Max von Sydow
When European arthouse cinema was the height of modernist intellectual topics, Max von Sydow was its face — its tormented, Nordic face. Starring in many of Ingmar Bergman's masterpieces (The Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly, The Passion of Anna), Von Sydow transitioned to Hollywood by creeping us all out in The Exorcist, Flash Gordon, Minority Report, Shutter Island ... the list goes on. Somehow, the actor has managed to be a go-to old man for over 40 years.
Nominations: One for Best Actor (Pelle the Conquerer) and one for Best Supporting Actor (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close).
Should Have Won For: Hannah and Her Sisters or Winter Light.
Maybe This Is All Punishment For: Beating death at chess.