Last year, on Oscar Sunday, I shared lists of 16 actors and 16 actresses who has never been nominated for an Oscar. On the list of actors was Sam Rockwell. One year later, Rockwell has not only been nominated for an Oscar but many think he’s the front runner to win!
Needless to say, my list had absolutely nothing to do with this fact. Still, who knows? Maybe one of the actors listed below will be next year’s sure-fire winner.
Here are 8 more deserving actors who have yet to be nominated for an Oscar!
- Idris Elba
I have to admit that I’m still shocked that Elba wasn’t nominated for his chilling work in Beasts of No Nation. Elba is one of those supremely talented actors who makes it all look easy. In fact, that may be part of the problem. Elba is such a natural performer that sometimes, I think people overlook just how many different roles he played. Elba seems destined to be nominated someday.
2. Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer has appeared in some truly regrettable films but, at the same time, he’s given really good performances in a handful of memorable ones. It seems like ever since he played twins in The Social Network, Hammer has been circling Oscar recognition. This year, he probably came the closest yet to getting nominated, with his performance in Call Me By Your Name. I would also say that he deserved some consideration for his slyly humorous work in Free Fire.
3. Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac is going to be nominated some day. It’s all a matter of when. I would have given him an Oscar just for the way he delivered the line, “I declare him to be an … OUTLAAAAAAAAAAAW!” in Robin Hood.
4. Tobey Magurie
Personally, I think that Maguire has it in him to make a comeback, perhaps even an Oscar-winning comeback. Right now, his main problem seems to be that all of the good Tobey Maguire roles are going to Edward Norton.
5. James McAvoy
McAvoy deserved a nomination this year for his performance in Split.
6. Ben Mendelsohn
There was some speculation that Mendelsohn’s role in Darkest Hour might result in a nomination this year. It didn’t happen but Ben Mendelsohn is another actor who seems to be destined to be nominated eventually. I would have nominated him for his frightening performance in Animal Kingdom.
7. Kurt Russell
A lot of us thought that Russell would receive a nomination for The Hateful Eight but, instead, that film was dominated by Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Walton Goggins. Everyone loves Kurt but he’s not getting any younger so someone needs to write him a really great role before he decides to retire to Vancouver.
8. Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard is another one of those really good actors who never seems to get as much appreciation as he deserves. If you want to see how good Sarsgaard can be, track down a film called Shattered Glass.
Here’s hoping that, come next year, at least one of those actors will no longer be eligible for this list!