Did you know that the only Academy Award won by Stanley Kubrick was for 'Best Effects' for 2001: A Space Odyssey
? Or that Charlie Chaplin's sole victory came for co-composing the score on Limelight
? Yet those inspirational figures still managed to enjoy more success at the Oscars than numerous Hollywood legends.
As the cameras prepare to pan in on the eager faces of the latest batch of hopeful Oscar nominees this Sunday, we look at those who remained surprisingly unrewarded (honorary trophies notwithstanding) at the prestigious annual event...> 20 most memorable Academy Awards acceptance speeches> Your guide to this year's 'Best Picture' Oscars controversies
Marilyn Monroe While such an iconic and tragically short-lived figure made her mark on the global stage, appealing performances in the likes of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
and The Seven Year Itch
failed to turn the heads of Academy voters. Monroe's sex symbol status may well have impacted on the perception of her as a good actress.
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