The Worst Acting Snubs in Oscars History

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Charlie Chaplin, Jack Lemmon, Denzel Washington, and other victims of the merciless Oscars

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Now that we've all had the chance to let last week's Oscar nominations sink in, the general consensus of complaint (and that's always what they boil down to) appears to have settled on the acting nominations—specifically, the rather shocking number of brilliant performances that were snubbed outright, against expectations. Tilda Swinton, for example, was presumed a shoo-in; same goes for Albert Brooks and, to a lesser degree, Charlize Theron, and Kirsten Dunst.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has a long and storied history of shutting out great performances, so we've assembled ten iconic acting turns that we were stunned to discover weren't even nominated for the Oscar.

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire, and has also written for Slate, Salon, and the Village Voice.

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