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Poll: Paul Newman & The Academy

Katharine Hepburn, the recipient of the most Oscar acting awards ever, was once quoted as saying: "You always win an Academy Award for the wrong role." Paul Newman might agree with her on that one.

Paul Newman was nominated 6 times for the Academy Award for Best Actor over a span of almost 30 years BEFORE finally taking home the coveted statuette for reprising his role as Fast Eddie Felson in The Color of Money (1986). However, many people, including Newman, felt this was the Academy's way of 'compensating' for snubbing him time and again in what was one of the most frustrating quests for the award in film history.

For which role do you believe Newman should have taken home the Academy Award for Best Actor before his eventual win?

After voting, you may discuss the poll here.

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    Brick Pollitt

    from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

    Nominated in 1958

    Lost to: David Niven for Seperate Tables

    Other nominees: Tony Curtis for The Defiant Ones Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones Spencer Tracy for Old Man and the Sea

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    Fast Eddie Felson

    from The Hustler (1961).

    Nominated in 1961

    Lost to: Maximillian Schell for Judgement at Nuremberg

    Other nominees: Charles Boyer for Fanny Spencer Tracy for Judgment at Nuremberg Stuart Whitman for The Mark

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    Hud Bannon

    from Hud (1963).

    Nominated in 1963

    Lost to: Sidney Poitier for Lillies of the Field

    Other nominees: Albert Finney for Tom Jones Richard Harris for This Sporting Life Rex Harrison for Cleopatra

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    from Cool Hand Luke (1967).

    Nominated in 1967

    Lost to: Rod Steiger for In The Heat Of The Night

    Other nominees: Warren Beatty for Bonnie and Clyde Dustin Hoffman for The Graduate Spencer Tracy for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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    from Absence of Malice (1981).

    Nominated in 1981

    Lost to: Henry Fonda for On Golden Pond.

    Other nominees: Warren Beatty for Reds Burt Lancaster for Atlantic City Dudley Moore for Arthur

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    Frank Galvin

    from The Verdict (1982).

    Nominated in 1982

    Lost to: Lost to Ben Kingsley for Gandhi.

    Other nominees: Dustin Hoffman for Tootsie Jack Lemmon for Missing Peter O'Toole for My Favorite Year

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    Betty White

    He didn't get snubbed - His performance in The Color of Money (1986) was the most worthy of winning the award. Additionally, all of the other actors deserved their wins in the years that he was nominated. Or maybe, I feel he didn't even deserve his Color of Money win.