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Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:15:57 GMT | By Norman Wilner
When Oscar says he’s sorry

Martin Landau

Martin Landau (© Wireimage/Steve Granitz)
  • Renee Zellweger, Sean Penn, Colin Firth (© Wireimage)
  • Paul Newman (© Wireimage/Steve Granitz)
  • Jeremy Irons (© Wireimage/Gregg DeGuire)
  • Martin Landau (© Wireimage/Steve Granitz)
  • Jennifer Connelly (© Wireimage/Steve Granitz)
  • Ron Howard (© Wireimage/John Sciulli)
  • Sean Penn (© Wireimage/Steve Granitz)
  • Peter Jackson (© Wireimage/ Jeff Vespa)
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WINNER: Martin Landau
WON FOR: 'Ed Wood'
SHOULD HAVE WON FOR: 'Tucker: The Man and His Dream,' where he deftly stole the movie out from Jeff Bridges as Preston Tucker's true-believing business partner. But that was Kevin Kline's year, so Landau had to settle for the work that 'Tucker' generated - including a powerhouse turn in Woody Allen's 'Crimes and Misdemeanors,' which led to his second Oscar nomination. Eventually, Tim Burton cast him as the resentful, morphine-addled Bela Lugosi, pulled out of has-been obscurity by Johnny Depp's wide-eyed dreamer for one last pitiful turn before the cameras - a role Landau seizes like he's ripping into a juicy steak.