Dana Andrews: The number of towering thespians nominated but never awarded an Oscar goes on forever: Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton, etc. Even more embarrassing are those that have never been even named. Though he spent the ’50s and on in B-movie crap, the handsome, cool, borderline sinister Andrews spent the ’40s quietly stealing several A-pictures. Along with his low-key work in best picture-winner The Best Years of Our Lives, he was aces in Ball of Fire, The Ox-Bow Incident, Canyon Passage and several Otto Preminger pictures, notably Laura and Daisy Kenyon. Alas, he only scored one award his whole career: a Golden Apple in 1946 for “Most Cooperative Actor.”
Dirk Bogarde: Haughty Englishness personified, Bogarde never successfully meshed with Hollywood, and he also never scored The King’s Speech-y crossover British import that would lead to Oscar drooling. Or rather, with Darling, he did, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences only noticed his co-star, Julie Christie, and even gave her the trophy.
W.C. Fields: Comedy has long been an AMPAS blind spot, traditionally rectified by one of those “Whoops! Butterfingers!” honorary Oscars awarded before one’s death. Philadelphia’s proudest contribution to comedy didn’t even get one of those.
Isabelle Huppert: Like Bogarde, France’s resident ice queen has never scored much Hollywood success. She was revelatory in her Yank debut; alas that film turned out to be the studio-killing Heaven’s Gate. Few of her imports score more than critic adulation—but still, no love for even The Piano Teacher.
Myrna Loy: The very definition of droll, Loy was more than the laconic Nora to William Powell’s flustery Nick: she was as strong at drama as comedy, not to mention politically outspoken enough to be placed on Hitler’s blacklist. Even if she never did T he Rains Came or The Great Ziegfeld, she would still deserve trophies for Libeled Lady, at least the first couple Thin Mans and definitely Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.
Edward G. Robinson: Yes, he wasn’t even nominated for Double Indemnity. Try to swallow that.