Greta Garbo, photographed by Clarence Sinclair Bull for Inspiration, 1931.
Greta Garbo photographed by Ruth Harriet Louise, 1926
Despite the fact that the Academy Awards are a world-renowned and respected form of recognition for the motion picture industry and its artists, they have been widely criticized for ignoring valuable talent throughout their history. The “snubs”, as they are called, are artists who have never been recognized by the Academy Awards, and are considered by most film specialists as deserving of such recognition. The Academy itself has a mechanism to apologize to those stars, the Honorary Award, but these are usually taken less seriously than their competitive counterparts. There are numerous unrecognized performers, directors and writers of questioned worth, but some of them have such obvious talent that letting them die or retire without an Award is a travesty that cannot be forgiven.