Samuel L. Jackson should have already earned an Academy Award for his work as one of the most well-known and prolific actors in the industry, with a career spanning decades. With a resumé that includes scores of successful, blockbuster films, Jackson’s fans have always questioned why the Academy has neglected to recognize his unequalled talents.
Jackson is set to earn an Honorary Oscar this year, but in an interview with The New York Times, he talked about the one and only occasion he was nominated for an Academy Award and didn’t win. Jackson was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1994 for his pivotal part in Quentin Tarantino’s iconic film Pulp Fiction.
I should have won that one. My wife and I went to see ‘Bugsy.’ Damn! They got nominated and I didn’t? I guess Black folk usually win for doing despicable sh*t on screen. Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop in ‘Training Day.’ All the great stuff he did in uplifting roles like ‘Malcolm X?’ No — we’ll give it to this motherf*cker. So maybe I should have won one. But Oscars don’t move the comma on your cheque — it’s about getting a**es in seats and I’ve done a good job of doing that.
Gary Sinise in Forrest Gump, Chazz Palminteri in Bullets Over Broadway, Paul Scofield in Quiz Show, and Oscar winner Martin Landau in Ed Wood were among Jackson’s peers for the nomination. Bugsy won two Oscars in the Best Supporting Actor category at the 1992 Academy Awards.
Jackson also stated that his performance in Spike Lee’s 1991 blockbuster Jungle Fever deserved an Oscar nomination. Jackson believes that the Oscars should add a “Most Popular Film” category to shake things up. Take a look at an iconic scene from Pulp Fiction below.