16. DENZEL WASHINGTON LOSING TO AL PACINO FOR BEST ACTOR IN 1992
Up until the 65th Academy Awards took place, Al Pacino was seen as the man who had been robbed repeatedly by the show. His roles in The Godfather Parts I and II, Serpico, and Dog Day Afternoon were all nominated for the Best Actor award, but he was somehow always passed over. Then, when he was nominated for 1992’s Scent of a Woman, it looked like the same thing would happen again as he was going up against Denzel Washington’s stellar performance in Malcolm X.
Then a funny thing happened: Pacino actually won. But ironically enough, this was the one time when we felt that he shouldn’t have. Washington’s performance as the militant human rights activist was full of rage and real emotion; in short, it was everything that this award is meant to represent. Pacino’s performance as the blind Lt. Col. Frank Slade, on the other hand, was just a bunch of “Hoo-Ah.”