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Why Jim Carrey Didn’t Win an Oscar for ‘The Truman Show’

The year was 1998, and people could not stop talking about The Truman Show.

The critically-acclaimed drama follows Truman Burbank, a naive insurance salesman who lives the most perfect life. But as time progresses, he grows skeptical of things and sets out in search of answers. He eventually learns that he’s the unwitting star of his own TV series, The Truman Show and that his entire life has been a lie.

The film received massive box office success and overwhelmingly positive reviews not just because of its interesting plotline but also because of Jim Carrey’s performance. The actor would go on to win a trove of awards for his role, including a Golden Globe for Best Actor, but Jim Carrey (somehow) did not win an Oscar for the flick.

Let’s talk about how and why Carrey missed out for his part in this masterpiece.

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Carrey faced stiff competition

There’s no doubt that Carrey put on a stellar performance in The Truman Show. But many other actors also put on acclaimed acts around the same time — and only so many of them could make the cut for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 1999 Oscars.

In the end, officials narrowed the nominee list down to Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan), Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters), Nick Nolte (Affliction), Edward Norton (American History X), and Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful).

Benigni ended up taking home the award for the 1997 film, which tells the story of a Jewish librarian and his son who become victims of the Holocaust. According to IMDb, the man “uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.” Not only did Benigni have a starring role in the critically-acclaimed film, but he also co-wrote and directed it.

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But the movie itself was nominated

So, the Oscars didn’t totally snub The Truman Show. The satirical science drama received three nominations. Ed Harris, who orchestrated the TV series in the movie, earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Peter Weir received a nomination for Best Directing. And Andrew Niccol received one for Best Writing.

But they also faced some heavyweight contenders and ultimately did not win any awards. Harris lost to James Coburn (Affliction). Weir lost to Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan), and Niccol was edged out by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love).

How Carrey feels about the snub

It’s been more than 20 years since the release of The Truman Show, and many fans would still argue that the film deserves an Oscar. But the leading star himself isn’t losing any sleep over the snub. While speaking to the press on Aug. 2 in promotion of his Showtime series, Kidding, the 57-year-old actor said he’s never felt “left out.”

“I’ve never felt left out or passed over. These are words that other people create around me. I don’t live in that world,” Carrey said of not getting an Oscar (via People).

He continued, “All gifts are welcome. All recognition is appreciated, but none of it is needed. I’m so lucky creatively and personally. That’s not a need that I have.”

“The Truman Show is its own gift,” he continued. “Whether it had Oscars attached to it or not, that’s not what makes kids in college want to study the papers on your film. It’s the truth behind the film that makes that happen.”

Carrey added, “That comes from the actors who are honest. That comes from wanting to do a great piece of work aside from all of the mirroring of awards and the PR side of things. It’s the art. When the art transcends, those things come.”

Carrey has recently returned to the spotlight following 2014’s Dumb and Dumber To, so, with any luck, he’ll be able to secure an Oscar win soon. But if not, it seems like he’ll be OK with that.

Jim Carrey Says Awards Season Is A ‘Gigantic Clusterf*ck’ He’s Not Interested In

Jim Carrey is expected to pick up his first acting Emmy nomination later this year for his work on the Showtime comedy series “Kidding,” but don’t expect the actor to drop everything so he can vigorously hit the awards season campaign trail. Carrey, who has rarely been an awards darling despite turning in beloved comedic and dramatic performances for decades, recently spoke to Vanity Fair about his annoyance with Oscar season and how campaigning is a game he just has no interest in playing.

“There’s a lot of monkey business that goes on around awards,” Carrey said when a reporter brought up he has yet to earn an Oscar nomination. “ gigantic clusterfuck…if you don’t show up to a certain dinner, you screw your chances and all those things. I’ve never been real good at playing that game.”

“The only time I’ve ever felt a twinge of something about an award or not getting nominated is whenever people tell me I should be,” Carrey continued. “Like, really? Should I be disgruntled? I had a wonderful time and I met a bunch of people…isn’t that enough?”

Carrey is still without an Oscar nomination, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been at the center of Oscar buzz. The actor won a Golden Globe and was SAG nominated for his performance as Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon,” which is why his lack of an Oscar nom was considered a big snub that season. Other dramatic turns in “The Truman Show” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” also earned Carrey nominations at the Golden Globes. with “Eternal Sunshine” even securing the actor his first and only BAFTA nomination. Fortunately, the work and the relationships formed on set are all Carrey cares about.

Showtime has renewed “Kidding” for a second season, which will bring Carrey back to television later this year. As far as big screen roles, the actor will be returning to big-budget Hollywood efforts with a supporting role in “Sonic the Hedgehog,” in theaters November 8.

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Jim Carrey once called himself the “Tom Hanks of the Golden Globes” after his second straight victory with the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2000 (for “Man on the Moon” following “The Truman Show”). He could win with that group but somehow couldn’t impress Oscar voters. And he’s not the only actor in that situation. Tour our photo gallery featuring Carrey among the 20 actors who’ve never been nominated for an Oscar. And be sure to also visit our photo gallery for the 20 unfortunate actresses in the same situation.

Even Academy Awards hosts such as Billy Crystal and Steve Martin haven’t been noticed by Oscar voters other than seeing them perform on the ceremony stage. They have both received critics awards and Golden Globe nominations in their long careers (primarily for “When Harry Met Sally” and “All of Me,” respectively). Martin has at least received an honorary Oscar, as has Donald Sutherland, but alas no individual nomination for either one throughout their careers.

Other Golden Globe film winners have included Colin Farrell (“In Bruges”), Richard Gere (“Chicago”) and Hugh Grant (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”). Our photo gallery features men who have had good luck with the Independent Spirit Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and/or the HFPA, including Kevin Bacon (“The River Wild”), Steve Buscemi (“Ghost World”), John Cusack (“High Fidelity”), Jeff Daniels (“The Squid and the Whale”), Ewan McGregor (“Moulin Rouge”) and Bruce Willis (“In Country”).

Who else will you find in our photo gallery. Take a tour of these 20 men, listed alphabetically.

Text co-written by Zach Laws.

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Actor Jim Carrey and “Kidding’ co-star Ginger Gonzaga have gone their separate ways after less than a year of dating.

Us Weekly reports they ended the relationship earlier this year.

Gonzaga last posted a photo of Carrey in March. She wrote on Instagram, “My moon (@michelgondry) and my man.”

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In January, Jim and Ginger had everyone talking when they showed up together at the 2019 Golden Globes.

On the red carpet, Jim, 57, and Ginger, 35, held hands and shared loving looks.

“Extra’s” Renee Bargh and special correspondent Adam Glassman caught up with Jim, who gushed about his date, “She’s incredible, unbelievable, wicked talent and amazing person.”

When Renee commented on the Globes being a pretty epic date night, Jim commented, “Not bad for a first date,” joking, “I just want first base tonight, I’m not looking to take the field.”


Earlier in the day, Gonzaga showed support for her man, tweeting, “Art is a wonderful therapy, and we’ve all been traumatized by @realDonaldTrump ! Treat yourself and color this @JimCarrey cartoon! Send back with #ColorHimGone ! Enjoy!”

The night before, the pair made their red-carpet debut at the Showtime Golden Globes Nominees Celebration in West Hollywood.

Aside from “Kidding,” Jim and Ginger also worked together on “I’m Dying Up Here.”

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Jim Carrey managed to grab the attention of the whole room within the first few minutes of the Golden Globes, and frankly, Twitter is loving it.

Fans have taken to the social media platform to praise the 56-year-old actor, after he hilariously responded to hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh asking him to leave the movies section of the audience as he’s nominated for a TV show, not a film.

“OK @JimCarrey’s reaction to his name being called was the funniest thing yet,” one fan wrote.

@JimCarrey at the #GoldenGlobes is officially my new favorite gif

— schatz (@schatz_rashad) January 7, 2019

Man did I miss you @JimCarrey 😂#GoldenGlobes⁠ ⁠

— Jiancarlo Sevilla (@Jsevilla93) January 7, 2019

Never change, @JimCarrey. Never change. #GoldenGlobes

— hope carter. (@Hope_Carter) January 7, 2019

Meanwhile others suggested the star would’ve been a better choice as host of the awards.

Admit it. Everyone wants #JimCarey to host the #GoldenGlobes #GoldenGlobes2019

— Victoria Anne Parker (@ToriaAnneParker) January 7, 2019

“Admit it. Everyone wants #JimCarey to host the #GoldenGlobes,” wrote a viewer.

Some even said he’d be perfect to host the upcoming Academy Awards.

“@JimCarrey to host the #Oscars he proved he could do it tonight at #GoldenGlobes,” penned a fan.

In case the Academy is still looking for an Oscars host… @JimCarrey

— Lindsey (@FilmGirl_24) January 7, 2019

@JimCarrey to host the #Oscars he proved he could do it tonight at #GoldenGlobes 🙌🏼

— Kelli Hershberger (@kapowsk) January 7, 2019

@JimCarrey needs to host the #oscars !!! #Oscars2019 @TheAcademy

— Ran Levy (@ranlevy) January 7, 2019

During their opening segment, Golden Globes hosts Andy and Sandra asked Jim to kindly change seats, as he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy in TV show Kidding, not a film.

“You’re kidding, right?” Jim quipped back.

“I just finished a film, it’s called Sonic the Hedgehog,” he continued, adding it was to be released in November.

View photos During their opening segment, Golden Globes hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh asked Jim to kindly change seats. Photo: NBCMore

But when told that wouldn’t make a difference, he obliged to move.

“Alright I’m going, should I take my dinner too? I wouldn’t want to leave any of my DNA in the film section,” he said.

The actor even went on to hold up some drinking glasses like binoculars, claiming it was harder to see the stage from the TV section.

View photos His reaction was gold. Photo: NBCMore

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GOLDEN Globes 2019 viewers praised Jim Carrey for “stealing the show” during a hilarious skit in the ceremony’s opening monologue.

Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh booted the esteemed Hollywood star from the “movie section” of the audience, because he is at the show for his TV series Kidding.

12 Jim Carrey had Golden Globes viewers in hysterics with his response to the skit

The 56-year-old star played along with the skit – storming off to the TV section with his dinner, quipping that he doesn’t want to “leave any DNA in the film section”.

Opening the show, Killing Eve’s Sandra said: “I am seeing Jim Carrey sitting up front tonight in the movie section even though he’s nominated for a TV show.”

Brooklyn 99’s Andy added: “That’s not going to work, I am so sorry, Jim but we are going to have to ask you to vacate the movie section and go sit with the TV folk.”

Jim replied: “You’re kidding right?”

12 The Golden Globes hosts admitted it was ‘awkward’ to ask Jim to move 12 The star ‘stole the show’ according to fans

Andy retorted: “It’s awkward because you’re our hero but we do have to ask you to move.”

When the star said that he was in a new Sonic The Hedgehog film coming out later this year, Andy suggested Jim returned next year as a bodyguard was seen tapping Jim on the shoulder to escort him from the seat.

The funnyman shouted as he left his seat: “I’m going, should I take my dinner too?

“I wouldn’t want to leave any of my DNA in the film section.”

12 Security approached Jim 12 Jim won over fans with his good-natured response to the skit

When the hosts further apologised, Jim hit back from the TV section: “I’m sorry, I can’t hear you.

“I see your lips moving but there’s a delay, it takes a long time for the sound to get this far.”

He then jokingly pulled two glasses to his eyes, pretending that he was using them to see the hosts from the distance.

12 Jim hit the red carpet with his new girlfriend GingerCredit: Getty Images – Getty 12 Jim plays Jeff Pickles in US sitcom Kidding

Fans at home were lapping up the hilarious routine, and took to social media to praise the star.

One wrote: “And just like that @JimCarrey just won the entirety of the @goldenglobes! Nothing else matters.”

Another added: “Jim Carrey is stealing the show lol He’s the best.”

When @JimCarrey saves your opening #GoldenGlobes

— Katie Jones (@JatieKones) January 7, 2019

I think the Jim Carrey bit at the opening was my favourite so far lol #GoldenGlobes

— Kaitlyn McKay (@Kaitz86) January 7, 2019


— shoshana (@taxiapologist) January 7, 2019

Jim Carrey was the best part of that opening. #GoldenGlobes

— Dan Delaney 🎄❄⛄ (@MNDanimal) January 7, 2019

Jim Carrey remains a comic genius. #GoldenGlobes

— Matt Griffin (@mattgriffinreal) January 7, 2019

Please let Jim Carrey host the Oscars thank you, bye #GoldenGlobes

— Mireia (@MimiLovesMeryl) January 7, 2019 Golden Globes Red Carpet: A look into Hollywood’s hottest fashion

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Earlier in the evening, Jim made his red carpet debut with his new girlfriend – Kidding co-star Ginger Gonzaga, 34.

The pair laughed as they put on a loved-up display in front of the camera, marking Jim’s first public relationship since his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, tragically passed away in 2015.

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Jim Carrey has found love with his TV girlfriend.

The funnyman, whose past girlfriends have included Renee Zellweger and Jenny McCarthy, recently revealed he was quietly dating again after the suicide of his ex, Cathriona White, three years ago, and now his latest love has been revealed.

Carrey is dating his 34-year-old Kidding co-star Ginger Gonzaga.

The couple paired up for Showtime’s 2019 Golden Globes Nominees Celebration in West Hollywood, California on Saturday, and now his publicist has told People that Carrey and Gonzaga are an item.

Talking about his life away from Hollywood in a candid Radio Times interview at the end of last year, twice-married Carrey said, “You could describe my home life as an isolated life. I spend a lot of time by myself but I like being by myself, so it’s OK. That might be strange to some people, but I enjoy it.

“I love to read and I enjoy painting and working on sculptures. And I date.”

Gonzaga portrayed a cancer-fighting woman Carrey’s children’s TV host character befriended and then bedded in quirky drama series Kidding, which is nominated for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy at the 2019 Golden Globes. Carrey is also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his role as Jeff.

The Mask star is enjoying a professional and personal lift in his life after spending the past three years battling a wrongful death suit filed by his tragic ex-girlfriend’s mother, who accused the actor of playing a part in her daughter’s passing.

Brigid Sweetman and Cathriona White’s estranged husband Mark Burton sued Carrey, alleging the actor and comedian provided her with the pills that killed her while also giving her sexually transmitted diseases.

He filed a countersuit in September 2017, alleging their legal action was an attempt to exploit his fame.

The case against him was dismissed at the beginning of 2018.

When Jim Carrey hit the 2019 Golden Globes red carpet with his Kidding co-star Ginger Gonzaga, we had A LOT of questions — and so did the rest of the Internet. Here, we answer all of your ~ burning ~ questions about the 56-year-old actor.

For starters, is he dating his Kidding co-star?

Carrey was joined on the red carpet by Ginger Gonzaga, who plays Vivian on their Showtime hit Kidding, and yes they are dating. “She’s not only beautiful. She’s wickedly talented and amazing and smart,” he gushed about his 34-year-old girlfriend during an on-carpet interview. Coincidentally, the couple is also dating on their show. Life imitates art, doesn’t it?

Ahead of Sunday’s show, the two made their official red carpet debut on Saturday at Showtime’s Golden Globe nominees celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel. And boy, do they look happy.

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So, what was Jim doing at the Golden Globes?

The comedic actor was nominated a Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy” for his role in the Showtime series Kidding. The award this year went to Michael Douglas for the Kominsky Method.

But don’t feel too bad for Jim. Throughout his career, he’s been nominated six times and taken home two awards for his leading roles in The Truman Show and Man on the Moon.

And ICYMI, his bit in the opening monologue was hilarious.

During Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh’s opening monologue, they gave Carrey a hard time for sitting in the “movies section” of the audience. His reaction was priceless:

Oh Jim Carrey how much i’ve missed you! such a legend! #GoldenGlobes

— Majo Cortes (@MajooCortes) January 7, 2019

Carrey was a good sport and even started started making his way to the “TV section” of the audience. People loved every second of it (Same.):

Jim Carrey’s one minute was 1,000,000 times funnier than anything in the opening. If they had to move his seat it should have been to put him onstage as the new host! #GoldenGIobes

— Mel (@PeachesBeaches5) January 7, 2019

Jim Carrey is available to host the Oscars. #GoldenGlobes

— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) January 7, 2019 Catch Up on Hollywood’s Biggest Night Amanda Garrity Associate Lifestyle Editor As the Associate Lifestyle Editor for, Amanda oversees gift guides and covers home, holidays, food, and other lifestyle news.