The history of the Oscar (Oscar) knows more losers than winners. While the dream of many people, especially in Hollywood, is to win the coveted Academy Award, it’s normal for some celebrities to look down on losing. During the Oscars, the camera pans to the other nominees as the award is announced to capture the reactions of the losers. The players are captured on camera, sometimes they look sad, and sometimes they look happy for their opponents.

For decades, icons such as Angela Bassett, Lauren Bacall, Jack Nicholson and many more have long been hits with their bizarre reactions to an Oscar nomination and loss. Let’s take a look at the “best” Oscars reaction of all time underdogs together.

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Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was nominated for the 2023 Oscars but failed to win. His reaction then took the audience by surprise.

Bassett lost the Best Supporting Actress award to Jamie Lee Curtis for “Everything Everywhere”.

Talia Shire


Talia Shire was visibly upset when she lost the Best Actress award to Faye Dunaway in 1977.

The Bonnie and Clyde star won an award for her role in The Web, and Shire, unfortunately, did not receive an award for her role in Rocky.

Sally Kirkland


Cher won Best Actress for Moonlight in 1988, but one of her co-stars, Sally Kirkland, looked pissed off. Not winning, she rolled her eyes and pursed her lips for a moment. Kirkland’s reaction has long been on the agenda.

Robert Downey Jr.


Iron Man star Downey is another actor who couldn’t hide his disappointment when Al Pacino won Best Actor for Scent of a Woman in 1993. Downey was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin.

Samuel L. Jackson


In 1995, Pulp Fiction icon Samuel L. Jackson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s film.

However, he was greatly offended by the loss to Martin Landau and may even have cursed. The current look on Jackson’s face is still fresh in my mind.

Burt Reynolds

Smokey and the Bandit actor Burt Reynolds grimaced briefly after losing to Robin Williams at the 1998 ceremony, showing just how disappointed he was. Williams won Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting and Reynolds was nominated for Boogie Nights.

Lauren Bacall

Screen legend Bacall visibly frowned when Juliette Binoche won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1997. French star Binoche won the award for The English Patient, and Bacall competed for her performance in The Mirror Has Two Faces.

Jack Nicholson and Nicolas Cage

Now it’s time for double defeats. In 2003 Jack Nicholson, Nicolas Cage and Adrien Brody competed for the Best Actor award. Adrien Brody won the Best Actor award for the Holocaust drama The Pianist.

Meanwhile, Something’s Gotta Give star Nicholson hangs up, and National Treasure star Cage asks in shock, “What?” said.

Bill Murray

Saturday Night Live comedian Bill Murray silently sulked when he lost the Best Actor award to Sean Penn in 2004.

The same year, Sean Penn won an Oscar for his role in Mystic River, and Murray was nominated for Lost in Translation.

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