Sometimes, the Academy sets out to right an Oscar mistake, finally giving top awards to the most deserving of actors and directors... but not for their best work. Which stars have won Academy Awards, but a few years too late? For actors and directors who've made it big in Hollywood, there's no award like an Academy Award. No accolade is more prestigious than the Oscar: it is the high water mark of a career and no actor is the same after a win or even a nomination. Unfortunately sometimes the Academy gets it wrong.
This occasionally results in make up Oscars - honoring the great work of top actors or directors, for a film that maybe wasn't their best outing. Other times, the Academy might give a farewell Oscar to an iconic actor who is retiring and hasn't yet won. From Scorsese to Elizabeth Taylor, the Oscars have honored some questionable films and roles, in an effort to make the Oscar dreams of film legends finally come true.Whatever the case these are the actors and directors who won an Oscar... but for the wrong film. Vote up the directors and actors who should've won Oscars for other films in their bodies of work, but got consolation Oscars instead.
The Film He Won For: Million Dollar Baby
The Film He Should Have Won For: Shawshank Redemption
#10 on The Coolest Actors Ever
The Film He Won For: Scent of a Woman
The Film He Should Have Won For: The Godfather
#12 on The Coolest Actors Ever
The Film He Won For: The Departed
The Films He Should Have Won For: Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Taxi Driver, The Color of Money
The Film He Won For: The Color of Money
The Films He Should Have Won For: The Hustler, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butch Cassidy, Hud, The Sting
#2 on The Coolest Actors Ever