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10 Hollywood Stars Who Rejected Their Oscars

One would assume that for any movie artist winning an Oscar is the pinnacle of all achievements. And that’s evident from the way these artists react when they finally win the coveted golden statuette. Some laugh, some cry, some loose their mind (in a good way). And why not? These artists push their creative boundaries to entertain millions of people and give them respite from their busy but mundane life. They certainly deserve to get ecstatic when their talent is recognized in front of the very millions they entertained with their art.

But as it is true with everything, there are exceptions. In the history of Oscars, there have been several artists who didn’t show up to accept their Oscars. Some were displaying protest by rejecting their Oscars, while some did so because they felt Oscars undermined their talent. And then, there were others who simply so ignorant that they didn’t expect to win and therefore didn’t show up (I am looking at you Eminem). Whatever be their reasons, here is the list of 12 Hollywood stars who rejected their Oscars.


10. Eminem

Eminem won Best Original Song Oscar for “Lose Yourself” in 2003. But he wasn’t there to accept it. In an interview, he later clarified that he skipped the ceremony because he didn’t think he had a chance.


9. George C. Scott

When Scott received Best Actor nomination for ‘Patton’ in 1970, he informed the Academy that he would refuse the award if he won. Scott believed that every dramatic performance was unique and could not be compared to others. Interestingly, he won and as promised he didn’t show up to accept it.


8. Katharine Hepburn

Hepburn hold the record for most number Best Acting wins in the history of Oscars. Hepburn never showed to collect any of her Oscars, though she didn’t reject the award themselves. She just didn’t want to accept it in front of her peers. In 1974, when she presented the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer and friend Lawrence Weingarten, she said “I’m living proof that a person can wait 41 years to be unselfish”.


7. Paul Newman

One of the great actors in his days, Newman felt so hurt for being snubbed six times that when he when finally won an Oscar for ‘The Color of Money’ he didn’t show up to accept the award. He later commented “It’s like chasing a beautiful woman for 80 years. Finally, she relents, and you say, ‘I’m terribly sorry. I’m tired.'”


6. Peter O’Toole

The legendary actor was nominated eight times but never won an Oscar. In 2003, when finally he won an honorary Oscar, he initially rejected it, saying ” “I am still in the game and might win the lovely bugger outright. Would the Academy please defer the honor until I am 80?”. After the Academy president informed him that Paul Newman and Henry Fonda won after receiving the honorary Oscar, O’Toole gave in and accepted the award.

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