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The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

There are many actors who haven't won an Oscar. For 95 percent of the acting population, there is probably a good reason they haven't taken home one of film's most prestigious honors. Only two actors per year can win either the Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor Oscars, leaving eight other nominees with nothing. And all of the other actors in the biz out in the cold.

But does the Academy always get it right? There are plenty of actors who haven't won an Oscar despite the fact that they’ve turned in amazing performances. Whether it’s due to stellar competition, bad luck, or an out-and-out snub, some artists have never gotten the recognition they deserve.

Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are all big draws at the box office who haven't received the same respect of the Academy that they have from audiences. While they've all been nominated for Oscars, they've never taken home the big prize.

There are a surprising number of big name actors who haven't won an Oscar. It's up to you to determine which of these men is the greatest.

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  1. 1
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    most listed
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Nom. Best Actor), The Contender, Bram Stoker's ...

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 1274
    - 278


    The Aviator (Nom. Best Actor), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Nom. Best ...

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 934
    - 387

    the people's #1
    Finding Neverland (Nom. Best Actor), Sweeney Todd (Nom. Best Actor), ...

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 733
    - 239


    American History X (Nom. Best Actor), Primal Fear (Nom. Best Supporting ...

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 649
    - 203


    Gods and Monsters (Nom. Best Actor), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship ...

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 660
    - 282


    Schindler's List (Nom. Best Actor), Kinsey, Michael Collins

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 519
    - 240


    Schindler's List (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The English Patient (Nom.

    ) open
  8. 8
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    - 264


    Chaplin (Nom. Best Actor), Tropic Thunder (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), ...

    ) open
  9. 9
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    - 263


    Witness (Nom. Best Actor), The Fugitive, Sabrina

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 670
    - 181


    Unforgiven (Nom. Best Actor), Million Dollar Baby (Nom. Best Actor), The ...

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 699
    - 319


    Moneyball (Nom. Best Actor), 12 Monkeys (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The ...

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 430
    - 185


    Pollock (Nom. Best Actor), The Truman Show (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), ...

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 466
    - 205


    Lawrence of Arabia (Nom. Best Actor), Goodbye Mr. Chips (Nom. Best Actor), ...

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 381
    - 162


    Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 503
    - 271


    Pulp Fiction (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), A Time to Kill, Hard Eight

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 367
    - 181


    Without Limits, Ordinary People, M*A*S*H

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 371
    - 190


    Platoon (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Shadow of the Vampire (Nom. Best ...

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 400
    - 264


    Walk the Line (Nom. Best Actor), The Master (Nom. Best Actor), Gladiator ...

    ) open
  19. 19
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    - 178


    Lost in Translation (Nom. Best Actor), Rushmore, St. Vincent

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 300
    - 179


    None but the Lonely Heart (Nom. Best Actor), Penny Serenade (Nom. Best ...

    ) open
  21. 21
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    Eastern Promises (Nom. Best Actor), A Dangerous Method, The Road

    ) open
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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    In the Line of Fire (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Places in the Heart ...

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 294
    - 200


    The People vs. Larry Flynt (Nom. Best Actor), The Messenger (Nom. Best ...

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 252
    - 172


    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 244
    - 185


    The Field (Nom. Best Actor), This Sporting Life (Nom. Best Actor), Camelot ...

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 268
    - 192


    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Nom.

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  27. 27
    + 301
    - 173

    added by wiabux
    Les Miserables (Nom. Best Actor), The Fountain, The Prestige

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 177
    - 209

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Henry V (Nom. Best Actor), My Week with Marilyn (Nom. Best Supporting ...

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 250
    - 108

    ranked low on reranks
    Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 350
    - 204


    Good Will Hunting (Nom. Best Actor), Invictus (Nom. Best Supporting ...

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 189
    - 153

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Godfather (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The Gambler, Funny Lady

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 240
    - 129

    ranked low on reranks
    Fargo (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Seabiscuit, Magnolia

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 216
    - 187


    Equus (Nom. Best Actor), Becket (Nom. Best Actor), Who's Afraid of ...

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 274
    - 135

    ranked low on reranks
    The Sting (Nom. Best Actor), All Is Lost, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance ...

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 301
    - 254


    The Sixth Sense, In Country

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 295
    - 372

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Maguire (Nom. Best Actor), Born on the Fourth of July (Nom. Best ...

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 150
    - 101


    12 Years a Slave (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Shame, Fish Tank

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 216
    - 160


    Bugsy (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Taxi Driver, From Dusk Till Dawn

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 250
    - 152

    ranked low on reranks
    The Sand Pebbles (Nom. Best Actor), The Great Escape, The Reivers

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 103
    - 137

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Moon, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Lawn Dogs

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 126
    - 87


    The Lovely Bones (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Big Night

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 215
    - 164


    Apocalypse Now, The Subject Was Roses, Kennedy

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 180
    - 133


    Citizen Kane (Nom. Best Actor), Butterfly, Compulsion

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 160
    - 46

    ranked low on reranks & added by ADrago
    The Great Dictator (Nom. Best Actor), Modern Times, City Lights

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 137
    - 129


    Brokeback Mountain (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Nightcrawler, Prisoners ...

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 193
    - 155


    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

    ) open
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    + 165
    - 123


    East of Eden (Nom. Best Actor), Giant (Nom. Best Actor), Rebel Without a ...

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 165
    - 100


    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 111
    - 135

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    A Star Is Born (Nom. Best Actor), The Verdict (Nom. Best Supporting ...

    ) open
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    + 198
    - 215


    Cold Mountain (Nom. Best Actor), The Talented Mr. Ripley (Nom. Best ...

    ) open
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