80’s Retrospective: Best Supporting Actor Oscar Snubs From the Decade of Excess


As the Oscars are merely hours away, it is incumbent upon us to take a look at some 1980’s watershed performances that were clearly overlooked by the Academy. While reparations cannot be made to these individuals, we here at Untied are committed to showcasing the brilliance of some classic, second bananas from their halcyon days.

1. Martin Kove as John Kreese in The Karate Kid (1984)
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“Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it? Pain does not exist in this dojo, does it? Defeat does not exist in this dojo, does it?”

2. Michael McKean as Mr. Green in Clue (1985)
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“I’m going to go home and sleep with my wife.”

3. Jay Tarses as Coach Bobby Finstock in Teen Wolf (1985)
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“There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.”

4. Curtis Armstrong as Booger in Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
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“I thought I was looking at my mother’s old douche-bag, but that’s in Ohio.”

5. Demian Slade as Johnny Gasparini in Better Off Dead (1985)
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“Didn’t ask for a dime. Two dollars.”

6. Terry Kiser as Bernie Lomax in Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
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From the suicide note in Bernie’s voice: “Richard Parker and I stole this money from the company to pay for my sex-change operation.”

7. Jim J. Bullock as Prince Valium in Spaceballs (1987)
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“Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..”
8. Jeffrey Jones as Doctor Walter Jenning in Howard the Duck (1986)
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“I have disguised my true form, which would be considered… hideous and revolting, here.”
9. Charles Nelson Reilly as Don Don Canneloni in Cannonball Run II (1984)
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“What brings you to the Pinto Ranch? Business or pleasure?”

9. Mark Holton as the Spectator who shouts “It’s Enrico Pallazzo!” in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
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“Hey! It’s Enrico Pallazzo!”

10. John Matuszak as Sloth in The Goonies (1985)
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“Hey, you guys!”

11. Vernon Wells as Bennett in Commando (1985)
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“They offered me a hundred grand. You want to know something? When I found out I could get my hands on you, I said I’d do it for nothing.”

12. Damon Wayans as Banana Boy in Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
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“The buffet plate is $12.50. You get peaches, plums, oranges, and bananas.”

John Avicolli

Capable of having complete conversations in movie dialogue, lover of all things pop culture, in-house 80's subject matter expert, and one hell of a model American