Oscar-worthy Movie: American Beauty (1999)

It's no wonder Bening keeps her acting chops fine-tuned; we imagine she and her actor husband Warren Beatty can practice lines to perfection. She's a Golden Globe winner, but only a four-time Academy Award nominee. We can only speculate, but it seems that Bening didn't take home the golden statue because screeners of American Beauty somehow didn't make it into the mailboxes of AMPAS voters. Her appropriately woman-on-the-verge performance of Carolyn, a materialistic and power hungry real estate broker/pill-popping suburban mom, remains one of her greatest roles.