8 great stars never winning an Oscar (Part II)

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for the movie "The Revenant" (2015) in early 2016. However, many Hollywood stars have not been as fortunate as the actor.

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Edward Norton: Fight Club (1999) is a bright spot in Edward Norton's career, but he did not actually receive an Oscar nomination for the lead role in director David Fincher's film. His three nominations were for Primal Fear (1996), American History X (1998) and Birdman (2014). He also starred in other roles, such as Everyone Says I Love You, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Fight Club, Red Dragon, 25th Hour, Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. However, the famous actor always trying his best for the role has not yet had a chance to stand on the stage and receive the award. Some commented that Edward Norton was a hard man and he was not an easy star to work with. The most concrete evidence is that Norton refused the role of Hulk after The Incredible Hulk (2008), and he has never regretted it. 


Ian McKellen: At the age of 78, Ian McKellen is the "big name" in the film industry. Not only is the British actor best known for his two blockbuster brands, The Lord of the Rings (as Gandalf) and X-Men (as Magneto), but he was also featured in a number of notable movie projects such as Gods and Monsters (1998) or Richard III (1995). However, the Academy offered him only two Oscars, and never has the veteran actor returned with a golden statue. That does not seem to deserve admirable Ian McKellen's career. 


Steve McQueen: Dubbed "King of Cool", Steve McQueen was a Hollywood's top star in the 1960s, and  once the highest paid actor in Hollywood. It is hard to believe that McQueen only had one Oscar nomination in his career, and it was not for The Great Escape (1963), Bulitt (1968) or Papillon (1973), but The Sands Pebble (1966). Steve McQueen died at age of 50 due to cancer, so he no longer has the opportunity to continue the Oscar races. 


Ridley Scott: Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1992), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), American Gangster (2007) and The Martian (2005) are enough to show that Ridley Scott is one of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers. However, the Oscars have always "avoided" him. Even though Gladiator won the 2001 Oscar for Best Picture, he still had to see his colleague Steven Soderbergh win the category of “Best Director” with Traffic. In addition, Ridley Scott has failed Oscar nominations three more times. This year, the filmmakers could not be present in the race with All the Money in the World (2017).

By: Christina Baker

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