The 12 Greatest Performances Not Nominated for Oscars

Oscar has awarded many great performances, but here's a dozen that should have been contenders
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1. Jeff Bridges, '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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