Remember how, an hour ago, I listed 6 actresses who I hope will soon get the role for which they’ll win their first Oscar?
Well, now it’s time to look at 6 actors for whom I have the same hope. Some of the actors listed below have been nominated in the past. Some of them have not. Some of them will probably win an Oscar at some point in their career. And some of them, sadly, probably will not.
However, what all six of them have in common is that all six of them deserve at least one more opportunity to take home a gold statuette.
I’m still stunned by the fact that Ethan Hawke wasn’t, at the very least, nominated for his performance in First Reformed. It was certainly one of the best performance of the year and probably one of the best of his career. Ethan Hawke has been nominated a total of four times (twice for supporting actor and twice for adapted screenplay) but has yet to win. Hopefully, that will someday change for both him and his frequent director, Richard Linklater.
How the Hell was Jake Gyllenhaal not nominated for Nightcrawler? Ever since Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal has been one of the most enjoyably unpredictable actors around. He’s even managed to become a star even though it’s obvious that the mainstream film industry has no idea what to do with his eccentric persona. While Gyllenhaal can occasionally be miscast (as evidenced by films like Demolition and Love and Other Drugs), both Nightcrawler and Stronger showed just how special an actor Gyllenhaal can be.
The next time you find yourself enjoying an R-rated comic book movie that features nudity, profanity, and grotesque ultra-violence, you better take a few minutes to thank Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds will probably never win an Oscar for playing Deadpool but just imagine the acceptance speech he would give if he did.
Amazingly, the multi-talented Hugh Jackman has only one nomination, for his performance in Les Miserables. He probably deserved a nomination for his performance in Logan, though that film has the misfortune to be released before Black Panther legitimized the idea of a comic book film as a genuine Oscar contender. Jackman seems like he’s destined to win an Oscar someday. Hopefully, in the future, he’ll chose better films than The Front Runner.
Despite appearing in several best picture nominees and giving an award-worthy performance in The Spectacular Now, Kyle Chandler has never received an Oscar nomination. It’s hard not to feel that the right role is somewhere out there, waiting for him. Someday, someone will write the perfect script about a small-town sheriff solving the biggest case of his career and the next thing you know, Kyle Chandler will be accepting his first Oscar.
Giovanni Lombardo Radice
Someday, someone is going to write a great role for the greatest living Italian horror actor, Giovanni Lombardo Radice.