We have all experienced disappointment at some stage in our life. Thankfully, as ordinary people, we can conceal our true feelings from the public eye. Meanwhile, A-list stars have to put on the best performance of their lives in order to hide their frustration when they lose out on an award.
But while they may have been nominated for a prestigious gong as a result of their acting skills, there are some stars who aren’t able to mask their true emotions when someone else’s name is read out on stage. Take the following actors for example, all of whom are guilty of revealing a little too much on the night…
1. Denzel Washington
When Denzel Washington lost the Best Actor award to Casey Affleck in 2017, his disappointment was clear for all to see. The 63-year-old actor, who’d been nominated for Fences, pursed his lips as Affleck delivered his acceptance speech to the audience at the Dolby Theatre. With moist eyes, Washington’s bitterness was clear for all to see.
2. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is the most nominated star in Academy Award history, with a total of 21 nominations to her name the 68-year-old star is something of a veteran when it comes to the ‘grace face’ at the Oscars. Having only won on three occasions, there have been multiple occasions when the Kramer vs. Kramer actress has had to fake joy as she watches her rival head up to the stage.
Whilst usually a professional, Streep couldn’t completely hide her disappointment in 1982 when she lost the Best Actress award to Katherine Hepburn.
3. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is famous for his foul mouth. However, nobody expected the acting icon to drop a rude word at the Oscars. After losing the Best Actor award for his infamous role in Pulp Fiction in 1995, Jackson can clearly be seen mouthing the word ‘sh*t’ as the cameras close in on the recipient of the award, Martin Landau. Awkward.
4. Minnie Driver
Minnie Driver could barely hide her shock at the 1998 Academy Awards when Kim Basinger won the Best Actress award for her role in L.A. Confidential. Driver, who’d been nominated for her part in Good Will Hunting, had evidently rehearsed this moment but rather than looking unfazed by the loss she ended up looking rather ridiculous.
5. Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds had some strong competition in 1998’s Best Actor category. The award ultimately went to Robin Williams for his portrayal of therapist Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, but rather than celebrate that, Reynolds made his frustration very clear with a passive aggressive clap.
6. Jude Law
In 1999, Jude Law watched on as Michael Caine took to the stage to accept the Best Actor award for Cider House Rules. Law was unsurprisingly disappointed by the result, but his rather manic smile worked well to hide that.
7. Nicolas Cage
When it came to the Best Actor category at the 2003 Academy Awards, it was a hard to call who’d win. With industry veterans all nominated, nobody saw newcomer Adrien Brody as the owner of the gold statuette. But apparently, nobody was more surprised than Nicholas Cage, who was caught mouthing “what?” on camera as the result was read by Halle Berry. Meanwhile, Jack Nicholson managed to mask his shock with a pair of dark glasses.
8. Bill Murray
Bill Murray had some serious competition in 2004. Up against big names such as Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Sean Penn, it seemed like it could be anyone’s game.
Ultimately it was Sean Penn that carried the trophy home for his role in Mystic River – something that Murray, who’d been nominated for Lost In Translation, was clearly put out by.
9. Anne Hathaway
In 2009, it was easy to believe that Anne Hathaway won the Best Actress award. Her reaction when Kate Winslet won the gong for her role in The Reader is certainly enthusiastic, but is it genuine?
10. Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is the queen of not caring, but you’d think she may pretend to care whilst sat in the audience at the Academy Awards. Instead, she made it very clear that she was upset about being snubbed for her part in The King’s Speech.
11. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated a total of six times for an Academy Award. However, it wasn’t until 2016 that he had any luck when he won the Best Actor award for The Revenant. Before then he had to watch on lustfully as actor after actor took to the stage instead of him.
12. Leonardo DiCaprio (again)
When DiCaprio lost out on the Oscar in 2014 for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street, it was clear to see that his patience was running out! Little did he know then that he’d finally get his gong two years later.
13. Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was either extremely happy when Marion Cotillard won the Academy Award in 2008, or she misheard the name as it was announced and thought she’d been named… awkward.
14. Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling
Talking of awkward, it doesn’t get much more embarrassing than the 2017 blunder which saw the cast of La La Land be almost immediately stripped of their Best Film title after it transpired that it was actually Moonlight which had won the award. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s reactions both managed to perfectly sum up how we all felt as they were ushered off the stage.
15. Kathy Bates
When everyone else in the spotlight is clapping and looking gracious, it’s best to join them to save yourself from looking a little bitter. Kathy Bates obviously didn’t get that memo when Catherine Zeta-Jones took home the prize.
They’re supposed to be the greatest actors in the world – you’d think they’d be able to fake being happy for one of their peers!