Feb. 27, 2012– The 84th Annual Academy Awards gave Hollywood a chance to reward some of the best performances of the 2011 movie year. However, while many artists received commendations for their work, whether through a nomination or an actual gold statue, there was one man who was snubbed all the way around at the Oscars.
Ryan Gosling, who got his start as a young adult actor in the Mickey Mouse Club, starred in three critically acclaimed movies in 2011 but was not nominated for a single award.
The one movie that seemed to be a shoe-in for Gosling to pick up a nomination for was Drive. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, Gosling stars as “Driver,” a character not unlike the Clint Eastwood classic character “The Man with no Name.” The movie picked up numerous awards over the year, including Best Action Movie by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival as well as numerous honors in film critics’ awards. Albert Brooks even picked up a Golden Globes nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
However, the only Oscar the movie picked up a nomination for was Best Achievement in Sound Editing.
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The Ides of March
The Ides of Marchwas almost a gift from director George Clooney to Gosling. While Clooney also starred in the movie, it was Gosling who carried the film to the heights it achieved. At the Golden Globes, Gosling received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Drama, Clooney picked up a Best Director nomination and the movie received a Best Picture – Drama nom as well. However, the only Oscar nomination was for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
The third movie that Ryan Gosling appeared in was Crazy, Stupid, Love. This movie also received love from the Golden Globes, as Gosling received his second Best Actor nomination, this one for the comedy category. However, once again, the Oscars ignores Gosling’s performance.
Ryan Gosling has never fared well as the Oscars. In 2010, he and Michelle Williams starred in Blue Valentine. While both performers were frontrunners with their great performances, it was only Williams who received a nomination for the film. Gosling has received one nomination, for his role as a drug addicted high school teacher in Half Nelson in 2006, but that has been the only time he earned praise from the academy.
With his body of work in 2012, you begin to wonder if they will ever respect his achievements.
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