Who is the best actor not to win an Oscar?

Waking to the news that Colin Firth won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as George VI in The King’s Speech, I thought it would be fun to consider outstanding acting performances that for one reason or another didn’t win an Oscar.

My nomination is for Sean Connery’s spellbending performance as Brother William of Baskerville in The Name of the Rose (a “palimpsest” of Umberto Eco’s novel of the same title). In fact you can watch the whole film (in pieces) on Youtube:

Other nominations through the comments box please!


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4 Responses to “Who is the best actor not to win an Oscar?”

  1. IIRC, Connery’s only Oscar was for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables.

    Which are more objective: Oscars or Nobel Prizes?

    Can Oscars be awarded posthumously?

    Reading Simon Singh’s Big Bang on the train, I learned that the Nobel committee had relaxed their rules to allow astronomy to be considered physics and intended to give Hubble a Nobel Prize, but he died after this decision (but before a planned announcement) so it was retracted. For practical reasons, not all of Nobel’s will is followed to the letter, but the “no posthumous awards” bit is.

    • Anton Garrett Says:

      The nearest to a posthumous Nobel was Lev Landau’s 1962 Prize for physics, clearly awarded because he seemed in imminent danger of dying from injuries contracted in a car crash. In fact he lived another 6 years, although he never fully recovered.

  2. Dave Carter Says:

    I would nominate him for a Razzie for the Russia House though.

  3. Dave Carter Says:

    Connery that is, not Simon Singh

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