Greatest non-nominated perfs: too many to count…

Posted by · 6:38 am · June 17th, 2008

…but I’ll try.  A sprint of sorts through deacades of deserving contenders (in my opinion, of course).

I ask you this: How did those lovable characters from “The Wizard of Oz,” portrayed so brilliantly by Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Lion) and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch), fail to be nominated in any of the supporting categories? Any one of them should have won the damned thing let alone be nominated, but in 1939, each and every one of them was snubbed.

How about John Wayne, nominated just twice in his long career? Criminally snubbed for “The Searchers” — in which his Ethan Edwards rages across the screen to discover, shockingly his own humanity — Wayne was always a much better actor than given credit for. He should have earned nods for “Red River,” “The Quiet Man,” “Rio Bravo,” and “The Shootist,” his final and most haunting performance.

Where was Bruce Dern for his unhinged terrorist in “Black Sunday,” one of the most frightening characters ever put on screen? And the great Robert Shaw in “Jaws?”

Dustin Hoffman gave one of his finest performances in “Straight Time” but was barely noticed for the work, while Richard Dreyfuss won for his incessant mugging in “The Goodbye Girl,” only to be snubbed for sensitive work in “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” Where were both Robin Williams in “Moscow on the Hudson” and the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Actor winner Steve Martin in “All of Me” in 1984? And for his startling, unnerving work in “Star 80,” Eric Roberts was also ignored.

In 1981, the great Robert Duvall was left off the list for his turn in “True Confessions,” as was John Travolta in “Blow Out” and Treat Williams in “Prince of the City” all three performances more deserving the winner, Henry Fonda, who should have won 41 years earlier for “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Was the Academy just watching Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia” and totally missing the incredible work from Denzel Washington? How, how, how was Gene Hackman so ignored for “The Royal Tanenbaums,” arguably the finest performance of his career? What about Jack Nicholson in “The Shining?” Michael Douglas in “Wonder Boys?” Harrison Ford in “The Mosquito Coast?”

Where, where, where was Jeff Bridges for “Fearless” or “The Big Lebowski?” Tom Hanks, who has more than his fair share of success with the golden man, deserved to be at least nominated in 2002 for “Road to Perdition” and possibly for his supporting work in “Catch Me If You Can,” which by the way should have netted Leonardo DiCaprio a lead actor nomination. I thought Tom Cruise was deserving for his work in “The Last Samurai,” personally, and Sean Penn for “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” in which he portrayed one of his least likable characters the screen could have revealed.

Just last year Emile Hirsch felt Oscar’s cold shoulder for his superb work in “Into the Wild,” while Brad Pitt was snubbed for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

Which performances have you seen that were brilliant, but not even nominated? (And yes I have one on the ladies being prepped.)

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  • 1 6-17-2008 at 6:48 am

    Bill said...

    Jeff Bridges – “The Door in the Floor”
    Peter Dinklage – “The Station Agent”
    Paul Giamatti – “The Hawk is Dying”
    Nick Nolte – “The Thin Red Line”
    Naomi Watts – “Mulholland Drive”
    Joan Allen, “The Upside of Anger”
    Nicole Kidman, “Dogville”

    Recent ones, anyway.

  • 2 6-17-2008 at 7:22 am

    Princess of Peace said...

    Well, just from 2004 I can think of so many – Javier Bardem – The Sea Inside
    Liam Neeson – Kinsey
    Gael Garcia Bernal – The Motorcycle Diaries or Bad Education
    Kevin Bacon – The Woodsman
    Sean Penn – The Assassination of Richard Nixon

    That is a whole alternative list for Best Actor for that year. But I guess you can’t nominate everybody.

  • 3 6-17-2008 at 7:53 am

    Walter said...

    I can think of so many. But just to name a few…

    Meryl Streep, The Hours & A Prairie Home Companion
    Henry Gibson, Nashville
    Philip Baker Hall, Magnolia
    Boris Karloff, The Black Cat
    Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
    Clive Owen, Children of Men

    And you said it: Gene Hackman was robbed for The Royal Tenenbaums

  • 4 6-17-2008 at 8:19 am

    mike said...

    Clive Owen – Children of Men
    Brad Pitt – Jesse James
    Angelina Jolie – Mighty Heart

  • 5 6-17-2008 at 8:24 am

    Ivan Hernandez said...

    from the 90’s
    Harvey Keitel / Bad Lieutenant
    Tim Roth / Reservoir Dogs
    Woody Harrelson / Natural Born Killers
    Linus Roache / Priest
    Ewan Mcgregor / Trainspotting
    Ian Holm / The Sweet Hereafter
    Jude Law / Gattaca
    Jeff Bridges / The Big Lebowski
    Dylan Baker / Happiness
    Bill Murray / Rushmore
    Brad Pitt / Fight Club
    Ray Winstone / The War Zone

    from this decade
    Christian Bale / American Psycho
    Jamie Bell / Billy Elliot
    Mark Ruffalo / You Can Count on Me
    John Cameron Mitchell / Hedwig and the…
    Gene Hackman / The Royal Tenembaums
    Brian Cox / LIE
    Barry Pepper / 25th Hour !!!!!!!!
    Sam Rockwell / Confessions of a…
    Paul Giamatti / American Splendor
    Peter Sarsgard / Shattered Glass
    Jeff Bridges / The Door in the Floor
    Cameron Bright / Birth
    David Caradine / Kill Bill vol. 2
    Viggo Mortensen / A History of Violence
    Jeff Daniels / The Squid and the Whale
    Leonardo DiCaprio / The Departed!!!
    Sam Riley / Control
    Emile Hirsch / Into the Wild
    Benicio Del Toro / Things We Lost in the Fire

  • 6 6-17-2008 at 8:36 am

    Ivan Hernandez said...

    Jennifer Jason Leigh / Last Exit to Brooklyn
    Michelle Pfeiffer / Batman Returns
    Tilda Swinton / Orlando
    Kate Winslet / Heavenly Creatures
    Juliette Lewis / Natural Born Killers
    Nicole Kidman / To Die For !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Courtney Love / The People vs. Larry Flynt
    Renee Zellweger / Jerry Maguire
    Sarah Polley / The Sweet Hereafter
    Sigourney Weaver / The Ice Storm
    Pam Grier / Jackie Brown
    Joan Allen / Pleasantville
    Helena Bonham Carter / Fight Club
    Lara Belmont / The War Zone
    Reese Witherspoon / Election

    Jennifer Connelly / Requiem for a Dream
    Bjork / Dancer in the Dark
    Naomi Watts / Mulholland Drive
    Thora Birch / Ghost World
    Emily Watson / Punch Drunk Love
    Uma Thurman / Kill Bill !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Maria Bello / A History of Violence
    Toni Collette / In Her Shoes
    Maggie Gyllenhaal / SherryBaby
    Kirsten Dunst / Marie Antoinette
    Shareeka Epps / Half Nelson
    Jodie Foster / The Brave One
    Anamaria Marinca / 4 months, 3 weeks….

  • 7 6-17-2008 at 9:12 am

    Patrick said...

    Ron Silver – Reversal Of Fortune
    Eric Bogosian – Talk Radio
    Meryl Streep – A Prarie Home Companion
    Peter Sarsgaard / Shattered Glass
    Kevin Bacon – The Woodsman
    Mia Farrow – The Purple Rose of Cairo
    Amy Adams – Enchanted
    Ryan Gosling – The Believer – still one of the greatest performances ever commited to film

    Karen Kartridge – Claire Dolan.
    it still gives me chills.

  • 8 6-17-2008 at 9:15 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    God, where to start? Richard Burton in Look Back in Anger, Burt Lancaster in The Leopard (and The Swimmer, for that matter), Bibi Andersson in Persona, Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall in 3 Women…

    And I’m still sore that they missed the two best lead-actress perfs of 2002: Cate Blanchett in Heaven and (yes) Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl.

  • 9 6-17-2008 at 9:16 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Good call on Katrin Cartlidge, Patrick… she is much missed in UK cinema.

  • 10 6-17-2008 at 10:09 am

    Silencio said...

    I echo SEVERAL of the sentiments already written. I also add:

    Jeffrey Jones, Emperor Joseph II–Amadeus

    Sergi Lopez, Captain Vidal–Pan’s Labyrinth

    Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine

    James Marsden, Enchanted

    Julianne Moore, The Hours

    Stanley Tucci, Shall We Dance (i’m serious)

    Eddie Murphy, The Nutty Professor (taken as a whole, literally one of the greatest screen performances I’ve seen)

    Andy Serkis, LOTR

    Morgan Freeman, Lean On Me

    Danny Glover, The Color Purple

    Maribel Verdu, Y Tu Mama Tambien/ Pan’s Labyrinth

    Naomi Watts, The Painted Veil

    Johnny Depp, The Libertine

    Ulrich Muhe, The Lives of Others

    Paul Giamatti, Sideways

    Sly Stallone, Rocky Balboa

    Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

    Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, A Mighty Wind

  • 11 6-17-2008 at 10:12 am

    Silencio said...

    Oh yeah, Danny DeVito in Batman Returns

  • 12 6-17-2008 at 10:56 am

    Bernardo S said...

    As for the males…
    Tim Curry – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Cillian Murphy – Breakfast on Pluto (and no…I don’t have a drag fetish)
    Paul Giamatti (American Splendor & Sideways)
    Philippe Noiret (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
    Jim Carrey (The Truman Show)
    Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot)
    Christian Bale (American Psycho)
    John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
    Bertil Guve (Fanny och Alexander)
    Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine)
    James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland & Atonement)

    Brian Cox (LIE)
    Ben Stiller (The Royal Tenenbaums)
    Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine)
    Sergi Lopez (El Laberinto del Fauno)
    Bill Nighy (Love Actually)
    Dylan Baker ()Happiness)
    Salvatore Cascio (Cinema Paradiso)
    Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins)

    …and many many others!!!
    And it gets even worse with the actresses… of my favourite leading female performances of the 2000’s only 3 have been nominated for the Oscar.

  • 13 6-17-2008 at 11:00 am

    Joseph said...

    Perhaps their most egregious and unforgivable snub is of Klaus Maria Brandaeur’s brilliantly enigmatic performance in 1981’s Best Foreign Language Film winner, “Mephisto.” It is among the greatest performances I’ve ever seen, and for them not to recognize his masterwork is something to this I day I cannot understand.

    Other major, stand-out snubs for me include Paul Giamatti’s irreverent work in “Sideways” (I remember that stirred up a lot of controversy in 2004 when he failed to be nominated), Naomi Watts’ haunting performance in “Mulholland Drive,” Max von Sydow’s compelling stuff in many a Bergman film, Humphrey Bogart in “The Maltese Falcon,” Bibi Andersson in “Persona,” and Marcello Mastroianni in “La Dolce Vita” and “8½,” among others.

    I’m sure there are a lot more I’m forgetting right now.

  • 14 6-17-2008 at 11:38 am

    Joel said...

    Four for each acting category:

    (Male Lead) Clive Owen as Theo in the transcendent, devastating “Children of Men”, which ranks as the best film of 2006.

    (Female Lead) Amy Adams as the bubbly Princess Gisele in “Enchanted”; she was so bubbly, in fact, it was tour-de-force.

    (Male Supporting): Sean Astin in the third LOTR; the sequence in Mount Doom just before the ring is destroyed was brilliant.

    (Female Supporting): Emily Blunt in “The Devil Wears Prada”. Sorry, Kris, I loved this film and Blunt’s perf. was amazing.

    Lots I’m forgetting, but there’s a start.

  • 15 6-17-2008 at 11:48 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    My perceptions:

    -Christian Bale, American Psycho
    -Eric Bana: Munich
    -Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot
    -Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    -Vincent Cassel, Eastern Promises
    -Johnny Depp, Ed Wood
    -Leonardo DiCaprio, The Depated
    -Robert Downey Jr., Zodiac
    -Ralph Fiennes, The Constant Gardener
    -Joseph Fiennes, Shakespeare in Love (Why Gwyneth and not him?)
    -Gael Garcia Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries / Bad Education
    -Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild
    -Philip Seymour Hoffman, Happiness
    -Heath Ledger: Monster’s Ball
    -Tony Leung: Happy Together / In the Mood of Love / Lust Caution (One of the most underracted actors at the Oscars)
    -James McAvoy: The Last King of Scotland
    -Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting / Moulin Rouge! (Unleast for me, Kidman hasn’t the same impact for her performance without McGregor)
    -Liam Neeson: Kinsey / Michael Collins
    -Brad Pitt: Fight Club / Snatch / The assassination of Jesse James…
    -Sam Riley, Control
    -Peter Sarsgaard, Shattered Glass / Kinsey
    -Billy Bob Thornton, The Man Who wasn’t there / Monster’s Ball

    -Norma Aleandro: The Official Story
    -Joan Allen, The Upside of Anger
    -Juliette Binoche: Three Colors: Blue/ Breaking and Entering
    -Cate Blanchett: Heaven
    -Helena Bonham Carter: Sweeney Todd / Fight Club
    -Toni Collette: Muriel’s Wedding / In her Shoes
    -Jennifer Connelly: Requiem for a Dream
    -Laura Dern: Inland Empire
    -Pam Grier: Jackie Brown
    -Isabelle Huppert: The Piano Teacher
    -Angelina Jolie: A Mighty Heart
    -Nicole Kidman: To die for / Dogville
    -Jennifer Jason Leigh: Mrs. Parker and the vicious circle / Georgia
    -Anamaria Manrica: 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days
    -Julianne Moore: Magnolia
    -Samantha Morton, Movern Callar
    -Sarah Polley: The Sweet Hereafter
    -Cecilia Roth: All about my Mother
    -Tilda Swinton, Orlando / The Deep End
    -Victoire Thivisol: Ponnette (One of the most important child performances in the history of cinema)
    -Uma Thurman, Kill Bill
    -Naomi Watts, Mulholland Dr.
    -Sigourney Weaver, The Death and the maider / The ice Storm
    -Tang Wei, Lust Caution
    -Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen

  • 16 6-17-2008 at 12:41 pm

    Chad said...

    I’ll stick to this decade-

    Mark Ruffalo – You Can Count on Me
    Gene Hackman – The Royal Tenenbaums
    Adam Sandler – Punch-Drunk Love
    Paul Bettany – Dogville
    Jim Carrey – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Jeff Daniels – The Squid and the Whale
    Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat
    Michael Cera – Superbad

  • 17 6-17-2008 at 1:57 pm

    Isaac Richter said...

    For me, these are some of my favorite non-nominated performances, mostly comedians or from comedies, but they’re just amazing.

    Jim Carrey in either The Truman Show or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (that this guy has never been nominated is beyond me).

    Steve Carrell in Little Miss Sunshine

    Steve Buscemi in Ghost World (my favorite of his, no question).

    Paul Giamatti in Sideways.

    Ryan Gosling in Lars and the Real Girl (what an endearing performance).

    Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can.

    Hugh Grant in About a Boy (or Four Weddings and a Funeral, he was amazing in both).

    Aaron Eckhart in Thank You for Smoking.

    Those are the ones I can think of right now, but there are more, and I won’t get into the girls right now.

  • 18 6-17-2008 at 2:32 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    Oh, yes I knew I forgot something and that’s Aaron Eckhart

  • 19 6-17-2008 at 3:27 pm

    Andre said...

    I remember being pretty horrified when they snubbed Paul Giamatti for “Sideways”, seeing as it was better than ALL of the nominated performances… typing from work, will post more later hahahahaha

  • 20 6-17-2008 at 3:29 pm

    Andre said...

    and I just referred to Paul Giamatti as an “it”. That’s what you get when you type in a rush… I meant “he”.

  • 21 6-17-2008 at 3:34 pm

    McAllister said...

    Brad Pitt – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    Brad Pitt – Babel
    Samantha Morton – Minority Report
    Max Von Sydow – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    Tim Blake Nelson – O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Susan Sarandon – Moonlight Mile
    Dustin Hoffman – Moonlight Mile
    Jake Gylenhaal – Moonlight Mile
    Gael Garcia Bernal – The Motorcycle Diaries
    Gael Garcia Bernal – The Science of Sleep
    Benicio Del Toro – Things We Lost in the Fire
    Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
    Cate Blanchett – Veronica Guerin
    James McAvoy – The Last King of Scotland
    Eric Bana – Munich
    Geoffrey Rush – Munich
    Michael Lonsdale – Munich
    Andy Serkis – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    Sean Astin – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    I’ll post more when they come to mind.

  • 22 6-17-2008 at 5:46 pm

    Marvin said...

    Gael García Bernal- La Mala Educación/Diarios de Motocicleta
    Lily Tomlin- I ♥ Huckabees
    Julie Delpy- Before Sunset
    Nicole Kidman- Dogville
    Cate Blanchett- Little Fish
    Clare-Hope Ashitey- Children of Men
    Clive Owen- Children of Men
    Claire Danes- Shopgirl

    Just a few performances off the top of my head.

  • 23 6-18-2008 at 3:05 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No one has said it. I’ll say it.

    Anytime this query is brought up in film conversation, one name and performance stands head and shoulders above the rest to me. To this day I still don’t get how the guys lipped under the radar without some MAJOR awards notices:


    I don’t need to mention the film.

  • 24 6-18-2008 at 4:33 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Absolutely, Kris – his work in Corrina, Corrina is seminal.

    Anyway, seriously – good call.

  • 25 6-18-2008 at 12:03 pm

    cinema tek said...

    RIVER PHOENIX, My Own Private Idaho
    WINONA RYDER, Reality Bites
    BRUCE WILLIS, Pulp Fiction
    RUSSELL CROWE, L.A. Confidential
    EDWARD NORTON, Fight Club
    NICOLE KIDMAN, The Others
    SARAH POLLEY, My Life Without Me
    ERIC BANA, Troy
    SOOK YIN LEE, Shortbus

    if members of the academy were sharpest and wisers.

  • 26 6-18-2008 at 2:22 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    Other great Snubs (Well maybe I need a long list):

    -Naveen Andrews: The English patient
    -Paul Bettany: Master and Commander…
    -Steve Carrel: Little Miss Sunshine
    -Dominic Cooper: The History Boys
    -Russell Crowe: L.A.Confidential / 3:10 to Yuma
    -Paul Dano: There Will Be Blood
    -Aaron Eckhart: Thank You for smoking
    -Gael Garcia Bernal: The science of sleep
    -Marc-Andre Gordin: C.R.A.Z.Y (I saw the film and how underracted film and performance. he could get easily a place in this boring 2006 race for best Actor)
    -Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Mysterious Skin (If this year race is strong, he’ll be snubbed again for Stop Loss)
    -Ryan Gosling: Lars and the real girl
    -Terrence Howard: Crash
    -Sergi Lopez: Pan’s Labyrinth
    -ian McKellen: Richard III
    -River Phoenix: My own private Idaho
    -Denzel Washington: Philadelphia (You’re right about him)

    -Bjork: Dancer in the Dark (One of the most awful snubbs in my opinion)
    -Cate Blanchett: Little Fish
    -Judy Davis: Children of the Revolution
    -Kate Dickie, Red Road
    -Charlotte Gainsbourg: The Science of Sleep
    -Anne Hathaway: Brokeback Mountain / Becoming Jane
    -Gong Li: Ju Dou / Farewell my Concubine / Huozhe / Memoirs of a Geisha (one of the Best Actresses in the World)
    -Thandie Newton: Crash (One of the few good things of the film)
    -Ellen Page: Hard Candy
    -Michelle Pfeiffer: Batmas Returns
    -Ally Sheedy: High Art
    -Kate Winslet: Holy Smoke!

  • 27 6-18-2008 at 3:48 pm

    McAllister said...

    Also, Cate Blanchett in Charlotte Gray was a phenominal, strong performance.

  • 28 6-18-2008 at 8:20 pm

    Joseph said...

    Klaus Maria Brandauer in “Mephisto” is still their most notably unforgivable snub. Nothing tops it for me.

  • 29 6-20-2008 at 10:57 pm

    Mike said...

    Meryl Streep – The Hours – Leading Actress
    Meryl Streep – A Prairie Home Companion – Supporting Actress
    Meryl Streep – The Manchurian Candidate – Supporting Actress
    Kate Winslet – Heavenly Creatures – Leading Actress
    Keira Knightly – Atonement – Leading Actress
    Emily Blunt – The Devil Wears Prada – Supporting Actress (I can’t believe she was not nominated)

  • 30 8-20-2008 at 7:59 am

    SR said...

    Oh I agree with so many have already posted.

    But right off the top I think one of the biggest Oscar snubs was

    In the 90’s Harvey Keitel – The Piano
    Ray Liotta – Goodfellas
    Paul Bettany – Master and Commander
    Paul Giamatti -snubbed twice in my opinion

  • 31 9-08-2008 at 8:29 pm

    Aaron said...

    i think you’re right with the brad pitt for jesse james and fight club. i also think christian bale was jipped for rescue dawn, but i’m surprised that noone has said (eve in the article) what i think is the biggest robbery in recent memory and of all time is GUY PEARCE in MEMENTO for BEST ACTOR

  • 32 11-05-2008 at 9:44 am

    Chris said...

    I am so glad you mentioned my top three greatest non-nominated performances.

    1. Jeff Bridges ‘Fearless’
    2. Dustin Hoffman ‘Straight Time’
    3. Gene Hackman ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’

    How, how, how?! could the academy miss these?

  • 33 12-28-2008 at 9:54 pm

    Signor Bacon said...

    – Johnny Depp – Ed Wood & The Libertine
    – Jeff Bridges – The Big Lebowski
    – Christian Bale – American Psycho, The
    Machinist & 3:10 to Yuma
    – John Turturro – Barton Fink
    – Ewan McGregor – Big Fish
    – Gabriel Byrne – Miller’s Crossing
    – Jack Nicholson – The Shining
    – Malcolm McDowell – A Clockwork Orange
    – Russel Crowe – 3:10 to Yuma
    – Steve Buscemi – Fargo

  • 34 12-30-2008 at 3:01 pm

    Signor Bacon said...

    -Russel Crowe for Master and Commander : The Far Side of the World
    -John Turturro for Miller’s Crossing

  • 35 10-11-2009 at 3:12 pm

    Zodiac said...

    Christopher Plummer – The Insider
    Jodie Foster – Contact
    Lena Endre – Faithless
    Cate Blanchett – Little Fish/ Heaven/ Veronica Guerin
    Bruno Ganz – Der Untergang
    Paul Bettany – Dogville
    Patricia Clarkson – Dogville
    Kenneth Branagd – Hamlet
    Meryl Streep – The Hours
    Parker Posey – Best in Show
    Michelle Pfeiffer – The Age of Innocence
    Sigourney Weaver – The Ice Storm
    Maggie Cheung – In the mood for love
    Tony Lieung – In the mood for Love
    Michelle Yeoh – Crouching tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Ralph Fiennes – The Constant Gardner
    Christian Bale – American Psycho
    Russell Crowe – L.A.Confidential
    Kathy Bates – Dolores Claiborne
    Jennifer Jason Leigh – A Single White woman
    Cameron Diaz – Being John Malcovitch