The 10 Great Actors Who Never Won An Oscar

The 10 Great Actors Who Never Won An Oscar

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The annual American Award ceremony commemorating cinematic achievements of Hollywood film industry. The award ceremony is commonly known as the Academy Awards and The Oscars. The Winner of this illustrious and esteemed award are adorned with the statuette, official wording would be Academy Award of Merit, which is popularly recognized by its name as Oscar. The award was first presented dating back to 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

The reputable award ceremony was first broadcasted dating back in 1953 and now people from more than 200 countries tune in every year to see the galaxy of stars on the world’s biggest honoring stage and the oldest entertainment award ceremony.

We as spectator’s of this ceremony and as fans of Hollywoods staggering movies and stars recognize it as cherished truth that “The Oscar” is a arduous award to win. It takes careers and implausible performances embedded in those year to win it. If it was that easy to call an Oscar of your own than it might have lost it’s prestige long back.

But a question has been raised across the years from 1929 to the present 2014. I wouldn’t say question but perhaps QUESTIONS because it was not on just one occasion that an actor/actress has been denied a well deserving Oscar award. Below are the 10 great actors who never won an Oscar.


#10 Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was one of the biggest box office draws in the Hollywood during the time span of Eighties and Nineties. Those two decades are stretched with striking camera performances from the staggering star. Despite being on the nominations list three times, Tom Cruise has never walked away with the esteemed award.

Known for

Magnolia (1999), Jerry Maguire (1996), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Top Gun (1986), Minority Report (2002), Mission Impossible (1996), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Oblivion (2013), Jack Reacher (2012), Rock of Ages (2012), Knight and Day (2010), Lions of Lamb (2007), War of the Worlds (2005), The Last Samurai (2003)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

41 Wins and 59 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

2000Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Magnolia (1999)
1997Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jerry Maguire (1996)
1990Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

#9 Sigourney Weaver

An actress who has been nominated three times for the prestigious Oscar award, but still has no Oscar to her name. Two of the three nominations came in a single year for the performer, this is something that very few have achieved.

Known for

Working Girl (1988), Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988) Aliens (1986), Vamps (2012), The Cold Light of Day (2012), Red Lights (2012), Rampart (2011), You Again (2010)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

20 Wins and 41 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

1989Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Working Girl (1988)
1987Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Aliens (1986)

#8 Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. career saw him being nominated for two Oscars but surprisingly didn’t win them. Robert Downey Jr. is perhaps overlooked by the Academy because of the years he spent in and out of jail and rehab, battling his drug addiction.

Known for

Chaplin (1992), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 3 (2003), Iron Man 2 (2010), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Tropic Thunder (2008), Zodiac (2007)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

31 Wins and 70 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

2009Nominated
Oscar
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Tropic Thunder (2008)
1993Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Chaplin (1992)

#7 Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer was nominated for the best Actress in a leading role three times during a span of four years, but was denied at all three occasions in defiance of pulling off striking performances in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field and Dangerous Liaisons.

Known for

Scarface (1983), Batman Returns (1992), Dark Shadows (2012), What Lies Beneath (2000), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Love Field (1992), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Russia House (1990), Wolf (1994), One Fine Day (1996)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

25 Wins and 30 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

1993Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Love Field (1992)
1990Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
1989Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

#6 Robert Redford

Robert Redford was denied not only and Oscar for his star stud performance in All Is Lost but also a nomination. However he insisted that he was not upset that he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. During his 50 plus year of acting in front of the camera, this was not the first time that Robert Redford has been rebuffed by the Academy.

Known for

The Sting (1973), All the President’s Men (1976), Out of Africa (1985), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), All Is Lost (2013), The Company you keep (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Lions for Lambs (2007), An Unfinished Life (2005)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

31 Wins and 34 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

2002Won
Honorary Award
Actor, director, producer, creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative …
1995Nominated
Oscar
Best Picture
Quiz Show (1994)

Shared with:

Michael Jacobs
Julian Krainin
Michael NozikBest Director
Quiz Show (1994)1981Won
OscarBest Director
Ordinary People (1980)1974Nominated
OscarBest Actor in a Leading Role
The Sting (1973)


#5 Richard Burton

Its incomprehensive that Richard Burton, one of the greates actors of all time never won an Academy Award despite being nominated seven times. His staggering performances in the classics such as Anne of the Thousand Days and Becket leaves you non-judgemental. The real shock comes when in 1967 he was nominated for the Best Actor in leading role for his camera performances in  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and was denied an Oscar while his movie pictured wife and co-star Elizabeth Taylor was adorned with the Oscar for leading role in the same film.

Known for

Who’s Afriad of Virginia Woolf (1966), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Becket (1964), Equus (1977), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), The Robe (1953), My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

17 Wins and 19 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

1978Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Equus (1977)
1970Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
1967Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1966Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
1965Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Becket (1964)
1954Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Robe (1953)
1953Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
My Cousin Rachel (1952)

#4 Glenn Close

Six time Academy Award nominated Glenn Close was born i…Yes six times. It’s thought provoking how Glenn Close missed it. Three of the nominated Academy Awards came in three subsequent year, that is some consistency.

Known for

Mars Attacks! (1996), Tarzan (1999), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Air Force One (1997), 102 Dalmatians (2000), Cookie’s Fortune (1999), Albert Nobbs (2011), Fatal Attraction (1987), The Natural (1984), The Big Chill (1983), The World According to Garp (1982)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

38 Wins and 71 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

2012Nominated
Oscar
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Albert Nobbs (2011)
1989Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
1988Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Fatal Attraction (1987)
1985Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The Natural (1984)
1984Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The Big Chill (1983)
1983Nominated
Oscar
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The World According to Garp (1982)

 #3 Leonardo DiCaprio

People thought that Leonardo Dicaprio’s fate of not having an Oscar to his name might change after the 2014 Academy Award ceremony, however it didn’t turned out that way and his striking career remained Oscar less. An actor having a highly versatile career and considered by many to be one of the greatest of his generation has four Academy Award nominations to his name has shockingly never walked away with an Oscar, but we know that his time which should have come by now, will come soon.

Known for

Inception (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2014), Titanic (1997), The Departed (2006), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

48 Wins and 118 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

2014Nominated
Oscar
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Shared with:

Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Joey McFarland
Martin Scorsese2007Nominated
OscarBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Blood Diamond (2006)2005Nominated
OscarBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
The Aviator (2004)1994Nominated
OscarBest Actor in a Supporting Role
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)


#2 Johnny Depp

Arguably the most versatile actor in the Hollywood history. His list of dramatically versatile movies in which he has performed and his resilience to pull everything off in a staggering fashion is what makes me picture him saying “Been there done that”. The before mentioned also makes him among the greatest who truly deserve a competitive Oscar (Hands down). May be they should brand an Oscar for the most adaptable actor and Johnny Depp would win it ANYDAY. You can only picture some actors as playing one specific role, for example Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter (No offence meant guys). If he is starring in a sarcastic or horror scripted movie, it will probably be difficult to take it in and it’s due to the fact that you have pictured him as being Harry Potter so many times and that is what you might love about him. While Johnny Depp, you cannot picture him as one, he is a fashioned mystery.

Known for

The Lone Ranger (2013), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), The Tourist (2010), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Public Enemies (2009), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), The Libertine (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), Secret Window (2004), Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), From Hell (2001)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

54 Wins and 80 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

2008Nominated
Oscar
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(2007)
2005Nominated
Oscar
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Finding Neverland (2004)
2004Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl(2003)

 #1 Peter O’Toole

Yes you read it right, Peter O’Toole and you know the title of the list in which this name is in right now. We know it’s implausible that he has been listed.  His greatest accomplishment would be his staggering work in Lawrence of Arabia (1962); a movie which is considered by many to be one of the top greatest movies in the Hollywood history. The actor himself is acclaimed as one of the greatest performers to have stepped in this industry. Peter O’Toole was nominated for the prestigious Oscar award eight times in different movie roles that were spanning across five decades, O’Toole set the record for receiving the most nominations without a win while deserving much better. A record that brings no joy but a thought “What did I miss?” It’s embarrassing on Academy Awards half.

Known for

Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Last Emperor (1987), The Lion in Winter (1968), Becket (1964), My Favourite Year (1982), The Stunt Man (1980), The Ruling Class (1972), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), Venus (2006)

Total Award Wins and Nominations

35 Wins and 38 Nominations

Academy Award Nominations

2007Nominated
Oscar
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Venus (2006)
2003Won
Honorary Award
Whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.
1983Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
My Favorite Year (1982)
1981Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Stunt Man (1980)
1973Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Ruling Class (1972)
1970Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
1969Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Lion in Winter (1968)
1965Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Becket (1964)
1963Nominated
Oscar
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

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