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Gary Oldman: 'The Contender Final Cut Drama May Have Cost Me Oscar Nod'

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Jul 02, 2014 | 2:56pm EDT

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Gary Oldman fears he missed out on an Oscar nomination for The Contender because rumours suggested he was unhappy with the 2000 film's final cut.

The British star played Shelly Runyon in the political drama and many were amazed when he was not named among the Academy Award nominees, but Oldman has a theory.

He tells Playboy magazine, "I just happened to mention that there was another cut of the film that I thought was superior... (but) I'm very proud of the film. "It had the whiff of a scandal, which I'm told may have cost me an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor."

Oldman, who is considered by many one of today's best actors, has never won an Oscar, and he partly blames himself, adding, "What people don't realise is that you need to work at being a celebrity... You have to campaign. It's a whole other part of your career, and I wish I could have navigated it a bit better. I may have an Oscar now, had I (done so)."

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