremberg (1961), The Wizard of Oz (1939). Each of these cinema classics star the fabulous Judy Garland, and what does she have to show for it? One ‘Juvenile Award’ that she won in 1940 for her “outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year.”That’s it. Her career included her being Dorthy and still no Oscar?! For shame Academy. For shame.

3. Peter Lorre

Casablanca (1942), M (1931), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Peter Lorre has done it all. So what does his IMDB page have to show for it? A star on the walk of fame and an honorable mention. That’s all Peter Lorre has for a career that includes working with Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart, Carey Grant and Fritz Lang. That’s just upsetting.

4. Johnny Depp

Johnny ‘insane amount of range’ Depp. The man who has been just about every character known to man. Need a homicidal barber, a crazed mad hatter, a sweet love interest or a drunken pirate? Call Johnny. How about an alcoholic journalist, a wise talking criminal or an Ichabod Crane to your Headless Horseman? Depp’s you’re guy. Let’s say you’re looking for an alien astronaut, a drug addled writer or a cross dressing director? Well Mr. Depp has experience with that. The man is a morphing machine; changing his looks, his mannerisms, even the pitch of his voice, all to become a character. Somebody please get this man an Oscar!

5. Glenn Close

Albert Nobbs (2011), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Fatal Attraction (1987), The Natural (1984), The Big Chill (1983), and The World According to Garp (1982). Six Oscar Nominations and six losses. An amazing woman and fiercely talented actress who has had the Academy Award snatched from her hands her entire career! We feel for you Glenn. 
– Sinann Fetherston
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