So whilst Samuel L. Jackson remains one of the hardest working actors as well as appearing in many of the biggest box office films he’s never won an Oscar ….until now as he is about to be recognized with an Honorary Oscar this year. Incredibly he’s only received one Oscar nomination: Best Supporting Actor in 1995 for his role in “Pulp Fiction.” “I should have won that one,” Jackson recently said having lost out to Martin Landau who was awarded the Oscar for ‘Ed Wood’. It wasn’t the only Samuel L. Jackson’s Oscar nomination that the actor felt he had missed out on as he went on to say that he felt he should have been nominated for ‘Jungle Fever’.
Instead two cast members from “Bugsy” broke into the race that year to Jackson’s disbelief. Now Warren Beatty, Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley were all nominated but the outspoken actor has not said which two he was referring to saying, ‘My wife and I went to see ‘Bugsy,’” Jackson said. “Damn! They got nominated and I didn’t? I guess Black folk usually win for doing despicable shit on screen. Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop in ‘Training Day.’ All the great stuff he did in uplifting roles like ‘Malcolm X?’ No — we’ll give it to this motherf**ker. So maybe I should have won one. But Oscars don’t move the comma on your cheque — it’s about getting asses in seats and I’ve done a good job of doing that.’
However he has come out in support of an Oscar for the Best Popular Movie. ‘Because that’s what the business is about,” adding the Oscars “should” award “Spider-Man: No Way Home” this year for grossing $1.8 billion and counting worldwide. “It did what movies did forever — it got people to a big dark room. All movies are valid, Some go to the cinema to be moved dearly. Some like superheroes. If somebody has more butts on seats it just means your audience is not as broad. There are people who have had successful careers but nobody can recite one line of their parts. I’m the guy who says shit that’s on a T-shirt.”
Samuel L. Jackson’s Oscar will be presented to him on March 22nd 2022 at the Governors Awards.