10 Actors Who Originally Turned Down Their Oscar-Nominated Roles
Earning an Oscar nomination is one of the highest achievements an actor can receive. Basically, it comes in at #2… behind actually WINNING an Academy Award. Some stars receive the honor multiple times, like Meryl Streep, who has an incredible 19(!) nominations (three of which were wins) and holds the title as most-nominated actor of all time. Then there are others, like Leonardo DiCaprio, who have a bunch of acclaimed, Oscar-worthy roles under their belts, but only score nods half the time. (Fortunately, in Leo’s case, he finally snagged the big win this past awards season.)
Considering all the talents who originally turned down their Oscar-winning part, as well as the celebrities who actually did turn down Oscar-winning parts, we wondered about all the stars who nearly rejected Oscar-nominated roles as well. Because, as we said, it’s second highest achievement an actor can receive.
In the sci-fi thriller Gravity, Sandra plays a medical engineer who is left floating through space after a freak accident. Although Sandra wasn't the first, or second, choice for the film, she still initially turned it down. The role was intended for Angelina Jolie, but after she shot it down, it was offered to Natalie Portman. When the role finally landed in Sandra's lap, she wasn't eager to accept.
According to Sandra, she has an intense fear of flying and thought that she was a weird choice for the film. Eventually she accepted and went on to be nominated as Best Actress in a Leading Role.
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