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From Jean Simmons to Tom Cruise – Non-Nominated Actors: Biggest Oscar Snubs #8f

Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man
Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson’s Academy Award winner Rain Man (1988). Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar that year; Cruise wasn’t even nominated.

Biggest Oscar Snubs #8e: Non-Nominated Actors - From Charles Farrell to Rock Hudson

  • Jean Simmons, Elmer Gantry (1960)
  • Robert Mitchum, The Sundowners (1960)
  • Fredric March, Inherit the Wind (1960)
  • Fred MacMurray, The Apartment (1960)
  • Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier, Fanny (1961)
  • Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer, West Side Story (1961)
  • Laurence Harvey, Summer and Smoke (1961)
  • Alec Guinness, Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Paul Newman, Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
  • Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
  • Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Cleopatra (1963)
  • Brandon De Wilde, Hud (1963)
  • Susannah York, Tom Jones (1963)
  • Alan Bates and Irene Papas, Zorba the Greek (1964)
  • Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, and Glynis Johns, Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Audrey Hepburn, My Fair Lady (1964)
  • Vivien Leigh, Ship of Fools (1965)
  • Jason Robards and Barbara Harris, A Thousand Clowns (1965)
  • Laurence Harvey and Dirk Bogarde, Darling (1965)
  • Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker, The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Terence Stamp, The Collector (1965)
  • Sidney Poitier, A Patch of Blue (1965)
  • Alan Bates, Georgy Girl (1966)
  • Susannah York, A Man for All Seasons (1966)
  • Sidney Poitier, In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
  • Martin Sheen, The Subject Was Roses (1968)
  • Mark Lester, Shani Wallis and Oliver Reed, Oliver! (1968)
  • Mia Farrow, Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  • Michael Sarrazin, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)
  • Karl Malden, Patton (1970)
  • Robert Mitchum and Trevor Howard, Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
  • Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset and Jean Seberg, Airport (1970)
  • Michael Jayston and Irene Worth, Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
  • Timothy Bottoms and Cybill Shepherd, The Last Picture Show (1971)
  • Fernando Rey, The French Connection (1971)
  • Michael York, Cabaret (1972)
  • Max von Sydow, The Emigrants (1972)
  • Diane Keaton, The Godfather (1972)
  • Paul Newman and Robert Shaw, The Sting (1973)
  • Max von Sydow, The Exorcist (1973)
  • Ryan O’Neal, Paper Moon (1973)
  • George Segal, A Touch of Class (1973)
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald, Harry and Tonto (1974)
  • John Huston, Chinatown (1974)
  • Diane Keaton, The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, All the President’s Men (1976)
  • Sophia Loren, A Special Day (1977)
  • Julie Christie, Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  • Gregory Peck, The Boys from Brazil (1978)
  • Liv Ullmann, Autumn Sonata (1978)
  • Michael Douglas, The China Syndrome (1979)
  • Burt Reynolds, Starting Over (1979)
  • Alan Bates, The Rose (1979)
  • Shirley MacLaine, Being There (1979)
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
  • Paul Le Mat, Melvin and Howard (1980)
  • Donald Sutherland, Ordinary People (1980)
  • Kristy McNichol, Only When I Laugh (1981)
  • Sally Field, Absence of Malice (1981)
  • Ben Cross and Ian Charleson, Chariots of Fire (1981)
  • Liza Minnelli and Geraldine Fitzgerald, Arthur (1981)
  • Charlotte Rampling, The Verdict (1982)
  • Richard Gere, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • James Garner, Victor Victoria (1982)
  • Kurt Russell, Silkwood (1983)
  • Victor Banerjee, A Passage to India (1984)
  • Kelly McGillis, Witness (1985)
  • Raul Julia, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
  • Kathleen Turner, Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
  • Danny Glover, The Color Purple (1985)
  • Jane Fonda, Agnes of God (1985)
  • Robert Redford, Out of Africa (1985)
  • Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands, A Room with a View (1986)
  • Jessica Lange and Diane Keaton, Crimes of the Heart (1986)
  • Tom Cruise, The Color of Money (1986)
  • Charlie Sheen, Platoon (1986)
  • Mia Farrow and Barbara Hershey, Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
  • John Lone, Peter O’Toole and Joan Chen, The Last Emperor (1987)
  • Nicolas Cage, Moonstruck (1987)
  • John Malkovich, Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
  • William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, The Accidental Tourist (1988)
  • Harrison Ford, Working Girl (1988)
  • Tom Cruise, Rain Man (1988)

Note: The list above isn’t a reflection of my personal tastes. And unlike the other posts in the “Biggest Oscar Snubs” series — which features some of the most talked-about Oscar “snubs” — this partial list of non-nominated actors is supposed to be an illustration of which performers were bypassed by the Academy while their vehicles (especially if a Best Picture winner) and co-stars (especially if more than one) were shortlisted. Some of those omissions were followed by widespread outrage; others were duly ignored.

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1 Comment to From Jean Simmons to Tom Cruise – Non-Nominated Actors: Biggest Oscar Snubs #8f

  1. I agree so hard on the Danny Glover and Nicolas Cage ones. esp. considering all the other nominations that came out of those films.







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