3 Great Oscar Losing Lead Performances of the 00s
Kidman so colorful in Moulin Rouge! loses to Berry drabbed down (01)
Depp's inspired Pirate loses to Penn on that Mystic River(03)
I'm grouping these all together because you can see how it's so clearly interconnected. Why won't the Academy notice the cause and effect? You award people when they're award-worthy. You don't wait. That way you don't have to award them as a make up when it's someone else's shining moment (see also the 1990s) . If you give Kidman her gold in Moulin Rouge! you don't feel the need to snub Moore's prize away the following year.
And if you've awarded Sean Penn back in 1995 or even earlier when he rocked, you don't have to deny the gold to a genius comic actor in the same year. And then if you don't deny him (Depp) his deserved statue you don't have to award him with a throwaway nomination the following year (Finding Neverland) when he isn't half as good as the guy you have to snub (Paul Giamatti, Sideways) to do so. And then that guy you snubbed? You might even have to give him an Oscar the next year for a generic boxing movie! Break the chain Oscar voters, Break it!
(sigh) "but I still hear you saying you will never break --never break the chain."
It's all so very simple. When it's time it's time. Don't wait. It may never be time again. See also: 1980s, Glenn Close.