Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I Know All the Nominees Weren't That Great, But Really?!?

Everyone, I have a confession to make. I thought it would pass, but I can't seem to shake it.  Sometimes at night I wake up in a cold sweat. Why, you ask? Is it the state of the union? The ever increasing unemployment numbers? (that one should haunt me more) The fact that every new musical on Broadway is based on a film? To a degree, yes. But, the reason I have trouble sleeping at night is the fact that Sandy Bullock has an Oscar. It just isn't right.
Is that Meryl Streep in my rearview? Luckily this blonde wig  fooled everyone...

How did this happen? People like Sandy. In Hollywood and America. I get it. I'd rather have an ice queen over a girl next door any day. That's just me. But, just because you like someone as a person doesn't mean you should give them acting awards. 
Back in August of 09, I was waiting to see Meryl Streep in her soon to be Oscar nominated performance of Julie and Julia in the movie theatre. There was the usual summer movie previews. Tony award winner, Julie White, was sitting in front of me and decided that this would be a good time to try out a stand-up comedy routine. When the preview for The Blind Side came on it was a typical cliched story. The cheese was practically dripping from the screen. After it was over, Julie White shouts, "I smell Oscar!" The theatre unleashed uproarious laughter. Yeah, right. Like that piece of crap, Lifetime original movie, would ever take it's place in the Oscar canon. Cut to March 2010 and there's Sandy with a Best Actress Oscar in her hands.
 I realize this doesn't have the same effect on some people as it does me. So, as a reference, in no particular order, a list of actors and actresses who are Oscarless:
Cary Grant
Annette Bening
Richard Burton
Barbara Stanwyck
Peter O'Toole (that lifetime achievement one isn't the same)
Thelma Ritter
Christopher Plummer
Glenn Close
Montgomery Clift
Deborah Kerr
Gary Oldman
Judy Garland (they gave her a juvenile Oscar in 1939, but it's half the size!)
James Dean
Greta Garbo
Albert Finney
Catherine Deneuve
Ralph Fiennes
Sigourney Weaver
Leonardo DiCaprio
Julianne Moore
Ed Harris
Gena Rowlands
Nick Nolte
Natalie Wood
Liam Neeson
Rosalind Russell
Bill Muarry
Carole Lombard
Richard Harris
Marilyn Monroe (She was never even nominated)
Johnny Depp
Lauren Bacall
Kirk Douglas
Michelle Pfeiffer

Let that sink in...



  1. There's no justice in life or the Academy Awards.
    I couldn't even bring myself to watch The Blind Side, and I still can't get used to the idea of Sandra Bullock as an Oscar winner.
    By the way did you deliberately omit Michelle from your list?

  2. ha. not intentional, i assure you. those were just the people that came to mind while i was writing this. i'll include michelle right away...