How much did you know about the some very talented people who were multiple Oscar bridesmaids but never the bride. That is, nominated but never won.

Did the Academy misstep in each case? We’ll be pondering that for the foreseeable future.

As mentioned yesterday, Albert Finney may have started out as a British heart throb but he became more of a character actor as he aged.  (He died in 2019 at age 82.) In all, he racked up four best-actor Oscar nominations and one in the best supporting actor category. Here he is at below his swashbuckling best for which he was nominated for as best actor.

The picture is — 1963’s Tom Jones. The winner of the best actor Oscar that year was — Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field.

Thelma Ritter was always the character player, never the star.  What a mistake. She earned herself SIX supporting actress nominations but, alas, no wins.

Here she is strapping on her seatbelt in 1950’s All About Eve (with costar Bette Davis)

The winner of the best supporting actress Oscar that year was — Josephine Hull for Harvey.

Bette Davis & Thelma Ritter in All About Eve (1950) | Character actress,  Bette davis, Thelma ritter

Arthur Kennedy, the actor’s actor. He delivered well thought out, persuasive performances in any movie he made.

NOTE:  We misspoke yesterday. Kennedy was nominated just once as best actor (for 1951’s Bright Victory), not the five times we first mentioned.

He was nominated four times times in the best supporting actor category. In any case, he never won the Oscar.  Here he is taking a white trashy turn in one of his later pictures which earned him a supporting actor nod.

The picture is 1957’s Peyton Place.

The winner of the best supporting actor sweepstakes that year was — Red Buttons for Sayonara.

Peyton Place (1957)

And finally……..

The Magnificent Ambersons Blu-ray - Agnes Moorehead | Agnes moorehead,  Joseph cotten, Film life

Agnes Moorehead — versatile and good! She excelled on radio and then came to Hollywood as part of Orson Welles Mercury Theater Players. She rolled up four best actress nominations over a four-decade career. The role depicted below may be her most durable.

The picture is Welles’ 1942 masterwork, The Magnificent Ambersons in which Moorehead excels as Aunt Fanny, copping a best supporting actress nod that year.

The winner in the best supporting actress category that year was — Teresa Wright for Mrs. Miniver.

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