37-year-old Kirsten Dunst has been in the entertainment industry for three decades now. And in that time, her trophy cabinet has gathered three decades of dust, because she hasn’t won many awards. And she thinks that’s a little weird too, because damn if she’s not trying.
Kirsten is promoting her new Showtime series, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, which definitely looks like it should have lots of Emmys. But the same can be said of many projects she’s worked on.
She has been nominated a few times. In 1994 she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for Interview with the Vampire. Her appearance in Fargo got her both an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination, and she won a Critics Choice Award for it. In 2016 she won a SAG award for Hidden Figures, but it was awarded for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.
Kirsten recently admitted her award show sadness during an appearance on SiriusXM’s In Depth With Larry Flick (via BuzzFeed). She says:
“I’ve had a lot of disappointment. Of the things that people like, remember when Marie Antoinette – y’all panned it? And now you all love it. Drop Dead Gorgeous? Panned. Now you all love it. It’s interesting for me. I feel like a lot of things I do people like later. And also I’ve never been recognized in my industry. I’ve never been nominated for anything…I always feel like nobody – I don’t know, maybe they just think I’m the girl from Bring It On.
I just feel like, what did I do? I’m so chill. Maybe I don’t play the game enough. I don’t know. But then I do. I mean, I do everything I’m supposed to. It’s not like I’m rude or not doing publicity or anything…But sometimes you’re like, ‘Ummm – it’d be nice to be recognized by your peers.’ You know what I mean?”
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) August 27, 2019
So while some actresses are like, “I don’t know where my Oscar is and I don’t care,” Kirsten is like, “WHERE’S MY FUCKING OSCAR?” And it’s not like she’s never come close. Remember back in 2011 when Kirsten did Melancholia, which Cannes named her Best Actress for. The downside of that was that everyone stopped talking about how Kirsten was going to get nominated for an Oscar when Melancholia director Lars Von Trier started talking about Hitler. See, Kirsten can totally get an Oscar nomination. She just needs to make sure there’s duct tape available during the press tour, to make sure that any Oscar buzz doesn’t get drowned out by the sound of some jackass running their mouth.