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15 Actors Who Should’ve Won an Oscar for Their Voice Work 

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Max Jerry Horowitz, Mary & Max (2009)

Not many people saw this wonderful Australian stop-motion animated film back in 2009. Hoffman plays Max, a morbidly obese 44-year-old atheist diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome living in New York City who somehow becomes pen pals with an 8-year-old girl from Australia. Other nominees: Dawn French as Ms. Forcible in CoralineGeorge Clooney as Mr. Fox and Jason Schwartzman as Ash Fox in Fantastic Mr. Fox; Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie in The Princess and the Frog.

Ned Beatty as Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, Toy Story 3 (2010)

Honestly, anyone in the film could be listed as giving one of the best voice performances of 2010. I picked Ned Beatty because he has the meatiest role as the villain of the film, but also shows his vulnerable side. Other nominees: Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Joan Cusack as Jessie and Michael Keaton as Ken from Toy Story 3; Geoffrey Rush as Ezylryb in Guardians of Ga’Hoole.

Johnny Depp as Rango, Rango (2011)

Probably the only actor on this list that didn’t actually record his voice inside a studio, Depp and the rest of the cast were actually on a set acting out the film in costume. It’s no wonder the voice work of all the characters sounds so authentic and rich. Other nominees: Bill Nighy as Rattlesnake Jake in Rango; Gary Oldman as Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2; Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in Winnie the Pooh.

Alan Tudyk as King Candy, Wreck-it-Ralph (2012)

I can’t help but think of Tudyk’s character as a mix between director Gary Marshall and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. The combination is sublime and the villainous King Candy is equal parts goofy and frightening as they come. Other nominees: Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweet and Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix in Wreck-it-Ralph; Atticus Shaffer as “E” Gore in FrankenweenieKelly Macdonald as Merida in Brave.

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