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Peter O'Toole vs. Oscar: The Matchups

Peter O'Toole, who died Saturday at 81, famously held the record for most Academy Award nominations without a win, at 8 (receiving an honorary Oscar in 2003 notwithstanding).

Bad luck? Bad blood?

I am no film expert — I just love movies and have been a fan of O'Toole since high school. So have I seen or do I have an encyclopedic memory of all 16 films here? Of course not. But is that going to stop me from opining on at least some of these matchups? Should it stop you?


To borrow a line from a different body of work: "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown Hollywood."

— T.E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia," 1962. Winner: Gregory Peck, as lawyer Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird."
— King Henry II in "Becket," 1964. Winner: Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady."
— King Henry II in "The Lion in Winter," 1968. Winner: Cliff Robertson in a touching performance in "Charly."
— Arthur Chipping in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," 1969. Winner: John Wayne, the star of the western "True Grit."
— Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney, the 14th Earl of Gurney in "The Ruling Class," 1972. Winner: Marlon Brando in "The Godfather."
— Eli Cross in "The Stunt Man," 1980.Winner: Robert De Niro, in "Raging Bull."
— Alan Swann in "My Favorite Year," 1982. Winner: Ben Kingsley as famed Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi in "Gandhi.
— Maurice in "Venus," 2006. Winner: Forest Whitaker as f the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."

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Photo: O'Toole as a director in "The Stunt Man"

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