Finally after being in the industry since the late 1970′s, Gary Oldman got the Oscar nomination that he should have received easily more than a few times so far in his career. When the Academy Award nominees were announced yesterday, Oldman found himself in the Best Actor category for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But why did it take so long for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to acknowledge this phenomenal actor?
In 1986 he gave an outstanding performance as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and although he won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the ALFS Award for Actor of the year, there was still no Oscar nomination. Later on his roles in such films as The Professional and The Contender still came and went without even a flirtation with the idea that he was possibly in the running for a nomination.
But as we’ve learned from the past, the Academy and its choices aren’t always clear to the rest of us. How many times was Marty Scorsese nominated for iconic films before he finally won for Best Director for The Departed in 2006? Was Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves really that much better than Scorsese’s Goodfellas when the two were pitted against each other in 1990? The wolf dies in the end, people! Sure Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito gets whacked too, but at least he had it coming. The wolf’s death is just unnecessary and scarring. I fear the members of the Academy may be dipping too much into the champagne that I hear flows down the streets of Hollywood — or something — and it must be stopped!
Here are 10 other actors who have been overlooked for some of the greatest performances we’ve seen in the past few decades. Perhaps if the rest of the world was as hopped up on these imaginary streets of champagne, we’d be able to understand how some of these actors have been ignored for far too long.