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Oscar Watch: Perennial losers edition

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Sure, it’s an honor to be nominated — but how about being nominated over and over again without ever taking home the gold? Here are four perennial bridesmaids who are hoping to end their nonwinning streaks on Feb. 25.

KATE WINSLET Best Actress, Little Children
NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS 5
CLOSEST SHE CAME TO WINNING 1996 (Best Supporting Actress, Sense and Sensibility. Lost to Mighty Aphrodite‘s Mira Sorvino.)
CHANCES THIS YEAR Against Helen Mirren? Get real. Even Winslet’s said she’s losing.

THOMAS NEWMAN Best Original Score, The Good German
NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS 8
CLOSEST HE CAME TO WINNING 2000 (His iconic American Beauty score lost to The Red Violin‘s.)
CHANCES THIS YEAR The Queen‘s Alexandre Desplat is in the mix, so it’s not sounding good.

PETER O’TOOLE Best Actor, Venus
NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS 8, though he was given an honorary Oscar in 2003.
CLOSEST HE CAME TO WINNING 1969 (His role in The Lion in Winter lost to Charly‘s Cliff Robertson.)
CHANCES THIS YEAR The sentiment’s there, but Forest Whitaker is likely to deny him again.

MARTIN SCORSESE Best Director, The Departed
NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS 8
CLOSEST HE CAME TO WINNING If we have to pick just one year? 2003 (Up for Gangs of New York but lost to The Pianist‘s Roman Polanski.)
CHANCES THIS YEAR Okay, on the count of three: Finally!

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