GREATEST PERFORMANCES NEVER GOT An OSCAR
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
Yes, Bridges won an Oscar for 2009’s Crazy Heart. But for playing the immortal Dude for the Coen Brothers in 1998’s iconic The Big Lebowski, Bridges got snubbed for one of the great comic performances in cinema history. Whaaaat! All together now: “Are you effing kidding me?” Close your eyes and you can see and hear Bridges: “I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.” More shame: This was the same year that Roberto Benigni won the gold for hamming it up in Life Is Beautiful. Oscar, you’re not living this down.
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MARK WALHBERG and JOHN C. RILEY
It’s possible that the Academy didn’t yet know what Wahlberg had in him in 1997 when he played 1970’s porn star Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. But why be forgiving in the face of the actor's breakthrough performance as a kid who rises to X-rated fame on the size of his dick. Moving from naive teen to cynical burnout, Wahlberg is on fire as Dirk, fueled by drugs and arrogance, lashes out at anyone who tries to control him: “You’re not the King of me!” It’s a blazing performance that's mercilessly honest and mercifully humane at the same time.
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