Samuel L. Jackson is a massively famous actor and producer. He is definitely one of the most recognized faces of his generation, and his movies have collectively grossed over $27 billion. Jackson is also the highest-grossing actor currently. He should have an Oscar or two in the bag with such a resume, right? Well, in this case, wrong.
Jackson currently has no Oscar awards and was nominated only once for his role in a 1995 movie. Despite appearing in several high-grossing movies, he has never won an Academy Award. In a recent interview, the actor spoke about his Oscar snubs over the years. He mentioned some movies he should have gotten an award for.
Jackson appeared in “Pulp Fiction” in 1995 and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. The actor didn’t get the award and was snubbed by the Academy ever since. However, in the next award ceremony, the Academy revealed that the actor would be given an honorary award for his outstanding work in the acting industry.
Jackson Hasn’t Won An Oscar Before
Despite being one of the most reputable actors in Hollywood, Jackson hasn’t won an Academy Award before. The actor was nominated only once for Best Supporting Actor previously for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” The movie eventually won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
In a recent interview, the “Shank” actor talked about his lack of an Oscar and told the Academy Award voters that he was long overdue for the honor. This apparently doesn’t have anything to do with the recently reformatted Academy Awards telecast.
His nomination in the 1995 “Pulp Fiction” was for his role as Jules Winnfield, a hitman on his way to an ethical transformation. Jackson’s performance was so applauded that it became a distinguished pillar in cinema, and fans of Tarantino rank the movie as one of his finest works.
Jackson Said He Should Have Gotten An Oscar For ‘Pulp Fiction’
Jackson was nominated for Best Supporting actor alongside other nominees like Chazz Palminteri for “Bullets Over Broadway,” Paul Scofield for “Quiz Show,” Martin Landau for “Ed Wood,” and Gary Sinise for “Forrest Gump.” The award eventually went to Landau for his performance as Bela Lugosi.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Jackson talked about the nomination and revealed that he thought he should have gotten the award. He said, “I should have won that one.” The actor also mentioned that he deserved an Oscar for his work in another movie.
Jackson acted in “Jungle Fever” in 1991. Although he didn’t even get nominated for his performance, the actor is certain he should have gotten an Oscar for the role. Instead, two members from “Bugsy” were nominated, much to his disbelief. “My wife and I went to see ‘Bugsy.’ Damn! They got nominated, and I didn’t?” The actor asked.
Jackson Said Black Actors Win Awards For Despicable Roles
Still, in the interview, Jackson claimed that most black actors were given Oscars based on their roles. He described the favored role as “despicable.” He said, “I guess Black folk usually win for doing despicable sh** on screen. Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop in ‘Training Day.’”
Jackson added, “All the great stuff he did in uplifting roles like ‘Malcolm X?’ No — we’ll give it to this motherf**er. So maybe I should have won one. But Oscars don’t move the comma on your cheque— it’s about getting a**es in seats, and I’ve done a good job of doing that.”
The 73-year-old also mentioned that the Oscars should pay more attention to movies that appeal to a larger crowd. In 2018 the Academy attempted to introduce a new category for most popular movies but failed. Jackson apparently supports this move.
The Marvel actor said, “They should have an Oscar for the most popular movie. Because that’s what the business is about.” He also added that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” should bag that award this year for its spectacular reception. The movie grossed over $1.8 billion worldwide. Jackson added, “It did what movies did forever — it got people to a big dark room.”
Jackson Will Get An Honorary Oscar This Year
Washington is currently the most Oscar-nominated black actor. The “Malcolm X” actor has a total of 10 Oscar nominations after this year’s nod for Best Actor for his groundbreaking performance in “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
Jackson will reportedly receive an Honorary Oscar during the 12th Governors Award ceremony. The award is to celebrate the lifetime achievement of the actor as well as his exceptional contribution to most ion picture arts and sciences.
The Academy President, David Rubin, announced the honorary award last year. He mentioned that the actor “is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide.” Jackson’s next move is a limited series called “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.”
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