devil has been the most popular character in the history of
film by far, easily beating out his his rival God (who comes in second
in the tally to Lucifer for perhaps the only time).
Huston was nominated for Best Actor in 1941
for his wonderful performance as the devil (named "Mr. Scratch")
in All That Money Can Buy (aka The Devil and Daniel Webster).
Huston was also nominated for Dodsworth (1936), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), and took the award home
for Treasure of the Sierra Madres (1948).
may decide for yourself if Linda Blair was nominated
for playing the devil in The Exorcist (1973) or merely as the
little girl possessed by him. Blair was nominated for
Best Supporting Actress for her intense performance and was
considered the front-runner for the award until it became known that
her voice in her possessed state was supplied by
Oscar winner Mercedes McCambridge (All the King's Men, 1949).
This created a controversy that allowed Tatum O'Neill to
take home the award for Paper Moon. Why there was no
controversy that O'Neill won a supporting award for a
film that she appeared in 90% of is another matter.
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