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Quiz: Who deserves an honorary Oscar the most?

August 4, 2011 |  9:51 am

Doris day

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the names of the newest batch of honorary Oscar recipients, there was widespread disappointment over some alternatives who were snubbed again. For example, here are a few actors who are overdue:

Doris Day -– She's the star most often cited as being the most deserving of an honorary Oscar, but it's unclear whether the reclusive legend would agree to appear in public to accept it. She was nominated only once for an Oscar -– for "Pillow Talk" (1959) -– but starred in such other great films as "The Pajama Game" (1957), "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1960) and "That Touch of Mink" (1962).

Albert Finney -– Five-time Oscar loser: "Erin Brockovich" (2000), "Under the Volcano" (1984), "The Dresser" (1983), "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) and best picture of 1963 "Tom Jones."

Angela Lansbury -- Early in her career, she was nominated three times: "Gaslight," "Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945) and "The Manchurian Candidate" (1963). She also had notable roles in "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971), "Death on the Nile" (1978) and other beloved films.

Liv Ullmann -– Nominated for "Face to Face" (1976) and "The Emigrants" (1971), she also gave powerhouse performances in "Cries and Whispers" (1972), "Shame" (1968) and "Persona" (1966).

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Doris Day with John Raitt in "The Pajama Game." Credit: Warner Bros.