8 Oscar Winners Who Weren’t There To Accept Their Awards

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Actors and actresses are fragile creatures. Their egos aren’t always especially strong, which makes rejection really hard for many of them. For this very reason, award season can be a difficult time in Hollywood. Getting nominated is sometimes not enough – they need to win, otherwise they won’t even go. Since the Academy Awards are coming up, we thought that we would take a look at some actors and actresses who skipped the ceremony, only to end up winning. Here are 8 Oscar winners who weren’t there to accept their awards!

8. Eminem

In 2002, Eminem won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself,” which was in the movie “8 Mile.” He was the first rapper to ever win the award; however, he wasn’t there to accept it himself. He was also asked to perform the song at the ceremony, but he declined. He’s given a couple of different reasons for not attending. He said that he was taking time off and he also said that he didn’t go because he would have felt out of his element.

“I’m thankful for it, I’m not ungrateful. I’m very grateful. I just don’t choose to rub elbows with the whole Hollywood scene. It’s not me. If there is just one award show you don’t go to you gonna look ungrateful. Period. But me, I just don’t like to go to places where I feel outta my element. And me sitting there with a bunch of movie stars and actors, I don’t belong. I rap and do hip-hop, the music that I love. I’m about the music. The Grammy’s are about as far as I’m goin’ go outside my element. It’s still cool that I got it,” he said.


7. Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn is another star who won four Academy Awards, but never showed up to receive any of them. She was nominated a total of 12 times and she won for her performances in “Morning Glory,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Lion and the Winter” and “On Golden Pond.” She reportedly never attended the ceremony as a nominee because she didn’t believe in awards. “As for me, prizes are nothing,” she once said. “My prize is my work.”

Hepburn had also said that she never showed up when she was nominated because she was scared that she would lose. “Too gutless. Afraid I wouldn’t win it. It must be that. It couldn’t be anything else! Or that I have no dress. I have no dress. My father said about his children, ‘My children are very shy. When they go to a party (and this would include that [the Oscars]), they’re afraid they’re going to be neither the bride nor the corpse,’” she said.

PREMIUM -- Katherine Hepburn, 1940s.

PREMIUM — Katherine Hepburn, 1940s.