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1942 Casablanca
The future winner of three Academy Awards had just started working in Hollywood and wasn’t nominated for her most immortal performance, the one that defined screen glamor.
1949 White Heat
One of the original crazily entertaining anti-heroes, he was incendiary as a ruthless desperado with a mommy fixation.
1957 Sweet Smell of Success
J.J. Hunsecker
His silky voice and controlled movements were like a cookie loaded with arsenic when he played the cruel gossip columnist modeled on Walter Winchell in one of the best and edgiest Hollywood films of the 1950s.
1957 A Face in the Crowd
Lonesome Rhodes
Another film that cut against the grain of the prevailing costume epics of the time, this nasty satire of, in part, populists like Will Rogers showed off the wicked appeal of the star as a folk singer turned TV star who leaves a trail of destruction in his wake.
1960 Psycho
Norman Bates
The little brother everyone would love to have in their family, he was sweetly harmless as a nice young man with an endearing love of taxidermy and a touching devotion to his ailing mother.
1971 A Clockwork Orange
Making his twisted character madly appealing and even hilarious couldn’t have been easy. To this day, he has still never been nominated for an Oscar.
1974 The Conversation
Harry Caul
The standard for restrained, interior acting, his performance as a surveillance expert who stumbles into a murder plot drove one of the strongest films from Hollywood’s paranoid 70s.
1975 Jaws
Even without his memorable monologue about the shark attack that followed the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis during World War II, he should have won for being a crafty old sea salt so tough he made for a plausible opponent to a shark.
1975 Dog Day Afternoon
In his short life, he appeared in five Best Picture-nominated films but never scored a nomination himself. His woebegone, low I.Q. bank robber was his most heartbreaking performance.
1979 Apocalypse Now
Col Walter E. Kurtz
Duvall was nominated, but his dead-eyed imperiousness should have been recognized also.
1979 Apocalypse Now
Capt Benjamin L. Willard
As should have this actor's determination.
1987 Full Metal Jacket
Sgt Hartman
An ex-drill instructor originally hired as a technical instructor, he was so hilariously gung-ho that Stanley Kubrick fired the actor he had originally cast and replaced him with this actor on the spot.
1990 Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands
Then known primarily as a teen idol and hunky star of the cop TV show 21 Jump Street, he was tender and tragic as the lost boy with the Freddy Krueger fingers in a magical fairy tale that marked the first of his eight nutty collaborations with director Tim Burton.
1993 Carlito's Way
David Kleinfeld
He took his game to another level while playing a squirrely cokehead lawyer to a Puerto Rican ex-con trying to stay straight in this intense 1970s drama, one of Brian De Palma’s best films.
1998 Rushmore
Herman Blume
Having faded as a comedy star, this actor relaunched a second career as a curmudgeonly millionaire who develops a strange friendship with an obnoxious prep school student in this spiky comedy.
1999 Election
Tracy Flick
Cute, smug, ambitious and entirely devious, the actress gave no quarter in Alexander Payne’s most perfect satire.
2001 Mulholland Drive
Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn
David Lynch’s dreamy and operatic L.A. noir was his best film since Blue Velvet, and it turned largely on the dual performance of the then-unknown actress as both a troubled siren and as a Doris Day-style naif.
2002 Love Actually
Billy Mack
His loopy, aging rocker gave the film its most hilarious and irresistible character, who grew more charming with every wobble and off-kilter line reading.
2012 Magic Mike
For years, this actor was a joke, a guy whose Texas twang and laid-back laziness had long since turned into self parody. His strip club owner, though, showed a steely and sinister core that re-established him as an actor with demons and dimensions.
2013 Her
Name another actress whose voice is so sexy that she doesn’t even need to be seen in the film to be the kind of girl who (in the worlds of Raymond Chandler) could “make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.”

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