By Niall McArdle
The Oscars take place this Sunday. Each day this week I’ll be covering an aspect of the Academy Awards.
There will be winners and losers on Sunday. Of course, the winners aren’t referred to as winners, presumably to make the losers feel better. Get used to hearing the phrase “the Oscar goes to …”
But let’s face it, some people just lose the Oscar.
Here are some people who amazingly NEVER won an Oscar. Peter O’Toole went home empty-handed EIGHT times. Peter Lorre, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth were never even nominated.
Those who were awarded the consolation “honorary Oscar” are noted.
I’m restricting the list to dead people. There’s still hope for the likes of Alfred Molina, Steve Buscemi, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh and John Goodman (none of whom have ever even been nominated)
Greta Garbo. Nominated 3 times. Honorary Oscar in 1954
Howard Hawks. The director of Bringing Up Baby, Scarface, The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo and Red River was nominated only once, for Sergeant York. Awarded Honorary Oscar in 1974
Claude Rains. Nominated 4 times
Peter Lorre. Never nominated
Marilyn Monroe. Never nominated
Ava Gardner. Nominated once
Richard Burton. Nominated 7 times.
Dorothy Dandridge. Nominated once
Natalie Wood. Never nominated
Marlene Dietrich. Nominated only onceSidney Lumet. Nominated 4 times. Honorary Oscar in 2007
Jean Renoir. Nominated only once
Andrei Tarkovsky. Never nominated.
Rosalind Russell. Nominated 4 times. Awarded Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1973
Rita Hayworth. Never nominated
Barbara Stanwyck. Nominated 4 times.
Peter O’Toole. Nominated 8 times. Awarded Honorary Oscar in 2003
Alfred Hitchcock. Nominated 5 times. Irving Thalberg Award in 1968
Cary Grant. Nominated twice. Honorary Oscar in 1970
Peter Sellers. Nominated 3 times
Buster Keaton. Never nominated. Honorary Oscar in 1959
Robert Altman. Nominated 5 times. Honorary Oscar in 2005
Sam Peckinpah. Nominated only once.
John Cassavettes. Nominated 3 times
(Best Screenplay, Faces. Best Director, A Woman Under the Influence. Best Supporting Actor, The Dirty Dozen)
Stanley Kubrick. Actually, he did win once: He won for Visual Effects for 2001, even though it’s arguable that Douglas Trumbull really did the lion’s share of the work