When you watch the Oscars, they're really supposed to be all about talent. The actors who win get a tremendous amount of prestige, and for the rest of their careers they get to be referred as "Oscar-winning". It's easily the biggest achievement in the acting industry, and many people consider it to be a benchmark of success in their field. But what many tend to forget is that unfortunately, the Academy Awards are not exactly what you might call strictly merit-based. Sure, talent plays into it. But there are a number of other factors that determine who walks away with a statue. Politics, the type of film you act in, the very specific taste of the elite base of Academy voters, how you present yourself during the award season, how much money your studio has to campaign for your film, even the perception of "deserving" an award after a previous snub...all of these and more play a huge role in whether you win, or are just another nominee. So it's disappointing but not really surprising when you realize just how many actors out there are totally deserving of an Oscar, but will likely never receive one. Maybe a Lifetime Achievement Award, but everyone knows that's just the Academy apologizing for screwing up while an actor was actually making films and trying to make up for it after the fact.