Oscar week continues with a look at some of the best actors and actresses who are desperately seeking their second Oscar nomination after being welcomed into the club some time ago.

If we look back at others that used to fit this criteria, you can pull out names like Marion Cotillard, who was striking out countless times after her winning performance in “La Vie en Rose” in 2007.  By the looks of some of these candidates, you may find some wiggle room for them to capture their second nomination in the future, but some have things stacked against them.  Others, are working relentlessly hard to ensure their light doesn’t dim.

Check out the ten names down below:

harrisonford10. Harrison Ford

Last Oscar Nomination: “Witness” (1985)

Films Passed Over For: “The Mosquito Coast” (1986), “The Fugitive” (1993), “42” (2013)

Harrison Ford has been a movie star through and through since he shot “Greedo” (and he did shoot first!) in the bar in George Lucas’ “Star Wars” in 1977.  With that new found stardom, he stepped into another franchise playing the adventurous Indiana Jones, arguably delivering an Oscar-caliber turn in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”  The stars aligned for him in 1985 as policeman John Book in Peter Weir’s Oscar-nominated “Witness.”  Losing to the great William Hurt in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” the world waited patiently for his return to the Oscar ceremony.  The Academy never found their wits to go back to the rugged star, even when he utlizes his star power in Andrew Davis’ taut thriller “The Fugitive.”  At that age now where they’ll either go “sentimental” in an eye-popping supporting turn (which I thought they may do in 2013’s “42”) or he may go down the road of an Honorary Oscar.  With “Blade Runner” slated for 2018, it doesn’t look like he’s going to have too many opportunities left but a role in Justin Chadwick’s upcoming “Official Secrets” opposite Gillian Anderson, Anthony Hopkins, and Paul Bettany may have something in store for him.


  1. Kristin Scott Thomas’s second nomination should have been for The Horse Whisperer in 1998. Cinderella Man should have been Giamatti’s second nomination of course.

  2. I never knew Josh Brolin had only been nominated once. As for the list itself, I really do like that Gyllenhaal has made number one here- although Brokeback is his best performance in my own opinion, Gyllenhaal was robbed last year and in 2013 (Gyllenhaal in for Cumberbatch and Jonah Hill).

  3. Well this is even better than having my question answered on Power Hour! Here’s a few other names I was hoping to see:

    – Clive Owen (passed over for Inside Man and Children of Men)
    – Carey Mulligan (passed over for Drive, Inside Llewyn Davis and Suffragette)
    – Samuel L. Jackson (passed over for Django Unchained)
    – James Caan (passed over for Misery)
    – Mark Wahlberg (passed over for The Fighter)
    – Harvey Keitel (passed over for Cop Land, Youth, Pulp Fiction)
    – William H Macy (passed over for Boogie Nights and Magnolia)
    – Michael Shannon (passed over for 99 Homes and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

  4. Its a real shame that Gyllenhaal hasn’t scored his second nod yet. I mean Nightcrawler was definitely his closest shot, but the lack of any finite awards support for Gyllenhaal in Prisoners was unreal. ‘Cue keyboard smashing scene’

    The Kristin Scott Thomas mention has me wondering: When the heck is Suite Francaise going to be released in the US? The reviews haven’t been as positive as they could be, but I managed to catch it in Toronto and absolutely adored it. Scott Thomas delivers quite a standout performances (as does Ruth Wilson). I keep coming back to two years ago when the film was primed to be an Oscar contender and am now wondering: If the film ever gets (or had gotten) an awards-friendly US release, does a Scott Thomas nomination happen? I could see it happen if Weinstein ever decides to dust it off and make a push for it. The film could be (have been) a real presence in Costume Design, Production Design, and Sound Mixing, too. But alas, it may never be recognized.

  5. Kristin Scott Thomas has had many great performances after The English Patient that were worthy of Oscar nominations. The problem is that they were in mostly low-profile or foreign films and I believe that the higher the profile of the picture the more likely a good performance will be rewarded. Look at Idris Elba this year. However, the biggest snub listed here is the failure of the Academy to nominate Paul Giamatti for Sideways. He had been winning almost every award that year and he should not only had been nominated, he should have won.

  6. Kristen Scott Thomas annoys me the most. I Loved You for So Long was an incredible performance which deserved the win.

    And also, Gary Oldman should be on here. I can’t even count how many awesome performances he was neglected for.

  7. I’m surprised that no ones mentioned Bill Murray. His only nomination was for Lost in Translation in 2003, and he’s had worthy performances in Broken Flowers, Get Low, Hyde Park on Hudson, and St. Vincent, but never managed another citation.

  8. Have to go with Hugh Jackman (Les Mis should have been a win). Any number of performances would have been worth a nomination (Prestige, Fountain, Prisoners and even Australia which I consider a directorial disaster) and I hope at some point he will get a great script once the whole X-Man thing is over.


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