Genelle Levy
March 04, 2018 10:40 pm

While the Oscars are always entertaining, there’s always doubt over whether the right people are rewarded, and as of tonight there are now many long-time actors that possess less Oscars than star basketball player Kobe Bryant. (Say what?)

The former Lakers player won an Oscar for Best Animated Short at the 2018 Academy Awards for his film Dear Basketball, inspired by a letter he wrote in 2015 announcing his retirement from the sport. And while Bryant deserves to be recognized for his work, there are many other long-time actors in the biz who have yet to receive a golden statue.

Some of those long-time actors include Harrison Ford, Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, and Samuel L. Jackson. TIME recently compiled a list of 20 actors who similarly had failed to be recognized. How could this be? Here’s the list:

1. Glenn Close

2. Robert Downey Jr.

3. Tom Cruise

4. Harrison Ford

5. Joaquin Phoenix

6. Johnny Depp

7. Sigourney Weaver

8. Edward Norton

9. Annette Benning

10. Ed Harris

11. Michelle Williams

12. Bill Murray

13. John Travolta

14. Liam Neeson

15. Ralph Fiennes

16. John Malkovich

17. Laura Linney

18. Samuel L. Jackson

19. Amy Adams

20. Bradley Cooper

This might be due to the fact that some of these stars’ biggest roles in recent years have been in action films, with Depp famously starring in the Pirates of the Caribbean and its sequels along with Lone Ranger, and Downey Jr. and Jackson recently starring in blockbuster Marvel hits like Iron Man and Avengers.

Historically, the genres least likely to be recognized by the Academy Awards are action and comedy, and most blockbuster hits being overlooked completely. Pop culture site Screen Rant says that this may be due to the fact that, as of 2012, the median age for Academy Award voters was 62 — not the typical demographic that partakes in action movies.

We hope that as people continue to push for diversity and inclusion in terms of actors and genre at the Oscars that we’ll begin to see the artists who have spent years honing their craft rightfully recognized.

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