FILM: Rewarding the Wrong Roles



When Martin Scorsese finally won his Oscar last month for The Departed, most film fans responded with a chorus of "About time!" A few, however, retorted with, "For that movie?"

Yes, of course Scorsese's Oscar should have been for one of his signature films, specifically GoodFellas or Raging Bull.


But the Academy has a history of rewarding individuals for the wrong movies, especially when it comes to the actors. Here, then, are some examples of Oscar-winning roles followed by the parts for which the performers should have won their statues.

Denzel Washington: Won Best Actor for Training Day (2001); should have won for Malcolm X (1992).

Al Pacino: Won Best Actor for Scent of a Woman (1992); should have won for The Godfather (1972).

Paul Newman: Won Best Actor for The Color of Money (1986); should have won for The Hustler (1961).

Henry Fonda: Won Best Actor for On Golden Pond (1981); should have won for The Grapes of Wrath (1940).

Dustin Hoffman: Won Best Actor for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988); should have won for Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Tootsie (1982).

Jack Lemmon: Won Best Actor for Save the Tiger (1973); should have won for Some Like It Hot (1959).

Humphrey Bogart: Won Best Actor for The African Queen (1951); should have won for either Casablanca (1943) or The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

Ingrid Bergman: Won Best Actress for Gaslight (1944) and Anastasia (1956); should have won one for Notorious (1946).

James Stewart: Won Best Actor for The Philadelphia Story (1940); should have won for It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

Bette Davis: Won Best Actress for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938); should have won one for All About Eve (1950).

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