|DESPITE LOSING the SAG lead actress award to Renée Zellweger, chances are Nicole Kidman is more than a nose ahead in the Oscar race. (And an arm and a leg and two fingers.) However, impressive prosthetics dont necessarily guarantee an Academy Award winjust ask Sally Kirklands breasts. Here are some famous noses that didnt get the nod.
Pinocchio in Pinocchio (1940)
This tiny fella didnt even get a nomination, and it broke his little wooden heart. The Academy claimed it was because he was animated, but film historians now agree that the Academy simply wasnt ready for a role that appropriated and repositioned the big-nosed Jewish stereotype.
Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967)
While some fans rave about the classic seduction scene, the real attraction here is Hoffmans incredibly lifelike nose. A crack team of effects artists crafted the famous proboscis out of paper-mache and molted skin from Buck Henrys skull. Crew members recall that Hoffmans humongous honker flew off his face one day when Katherine Ross slapped him during a crucial scene. Luckily, no one was injured, except for Katherine Ross, whose career ended shortly thereafter.
Gonzo in The Muppet Movie (1979)
This hook-nosed wonder is a triple-threat: he sings, he acts, he breeds chickens. Although he sang his heart out in Im Going to Go Back There Someday, Gonzo didnt win an Oscar. He tried again unsuccessfully to grab Oscars attention in the autobiographical Muppets in Space (1999) before finally embarking on a porn career which includes the revolutionary Gonzos Gay-ng Bang where he participated in the first ever double-nostril-penetration scene. (Also featuring the guy who played Evil Ed Thompson in Fright Night and the kid who got his tongue stuck to a pole in A Christmas Story!)
Steve Martin in Roxanne (1987)
In this modern-day adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, writer/star Steve Martin sported the longest nose ever to hit the screen: 12 inches. Though snubbed by Oscar, Martin went on to bigger and better things, as did the prosthetic nose. It recently directed Martin's latest vehicle Bringing Down the House and is reportedly involved with Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Owen Wilson in, well, everything
Ever since Wilson burst onto the scene in Bottle Rocket, audiences have been asking the same question: What the fuck happened to your nose, man? And now that youre a big star, cant you do something about it? As the legendary Samuel Goldwyn once put it, If you wanna win an Oscar, you better do something about the schnoz, dude.