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Oscar Loser Faces, Ranked

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When it comes to feeling the tragedy of loss, not even celebrities are immune. No one likes losing, after all. But some are definitely better sports about it than others. Nowhere is this more obvious than at the illustrious Academy Awards. Thanks to this list, you can relive all the crushing Oscar loses through the years - from Leo DiCaprio and Bill Murray to Sally Field and Anne Hathaway. You'll see shock, awe, sadness, and disappointment in all of these losing faces. Except in the face of the always-classy Meryl Streep, probably because she already has enough awards to last three lifetimes.

Some losing celebrities truly look on the verge of tears, while others clap a little too hard, curse under their breath, or smile a little too widely behind their dead eyes. To revel in their momentary pain, we present the best loser faces of the Academy Awards. Don't feel too sorry for these Oscars losers. After all, it's an honor just to be nominated. Right?
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    Leo was nominated for Best Actor for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street in 2014, but lost to Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyers Club. Better luck next time, Leo - the entire world is rooting for you.
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    Nominated for Best actress in 1988 for the movie Anna, Kirkland lost to Cher in Moonstruck. Sally quickly tried to save face with a smile, but her true feelings had already been revealed.
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    Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2011 for True Grit but lost out to Melissa Leo in The Fighter, making the ultimate "womp womp" face. It's okay, your time will come. You're too young to fully enjoy the winner's lounge anyhow! 
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    Joaquin Phoenix losing Best Actor in 2006 looks as if he was told to smile at gunpoint. Joaquin was nominated for his role in Walk the Line but Philip Seymour Hoffman took home the Oscar for Capote
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