9 Stars That Did Decline Their Oscars (Live Or Whatsoever) Winning an Academy Honor is a significant bargain yet some stars have actually either not gotten theirs real-time or totally rejected it entirely.


Anthony Hopkins in The Dad and also Marlon Brando in The Godfather
To several stars, there"s no higher honor than winning an Academy Honor in acknowledgment of their efficiency. The Oscars, Hollywood"s most well known as well as star-studded honors event, honors efficiencies elected on by the 10,000 participants of the Academy of Movie Arts as well as Sciences, with their recommendation frequently verifying years of dedication to movie theater.

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For all its formality as well as respect, there are specific circumstances where concept, location, and also easy organizing might make a star select not to participate in the Oscars, as well as when the moment concerns approve their renowned gold statuette, they either wear"t approve it live or decline it outright. Actually, in the honor program"s 93-year background, several of Hollywood"s greatest celebrities place"t attended it also when they"ve won.


Anthony Hopkins The Daddy
After his preliminary win for Ideal Star for playing legendary display bad guy Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins wouldn"t win an additional Academy Honor for 3 years (though he"d be chosen a lot of times). When he won at the 2021 Academy Honors for The Papa, he didn"t join the online program.

He didn"t traveling to an assigned area to offer his approval speech (as well as the Academy wouldn"t allowed him do it from residence) yet selected to upload a video clip to his Instagram while showing up at his daddy"s gravesite in Wales. The earliest acting Oscar champion said thanks to the Academy in addition to offering homage to Chadwick Boseman, his late modern and also fellow Best Star candidate for Ma Rainey"s Black Base


George C. Scott doing a salut in Patton Cropped
Understood for playing such titanic somebodies as Clarence Darrow, Penny Pincher, as well as General Patton, it was for the efficiency in the last duty that George S. Scott won the Academy Honor for Finest Star. Upon expertise that he may win, he nicely informed the Academy to "shed his number" since he saw the Oscars as a "two-hour meat ceremony."

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Scott decreased his election and also clarified to the academy that he would certainly decline the Oscar if he won (he won despite his view). It came a complete years after he decreased his Ideal Sustaining Star election for showing up in The Hustler in 1961.



Among one of the most well-known speeches in the background of the Academy Honors wasn"t offered by the male that declined to take house the gold, however by Sacheen Littlefeather, an Initial American starlet whom Marlon Brando (typically taken into consideration the best star of his generation) sent out in his location, and also rejected the statuette from speaker Roger Moore.

Don Corleone himself contradicted the Academy Honor for Ideal Star for The Godfather at the 1973 event, picking rather to make a political declaration objecting Hollywood"s therapy of First Americans by their unreliable, bad, and also racist representations in films.

6 Elizabeth Taylor


Elizabeth Taylor as Martha as well as Richard Burton as George in That'' s Worried of Virginia Woolf?
Both Elizabeth Taylor and also Richard Burton were chosen for Ideal Starlet as well as Ideal Star specifically for That"s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, however Burton handled to persuade Taylor to not participate in the 1966 Academy Honors due to his very own instabilities.

Burton had actually lost out on Oscar gold 4 times prior to as well as didn"t wish to experience with a 5th loss before all his peers, so he blended both off to Paris. He wound up not winning while Taylor did, however in uniformity, she thumbed her nose at the Academy.


In between the years 1961 and also 1982, the sapphire-eyed display tale got no much less than 6 Academy Honor elections as well as went to every event. In 1987, when he ultimately won for The Shade of Cash, the resistant celebrity was no place about.

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When he was found by the Associated Press, the Trendy Hand Luke celebrity utilized a vivid example to discuss his lack, "It"s like going after a stunning female for 80 years. Lastly, she yields, and also you claim, "I"m awfully sorry. I"m exhausted.""

4 Michael Caine


Chosen in 1967, 1973, as well as 1984 for Finest Star, it wasn"t till 1987 that Michael Caine in fact won an Academy Honor, and also while he overcame for his efficiency in Hannah and also Her Siblings, the distinguished English thespian was active shooting the 4th Jaws franchise business installation Jaws: The Retribution.

When he won Ideal Sustaining Star once more for The Cider Home Policy in 2000, he saw to it to participate in the Oscars. He would certainly be chosen for Finest Star once more in 2003 for The Silent American.


To today, Katharine Hepburn, celebrity of timeless motion pictures like The Philly Tale as well as The African Queen, still has even more Academy Honors to her name than any type of various other star. In spite of winning 4 Oscars in her decades-long occupation, the admired starlet never ever went to the events where she would certainly be anticipated to approve her very own honors.

When she did ultimately go to the 1974 Academy Honors, it was to provide the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Honor, whereupon she claimed, "I"m living evidence that an individual can wait 41 years to be selfless."

2 Peter O"Toole


Peter O"Toole may have had excellent factor for rejecting the honorary Oscar the Academy offered him in 2003. Out of a job enduring 5 years, he had actually been chosen 8 times for Finest Star as well as never ever took care of to earn an Oscar.

O"Toole informed the Academy that he may still have an opportunity to "win the charming bugger outright" to which it reacted by describing various other celebrities consisting of Henry Fonda as well as Paul Newman had actually taken place to win the authentic gold after approving their Academy Honorary Honors. At his kids"s request, he ultimately approved it.


Sir John Gielgud was a tale of the phase as well as display for 8 years, and also because time he won 3 Tonys, an Emmy, a Grammy, as well as 2 Oscars. In 1981, he was chosen for playing the active, sharp-tongued butler Hobson contrary Dudley Moore"s foppish aristocrat in Arthur, a component he had actually denied two times. As it occurred, he denied participating in the event, also.

Although he won for Ideal Sustaining Star, he didn"t approve the statuette himself, probably since as he described in Richard Mangan"s publication Gielgud"s Letter, honor programs had lots of "common congratulation humbug."