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Thursday Thirteen - 13 LEGENDARY FILM STARS WHO NEVER WON AN OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR

WOULD IT SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW THAT THESE 13 LEGENDARY FILM STARS NEVER WON AN OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR?

Though some of these thespians won Academy Awards in other catagories including Director, Best Supporting Actor, The Irving J. Thalburg Award, etcetera not one of these icons of Hollywood ever won an Oscar for Best Actor:

Richard Burton (7 nominations)
Peter O'Toole (7 nominations)
Montgomery Clift (4nominations)
Robert Redford (1 nomination)
Kirk Douglas (3 nominations)
Richard Harris (2 nominations)
Morgan Freeman (3 nominations)
Harrison Ford (1 nomination)
Cary Grant (2 nominations)
Steve McQueen (1 nomination)
Albert Finney (5 nominations)
Clint Eastwood (2 nominations)
James Dean (2 posthumous nominations)

An interesting fact, James Dean was the first actor ever to receive a posthuous nomination for Best Actor and the only person to date to have received 2 posthumous nominations.

There are, of course, many more talented actors who have, to date, not won this award. This list includes but is not limited to Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Jeff Bridges and John Hurt to name a few. It is highly possible that Heath Ledger will receive a posthumous nomination as the Joker in Dark Knight.

However, in making my list I was going for icons of film, legends of the silver screen who, either by the weight of their acting or by the iconic films they took part in, have become part of movie history and a piece of American pop culture.

See you at the movies.
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7 comments:

  1. Like you said, every person you listed is an icon. I was just thinking that one could do a list of 13 Best Actor Oscar winners and some would be surprised that they actually did win.

    Another icon who never won a Best Actor Oscar is Edward G. Robinson. What makes his snub by the Oscars even worse is that he was never nominated for a competitive acting award period.

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  2. Malcolm - Yes, Edward G. Robinson never won, a sad state of affairs for an actor who brought such a unique talent to film.

    I could only list 13 but I knew you would fill in the list as well as add another great pop culture fact for my readers! I bow to the Big Giant Head of Pop Culture, lol.

    I can't wait to pick your brain on my retro pop culture radio show, Trippin' Down Memory Lane on November 13th!!!

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  3. Yes, a lot of these men would make my Best Actor list that's for sure.

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  4. Unbelieveable that some of the greatest actors of our time have never been honored for their achievement. I was truly amazed at some of the names on your list - especially when I think back to some recent winners.

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  5. I loved James Dean, Monty Clift, and of course Morgan Freeman Jr. Clift was one of the most beautiful men to ever grace the screen, in looks, sensitivity, and vulnerability. James Dean remains forever young. I often wonder what would have happened to iconic 50's figures, like Dean, Buddy Holly, etc. had they survived and grown old.

    Oh yeah dear thanks for defending myself and Malcolm. It's nice to have friends who support you and know the score. Happy TT

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  6. Pjazzy - I've wondered the same thing about them - what would James Dean and Marilyn look like now? What would they have accomplished? Part of the mystique of dying young.

    As for my defense of you - you and Malcolm do not deserve to be treated so roughly, shame on those who did!!

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  7. Melodieann - yes, it is somewhat of a shame. I'm very curious to see what happens this year with the death of Heath Ledger and his performances.

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