#OscarsSoPretty – Snubbed Actor – John C. Reilly

John C. Reilly.  Damn, that guy looks like a caveman.  And do you know he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the 2003 Academy Awards?


Sure, he got a nomination, but only because he pulled off the exceptional hat trick of starring in not one, not two, but three of the movies that were nominated for best picture that year – Chicago, Gangs of New York, and The Hours.

The Academy was probably all like, “Well we better nominate this caveman looking bastard or else our pro-attractive person bias will be exposed when people start asking why a guy who starred in three of the best pictures of the year didn’t get nominated.”

Naturally, he didn’t win.  Chris Cooper won for his role as John LaRoche in Adaptation. 


I saw Adaptation a long time ago. I remember it was very funny and witty but other than that I don’t remember much else. I don’t remember if LaRoche was good or bad or what he did in the movie.

BUT generally speaking, Chris Cooper built his career on playing bad guys and Hollywood is always happy to cast ugly people as villains, thus perpetuating the stereotype that all ugly people are secretly villains and everyone should run away screaming and flailing their arms wildly in the air whenever they see an ugly person.

What I’d really like to see is an ugly person nominated for playing a really nice person, like a beloved father or mother figure, or a respected leader or an astronaut or something.

Ugly kids really need to be made to believe that they have options in life and that their only career options are to become the sassy assistant to a romantic comedy style woman with romantic problems or….dun dun dun…a super villain.

John C. Reilly.  He’s played bad guys.  He’s played good guys.  He’s played dumb guys.  John C. Reilly needs to win an Oscar so that modern day cavemen and cavewomen have a role model they can look up to…from their caves.





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11 thoughts on “#OscarsSoPretty – Snubbed Actor – John C. Reilly

  1. John Charet says:

    The Oscars have always blown their chances. Case in point, last year Timothy Spall was negelcted for his lead performance in Mike Leigh’s period biopic Mr. Turner 🙂 It is a great film 🙂 Keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • Never heard of it. What was it about?

      • John Charet says:

        Have you ever seen any of director Mike Leigh’s films like Naked, Secrets & Lies, Happy-Go-Lucky. Those are working class dramas. Topsy-Turvy and Mr. Turner are his period pieces. IMDB him and you will get to know more about him 🙂 Also google Timothy Spall as well. I do not know If the work of director Mike Leigh will appeal to you, but I felt like answering your question 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

  2. This whole discussion makes me realize how many movies I’ve missed. I need to get out more.

    • Eh. Maybe you did more exciting things while I just bummed around watching movies. 🙂

      • I am the reason Amazon finally turned a profit. Also your zombie western is pretty awesome; read parts 1 & 2 today.

      • Thank you. I have to admit, I have a bad habit of starting then stopping novels. I’m working on this when I should be working on something else I stopped, and that was something I started working on when I should have been working on something else…and you get the picture.

        Hopefully I finish something this year. I was particularly proud of Chapter 8 in which Slade briefly ends up becoming fun and chatty, then reverts back to his gruff self.

        When I started, I thought it would be funny to write a character who is a parody of Clint Eastwood…then I started thinking of ways in which that could be funny…then it struck me – well, what if he’s this gruff tough guy to everyone else but then he’s a total sap when he’s with Miss Bonnie.

  3. You have me thinking about this way too often. I was “watching” CSI NY last night while doing a jig saw puzzle and I kept thinking right, all these stunningly beautiful people are also rocket scientists. Absolutely. LOL

    • Well, I’m sure there probably are some accomplished attractive scientists. By and large though most are nerdy looking nerds. I wonder if they become scientists because they look like nerds or if all that studying leaves them looking nerdy. A real chicken vs. the egg question.

      • ROFL. I always figure you can’t have everything right? Surely nature believes in the same balance.

      • I’ve generally found that so far karma has decided to give me nothing and then balance it out at some point in the future by giving me a week where it rains fame, fortune, and supermodels on me and then karma will declare I’m all balanced out and then have a truck run me over to bring me back to square one. Terrible thought but at least it’ll be a great week.

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