10 Performances That Should Have Won Oscars

Each year, the Academy Awards show great talent in movies. But some good actors and actresses often don't get an award. This is because the categories are tough, or some great performances get missed. Here are ten performances that should have won Oscars but didn't.

1. Jim Carrey in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)

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In this movie, which is full of strong feelings, Carrey shows deep emotions that are not usually linked to his funny skills. His acting as Joel Barish, a man having a treatment to erase memories of his ex-girlfriend, was detailed and very sad. Carrey's skill in dealing with the difficulties of love and sadness greatly affected viewers, and, strangely, he was not chosen for an Oscar.

2. Amy Adams in “Arrival” (2016)

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In Arrival, Amy Adams played linguist Dr. Louise Banks, a character who struggles with communicating with alien visitors. Adams gave a hauntingly beautiful performance. Adams gave her character a human touch and nuance that elevated the movie above its science fiction conventions. The Academy ought to have given her much more credit for capturing her character's deep emotional journey.

3. Michael Shannon in “Take Shelter” (2011)

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Michael Shannon acted well in the movie Take Shelter as Curtis LaForche, a man struggling with scary thoughts about the end of the world. He did a great job showing a father torn between keeping his family safe and his mind in check. Even though his strong performance grabbed viewers' attention, the Oscars didn't notice.

4. Emily Blunt in “Sicario” (2015)

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With her portrayal of FBI agent Kate Macer in Sicario, Emily Blunt shocked the audience. As Blunt walked the morally dubious terrain of the war on drugs, her performance was a masterclass in nuance and power. It is amazing how authentically she was able to portray the character's internal strife, which makes it all the more surprising that the Academy didn't recognize her.

5. Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler” (2014)

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In Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal played the role of Lou Bloom, a freelance filmmaker who blurs the distinction between participant and observer to capture sensationalist news footage. Gyllenhaal gave a terrifying and unforgettable performance. The Academy chose not to recognize Gyllenhaal's captivating performance despite his amazing metamorphosis into a morally dubious figure.

6. Tilda Swinton in “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011)

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Tilda Swinton acted in We Need to Talk About Kevin, showing a mother dealing with guilt and horror from her son's awful deeds. Swinton's acting as Eva Khatchadourian was full of details, showing the deep feelings of a mom facing a tragedy. Even though she acted so well, the Oscars did not give her credit.

7. Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station” (2013)

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In the movie Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan acted well as Oscar Grant III, A young guy whose life got cut short in a violent act. Jordan showed Grant's realness and deep feelings, his life full of dreams and hard times. Surprisingly, he wasn't nominated for an Oscar.

8. Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Secretary” (2002)

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Maggie Gyllenhaal acted very bravely and with lots of feelings in Secretary. She played Lee Holloway, a young woman who finds out about her feelings in a sexual relationship with her boss. Gyllenhaal acted, showing her feelings and being strong as she dealt with the hard parts of being close to someone and finding out who she was. Even though it was a tough thing to do, Gyllenhaal's acting should have gotten more praise from the Academy.

9. Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation” (2015)

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In Beasts of No Nation, Idris Elba acts strong and scary as Commandant, a leader who gets kids to be soldiers in an African country. Elba's acting was likable and scary, showing all the parts of a guy being taken over by power and fighting. Even though people loved his acting, the Oscars did not pick him, and it's unclear why.

10. Scarlett Johansson in “Lost in Translation” (2003)

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Scarlett Johansson was amazing in Lost in Translation, playing Charlotte, a lost young woman in Tokyo who gets close to an older man. Johansson's acting showed her feelings so well and felt so real. She showed how lonely and yearning Charlotte was. Even so, the Oscars did not see how great she was, which made people question why her talent was not seen.

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