The Top 10 Biggest Oscar Snubs of the Past 40 Years

9. Ellen Burstyn loses to Julia Roberts for doing her best Ellen Burstyn impression
 
In 2000, Julia Roberts took home the bacon for Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich.  It was certainly a sweetheart situation – as they say in Citizen Kane, she'd always been the bridesmaid, and never the bride.  Well, the Academy decided to flower Soderbergh and his peripheral counterparts with a plethora of nods this year between Brockovich and Traffic (I personally wish Traffic had won Best Pic over Gladiator, but not really that "snub worthy").  Apparently the Academy forgot that Roberts was basically citing her entire performance from her Requiem for a Dream contender Ellen Burstyn's in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.  Of the 2 actress's performances, Burstyn by and large had the meatiest, most risky, well-crafted performance.  So another situation where the Academy needed to indulge the popularity contest over the quality one.

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