This week The Huffington Post published an article about boomers who haven’t won an Oscar. A few I think should have won, some I’m unfamiliar with, and several I disagree deserve one. But they are all young enough to make quality films that may lead them down the road toward an Oscar.
As a devotee of film classics, it continues to baffle me why some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors never won an Academy Award. So I thought this would be the perfect time to indulge me by airing my dirty laundry list of those who were snubbed by the Academy. I am sure they all had (or have) more class than I do, so I’ll say this for them. What were you thinking, Oscar?
At least some of them received Honorary Oscars.
Cary Grant receiving an Honorary Oscar (1970)
Cary Grant was an extraordinary comic and dramatic actor who never won an Oscar. He was nominated only twice. despite starring in such luminous roles as “Bringing Up Baby”, “Notorious”, “North by Northwest”, “To Catch a Thief” and “His Girl Friday”. He was voted the Second Greatest Male Star of All Time by The American Film Institute, and is my all-time favorite actor. He continues to take my breath away with his unique style, sophistication and acting abilities. Archie Leach holds a special place in my heart. Shame on you, Oscar.
It is remarkable to think that one of the most gifted actors of all time (not to mention that sexy voice!) never won an Oscar. Richard Burton was nominated seven times for such movies as “Becket”, “The Robe”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf ” and “Equus” yet never brought home the coveted award.
Kirk Douglas received an Honorary Oscar in 1996 for fifty years as a creative and moral force in the film community. He was nominated three times, including the movies “Lust for Life” and “The Bad and the Beautiful“, but never won the award. (He was not nominated for my favorite Douglas film, “Spartacus”, a film he produced and starred in). He is arguably the last survivor of the “Golden Age” of Hollywood.
Montgomery Clift portrayed mainly deep, brooding and sensitive young man. He was only 45 years old when he passed away. If he had lived a full life, he would have continued to tantalize us with his combination of good looks and unique acting abilities . He was nominated for an Oscar four times in “The Search”, “A Place in the Sun”, “From Here to Eternity” and my personal favorite, his short yet powerful performance in “Judgement at Nuremberg“. It was Oscar worthy for a supporting role. Take a look and judge for yourself.
Alfred Hitchcock received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in recognition of his brilliant and distinctive body of work (“Psycho,” “Rear Window,” “Spellbound”, “Notorious”, “North by Northwest”). Here he’s introduced by Bob Hope, and presented by Robert Wise, in the 40th Annual Academy Awards in 1968. He gave the best speech of all time by simply saying, “Thank you.”
For goodness sake, how could they pass over Blake Edwards? BLAKE EDWARDS?? From “Operation Petticoat”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Days of Wine and Roses” to all of the Pink Panther films right on down to “10” and “Victor, Victoria“, Edwards deserved at least one award for the laughter, love and honesty he shared with us. Here he is in 2004 receiving an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work.
What do you think of my list? Is there anyone you think deserved an Academy Award but never got one?