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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?
  • Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Oscar Loser Faces, Ranked
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    Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married lost out to Kate Winslet in The Reader for Best Actress in 2009. Are you really that happy, Anne? Really?
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  • Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Oscar Loser Faces, Ranked
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    Minnie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1997 for her role in Good Will Hunting, but lost to Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential. Her big, sardonic "wow" reads less like, "I'm genuinely happy for you," and more like, "How the hell did that happen?!"
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  • Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Oscar Loser Faces, Ranked
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    Helena Bonham Carter was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2011 for the movie The King's Speech. However, she lost to Melissa Leo for The Fighter and mysteriously still doesn't have an Oscar. Yeah, we'd probably make that face, too. But hey, it's an honor just to be nominated.
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  • Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Oscar Loser Faces, Ranked
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    Jackson mouthed "shit" after being nominated for his role in Pulp Fiction and losing to Martin Landau for Ed Wood in 1995. It's one of the more rare candid and sincere loser reactions we've seen.
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