We know what you’re thinking: thank goodness Leo doesn’t have to be on this list anymore, right? The guy painstakingly waited all those years for his Oscar, despite having worked in so many critically acclaimed blockbuster hits, before finally getting one for his role in The Revenant in 2016. Leo got his award and we’re happy for him, but there are still a good many actors in the industry whose talent has not yet been acknowledged properly by the Academy. Below is a list of some such actors.
Samuel L Jackson
Samuel L Jackson was born on 21th of December and was widely recognised among the older as well as the new generation for his astounding acting skills as well as for his production of many popular movies. Even excluding the cameo appearances, he has been the highest grossing actor of all time due to his appearance in the movies which has grossed over $27 billion worldwide.
In the beginning, he rose to fame with movies such as, Coming to America, Goodfellas, True Romance, Jurassic Park and Fresh. Being a highly prolific actor and having appeared in more than 150 films which include ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’, ‘Hard Eight’, ‘Kong: Skull Island’, ‘Star Wars: The clone wars’, and many more. Besides these, he is also widely known for the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury; he subsequently played Fury in 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with a cameo appearance in Iron Man, as well as guest-starring in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It is also said that he will reprise this role in the upcoming D series, Secret Invasion.
Because Jackson’s filmography is commendable, one might assume that he would already have more than one Oscar to his name, but surprisingly, he doesn’t have any till date. In fact, he has only been nominated once! The winner on the night, however, was the sentimental favourite, Martin Landau for Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.
The American actress and film producer known for her comedic and dramatic roles, Amy Lou Adams was born on August 20th, 1974. Her professional career began as a dancer in a 1994 dinner theater. At the initial phase when she auditioned for whatever parts she came across, she was often selected for the roles of ‘the bitchy girl’. She got her first supporting role as the teenage nemesis of a movie star in Psycho Beach Party, a horror parody of a beach party. During the time of 2000-2002, she appeared in different TV series such as, That ‘70s Show, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire, Smallville and The West Wing.
After the small roles, she finally got her high profile role in Steven Spielberg’s comedy-drama Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. She had a hard time and almost even dropped out from the film industry after being unemployed for almost a year. But she utilized her free time by getting herself enrolled in acting classes, where she realized that she had a lot to learn.
Later in 2005, Junebug premiered at Sundance Film Festival, where she won a special jury prize. She also won an Independent Spirit Award and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. This year was very fruitful to her as it was in 2005, when she had supporting parts in two critically panned movies – The Wedding Date and Standing Still. She also joined the cast of the television series The Office, for a recurring role over three episodes.
She has also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the Best Actress in a Comedy or musical due to commercial success of Enchanted. Addition to all these awards she has been nominated six times for Academy Awards and seven BAFTA awards and it is a shocking fact that she has not been Oscar winner not even once!!
Born on 25th of May, 1939; Sir Ian Murray McKellen is an English actor whose career spans about six decades. He was knighted by the Queen of England in 1991 for his outstanding services to the performance arts, and he was also made a Companion of Honour in 2008 for services to drama and equality. Being a versatile actor his gerne varies from Shakespeare to modern theatre to popular Fantasy and Science fiction. Talking about his accomplishments, he has received a number of awards including seven Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award. He also has received nominations for two Academy Awards, five Primetime Emmy Awards, and four BAFTAs. In the UK, McKellen is regarded as a British cultural Icon.
From starting his film career in 1961 to achieving worldwide fame for his roles including the titular king in Richard III, James Whale in X-men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Sir Mckellen has achieved quite a lot in his career. The actor has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, but has not won one yet. An advocate against homophobia in the film industry, when it was mentioned to him that Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, and Philip Seymour Hoffman had won earned Oscars for playing a gay man, Mckellen tactflly remarked, “What about giving me one for playing a straight man?” attacking on the systemic homophobia that exists inside Hollywood.
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