7 Stars Who Won Belated Oscars For Movies That Were Originally Snubbed

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You know that thing where sometimes award-winning actors come back onstage later to add something on to their speech? Like maybe in their excitement at winning, they forgot to thank their manager or something, so they just do it later when they’re presenting or something and it’s not really the right time?

Well the Academy does it too. Sometimes they’ll realize after the fact that they should have honored a particular performance, or rewarded a particular actor who’d been nominated umpteen thousand times. These things happen when the media is as vocal as ours is — sometimes there’s a pretty big snub, and people are bound to talk about it. Nothing to be done about it, right?

WRONG. It’s entirely up to the Academy who wins and who loses, so I feel like sometimes they just throw someone a bone. Instead of judging performances on a case-by-case basis, there have been multiple instances where I’m preeeeeetty sure someone got a delayed-gratification Oscar for a performance they’d turned in years ago. You’ve probably had the same inklings yourself, but here are some examples if you really don’t see where I’m coming from.

1. Kate Winslet

I think after a certain number of nominations (six), the Academy just starts to feel awkward that Kate didn’t have an award yet, so they gave her one for The Readereven though it’s pretty widely agreed that was one of her lesser movies, behind Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless MindLittle Childrenand Revolutionary Roadat the very least.

2. Jennifer Lawrence

I know everyone was obsessed with Silver Linings Playbookbut I really didn’t think that was a career-peak performance for Jennifer, and certainly not better than Jessica Chastain‘s for Zero Dark Thirty. I felt like Jennifer actually got the win for her insane work in 2010′s Winter’s Bonewhich was a far more impressive performance, but one that lost out to Natalie Portman in Black Swan.

3. Heath Ledger 

There’s no denying that Heath’s performance in The Dark Knight was incredible, but I find it hard to believe that he would have won for it if Brokeback Mountain hadn’t been snubbed in 2005.

4. Martin Scorcese


He’s been nominated eight times for Best Director but won only once…for The DepartedI personally love the movie, but I can’t help but wonder why it was honored over Raging BullTaxi Driver, and Goodfellas.

5. Denzel Washington

Ummmm I don’t know if we remember this, but Denzel won his second Oscar for Training DayNot Malcolm X or Philadelphia…Training Day. Sorry to anyone he beat out that year, but Denzel had one coming to him for sure after getting snubbed on those other two.

6. Meryl Streep

Okay so she’s the best actress of our generation, blah dee blah dee blah, so she can probably wait to win for a performance that isn’t in The Iron LadyAnd come to think of it, let’s quit handing her nominations for films like The Devil Wears PradaJulie & Julia, and August: Osage County when all we really mean to say is, “Hey Meryl, we noticed you made a movie this year. Great job, girl.” We’re all aware of her career, so quit it with the empty nominations.

7. Sandra Bullock

I’m as excited as the rest of you that Sandra wants to hang out with us in the serious actress category instead of messing around with garbage like All About Steve, but I feel like she got the award for The Blind Side more as a pat on the back than anything. A little encouragement from the Academy just saying that she’s a nice lady and that she’s on the right track. I’m not that mad about it because I thought it was a decent performance, but if she wins for Gravity this year, I swear to god I’ll put my foot through a TV.

8. Leonardo DiCaprio

I’m hoping against hope that Leo won’t win this year for The Wolf Of Wall Street just because he never did for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, or Blood Diamond when he was nominated. I understand that he’s a very talented young chap, but if he was gonna win for something it should’ve been for one of those or even for The Departed, because I felt like he really killed it there.

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    • Guest

      I completely agree with most of these. Delayed recognition for sure. Also, I absolutely LOVE Jennifer Lawrence, but if she wins an Oscar for American Hustle, I’ll be very disappointed.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah, seriously. I think if you look at the performance itself and not the career or the buzz, J-Law can’t possibly win this year.

      • Ginny

        I haven’t seen American Hustle yet so I can’t speak to that performance, but she was crazy good in Winter’s Bone. That movie affected me for days afterward. I was still thinking about it a week later and having trouble shaking it off. She wasn’t going to beat Natalie Portman that year, but I think the SLPB win was definitely really for Winter’s Bone.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        SO GOOD IN WINTER’S BONE. So good. Stupid good.

      • Guest

        The problem in American Hustle is that she was good, but her fellow actors were just fabulous and had such nuanced performances! I honestly have trouble loving too much of J-Law’s performance because Amy Adams just killed it! I hate to see an award go to someone because of all the hype they are getting (seriously, she’s everywhere but I kinda love it), and others who have a chance to be recognized for amazing work be overlooked because of it (Lupita Nyong’o and Sally Hawkins especially).

        I haven’t had a chance to check out Winter’s Bone yet but I definitely will!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        If Jennifer wins over Lupita Nyong’o, I honestly think it will cause a huge public uproar.

      • carrie thompson

        Totally agree with you- I love Jennifer Lawrence, and because of that love I really hope that she doesn’t win. I think she is hoping that as well, because she has conveniently missed all of the Oscar events to stay in Atlanta and film the Mockingjay films (they worked around her Oscar campaign last year when filming Catching Fire, so I’m sure she could slip away for a few events if she wanted to).

        And yes, she was amazing in Winter’s Bone. That movie was such a small story, small scope, and so brilliantly amazing.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah, that’s smart of her.

    • elle

      So agree about Meryl Streep. The fact that she got a nom for Julie & Julia still drives me crazy. But I found it to be a terrible movie and didn’t get all the hype it had. I honestly never thought I could hate a character played by Amy Adams but I was wrong. And I really hope JLaw doesn’t win for hustle. It was such an overrated performance/movie. I still have anger issues that Jessica Chastain didn’t win an Oscar for Zero Dark Thirty. Ok not really but she deserved the win!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah, Meryl Streep just gets nominated pretty much every time she does a movie, I feel like. Not necessary, we get it.

        I’m on the Jessica Chastain love-train for life. That was such a snub. Maybe one day she’ll be on this list too, and the cycle will continue.

      • elle

        So annoying. I know everyone thought it was disrespectful/ungracious when JLaw won and was all haha I beat Meryl Streep and it was but I was kind of snickering because it’s so true! And she even got a nom for the universally panned awful August: Osage County this year. So silly. She is anamazingactress but not all her roles are award worthy and the academy just needs to admit that.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Hated August: Osage County. Just hated it. Especially because I loved the play, and I thought the movie crammed it all in in such an awkward, sloppy way. Such a shame.

      • Mango

        That was actually a quote from the movie, “First Wives Club.” Goldie Hawn said it. Malawi was just being silly when she said it…

      • elle

        Is it? I’ve never seen that movie. But I do remember a lot of criticism for it going around the internet after it happened.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah, the quote is definitely from there, but it does happen to be especially fitting in this circumstance.

    • Lena

      I’m still mad over Bullock winning for that trite piece of shit role. She wasn’t bad in it, but come on…it wasn’t exactly hard to play.

      • Jenni

        I remember being so mad when she won. I love the movie and I love Sandy, but that was not an Oscar performance.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Yeah I definitely put that one in for you, Jenni.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Such a weird choice for them to give it to her.

    • Nora

      You know Denzel won his first Oscar in 1989 for Glory, right?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I had not realized that, thanks for letting me know! I’ll adjust the text right now to reflect that.

    • Kathy

      Jennifer Lawrence was great in Winter’s Bone, but not many people saw that movie. The Academy votes for the stars who “sell tickets” and bring people to the theaters. So Lawrence is in that category now but she wasn’t then. I just wanted to mention Leo DiCaprio who should have won for J. Edgar but they snubbed him. He was great but people didn’t like the subject matter. In 2010 he had 2 awesome movies out, Shutter Island and Inception, and he was GREAT in both of them, but no Oscar love for Leo. That’s why I think Leo will win this year, he’s been overlooked too many times.

      • Tami Menzed

        don’t make sense cos wolf of wall street made more money than mathew and like always leonardo dicaprio lost

    • LanoraPaynter

      There does not discriminate with some celebrity to present the award in belated.

    • Akash Vijay

      I agree with most of the picks other than Ledger. Particularly agree with Scorsese and Washington. Ledger was terrific in Brokeback but honestly I thought Hoffman was just as good. So I won;don’t go as far as to say Ledger was snubbed. As for The Dark Knight, obviously his death may have drawn the voters attention to his performance, but he had no competition what so ever that year. Josh Brolin was second best and he was nowhere close to Ledger’s performance. Ledger won every single award that year, I can’t believe you’re calling his performance undeserving of a win.

    • AugustineThomas

      Good article. It shows how ridiculous the Academy Awards have become. Also, it’s more proof that leftism ruins everything.
      It’s like the Noble Prize.. What used to be awards for greatness are now popularity contests.