Samuel L. Jackson argues he should have won the Oscar for Pulp Fiction

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1 Mar 2022, 14:57

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Samuel L. Jackson has admitted not picking up an Academy Award has left him pretty annoyed in the past. 

Despite appearing in over 150 films, and sitting on top of the highest-grossing actor list, Jackson has yet to take home one of those golden statuettes, and has only been nominated once. 

That Best Supporting Actor nod came for his role as Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 epic Pulp Fiction. 

Jackson walked home empty handed after Martin Landau won for his turn as Béla Lugosi in Ed Wood, and it’s not the only time the actor has felt a bit salty about not winning an Oscar. 

In a new interview in The Times, the Marvel star did suggest he ‘should’ve won’ in 1994, but he also should’ve been nominated for his role in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever in 1991. 

Jackson narrowly missed out on a nomination, with Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Lerner, Harvey Keitel, Sir Ben Kingsley, eventual winner Jack Palance hitting the list instead. 

He told the publication that following a screening of Bugsy, which starred both Kingsley and Keitel, his reaction was: “‘Damn! They got nominated and I didn’t?’”

Jackson then went on to say: “I guess black folk usually win for doing despicable s**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 m*f***er.”

For context, Denzel’s role as Malcolm X was beaten by Al Pancino in Scent For A Woman. 

Despite being Oscar-less all these years later, Jackson isn’t feeling too sorry for himself. He added: “So maybe I should have won one. But Oscars don’t move the comma on your cheque — it’s about getting a***s in seats and I’ve done a good job of doing that.” 

There’s definitely no disputing that!

He might not have won for his leading roles, but Jackson is about to pick up the honorary Oscar during the Academy Award ceremony later this month. 

The 94th Oscars will take place Sunday March 27th.