It’s that time of the year where award ceremonies are gaining all the attention. And, with the most prestigious awards only a few days away, our excitement is uncontrollable. The awards season sparks debate over a certain things like – who will win, who won, who should have won, and for which role. Sometimes the awards season has been a tad bit unpredictable and leaves us disappointed.
The Academy routinely snubs a few Oscar-winning performances almost every-year. In anticipation of the Academy Awards this weekend, here are the 5 best performances from the current nominations that weren’t nominated for the Oscars in the past.
1. Julianne Moore, Safe (1995)
Nominated for – Still Alice (Best Actress)
For close to two decades, Julianne Moore has undoubtedly been one of the best performers in Hollywood. However, one of her best roles didn’t get enough recognition or acclaim – the role of Caron White in the film Safe. As a housewife who develops allergies to her environment, Moore delivers one of the most phenomenal performances. Soon after her allergies start wearing her down, Caron White begins to give us a bravely stunning performance. She is superb when she plays the role of a ‘regular’ person, but she’s always phenomenal when she portrays characters that have a certain level of uncertainty in them.
2. Reese Witherspoon, Election (1999)
Nominated for – Wild (Best Actress)
Reese Witherspoon was rooted to win several awards for her performance in the 1999 American comedy, Election, but sadly missed an Oscar nomination for this film. Reese played the role of Tracy, an over-zealous student whose drive for success was like no other! Witherspoon’s every vengeful action and glaring sight made her character, Tracy, a one to remember. Although she was snubbed by the Oscar committee, she certainly wasn’t excluded by the Golden Globes.
3. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth Estate (2013)
Nominated for – The Imitation Game (Best Actor)
Although Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t actually resemble anybody, he brilliantly manages to star in most biopics! In The Fifth Estate, Cumberbatch played the role of Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. The only highlight of this sluggish and melodramatic film was the noteworthy performance by Cumberbatch. His awkward body language and trembling tone elevated his character. This year, the actor is nominated for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the biopic The Imitation Game.
4. Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight (2013)
Nominated for – Boyhood (Best Supporting Actor)
If there was ever an award for the actor who has featured the most in ‘films spanning across different timelines’, then the award would definitely belong to Ethan Hawke. And of course, the credit also goes to Richard Linklater. The actor has starred in the romantic drama Before Sunrise, and later in its sequels Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013). The actor delivered exceptional performances in the trilogy, especially in After Midnight. Balancing his role of an insecure parent and a solicitous husband, Ethan delivers an emotionally expressive performance. The Oscars could’ve taken a note of his spectacular work.
5. Patricia Arquette, Lost Highway (1997)
Nominated for – Boyhood (Best Supporting Actress)
The psychological-horror film, Lost Highway saw Patricia deliver a striking performance as the double-crossing wife and a gangster’s aide. The bold scene in which Alice (Patricia) is seen confronting her mobster, will make you squirm (pretty sure this scene was intended to do so). This film should’ve surely fetched the actress some awards.