#OscarsSoPretty – Snubbed Actor – Abe Vigoda

Hello 3.5 readers.

Anti-ugly discrimination activist Bookshelf Q. Battler here, continuing to spread the polite of ugly people everywhere.

Case in point. Did you know that Abe Vigoda died this week at the age of 94? It was a shock because most people thought he already died in 1995 at the age of 156.

God bless him though.  He was funny, versatile, and he entertained many despite being so very, very ugly.

His big role was as elderly detective Phil Fish on Barney Miller.  But he did have a pretty decent part in The Godfather as well.

Yes, Abe spent most of his life looking like a zombie only to get too old to play one once the zombie craze broke out in Hollywood in the past decade.  Irony.

An old detective. An evil mafioso.  Why wasn’t Abe ever offered the spot of leading man in a romantic comedy?  Why? Just because he was so ugly that women wouldn’t have been into dreaming about being with him? Discrimination, I say.

Poor Abe.  Died this week so young at 94, so young, never had a chance to experience all that life has to offer, and worse, never got the Oscar recognition he so richly deserved.

If you can think of an ugly actor or actress denied Oscar recognition for far too long, leave your suggestion in the comments.

Be strong, my ugly brothers and sisters.  We’re here.  We’re ugly. Get used to it.

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4 thoughts on “#OscarsSoPretty – Snubbed Actor – Abe Vigoda

  1. I’ve been thinking about this since your last post. What about Woody Allen? How do you justify that one. He’s not British. He’s never shown up for his award.

    • Ah yes. Very ugly. But his main entry into the entertainment industry came through directing. As established, ugly people are allowed to work behind the scenes. Of course, his influence and power as a director grew to a point where he was able to cast himself as the love interest to a plethora of fabulous babes (remember, even ugly people discriminate against ugly people) and audiences were just expected to go with it and pretend he was a leading man.

      Of course, fame, money, power, influence, that can go a long way toward the attractive elite accepting an ugly person.

      Had Woody just been solely an actor he probably wouldn’t have gotten anywhere, but because his films were so acclaimed everyone in Hollywood wanted to work with him so much so that they were even willing to ignore the affair he had with his adopted daughter, which is totally gross and really, he should have been expelled from the business.

      Also, one loophole I forgot to mention was that this pro attractive bias didn’t really begin until the mid 1990s. Prior to that, the world was more accepting of ugly people. Watch a movie from the 1970’s and you’ll see main characters with crazy hair, window pane glasses, bad skin and so on.

      • Okay…for now…until my brain pops out another example 🙂

      • There are a few post 1990’s examples of incredibly ugly people getting nominated. John C Reilly for Chicago in 2003 and Paul Giamatti for Sideways in what year I forget. The attractive powers that be will occasionally throw us uggos to date a bone. Those two were nominated to shut the ugly lobby up but they did not win. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is the only post 1990’s ugly actor I can think of to win…but he did play beloved Hollywood idolized writer Truman Capote so ok like 1 ugly guy against tons of handsome dudes. I’ll give the Academy that one but one doesn’t strike me as being very diverse in the looks department.

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