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

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List Criteria: Vote up the male actors who have never been awarded the Oscar for Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor.

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

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    - 1,376

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

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  3. 3
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    - 733


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

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    - 624


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

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    - 747


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

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

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

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  8. 8
    + 1,957
    - 557


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

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  9. 9
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    - 1,034


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

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  10. 10
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    - 922


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

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  11. 11
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    - 671


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

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  12. 12
    + 2,099
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    Pulp Fiction (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), A Time to Kill, Hard Eight

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  13. 13
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    Lost in Translation (Nom. Best Actor), Rushmore, St. Vincent

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  14. 14
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    Lawrence of Arabia (Nom. Best Actor), Goodbye Mr. Chips (Nom. Best Actor), ...

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  15. 15
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    - 766


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

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

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    - 622


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

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

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  19. 19
    + 1,181
    - 597


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

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

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    Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

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    + 1,076
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    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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

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

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    Fargo (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Seabiscuit, Magnolia

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

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    - 458


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

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    - 534

    added by wiabux
    In the Line of Fire (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Places in the Heart ...

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    - 703


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

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    The Great Dictator (Nom. Best Actor), Modern Times, City Lights

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

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    + 757
    - 585


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

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    + 1,021
    - 707


    Silver Linings Playbook (Nom. Best Actor), American Sniper (Nom. Best ...

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    + 933
    - 660


    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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    + 735
    - 553


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

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    - 396


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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Equus (Nom. Best Actor), Becket (Nom. Best Actor), Who's Afraid of ...

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    + 736
    - 345

    ranked low on reranks
    The Producers (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Willy Wonka & the ...

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  39. 39
    + 808
    - 522


    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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    - 839


    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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    - 417

    added by sebbzor
    The Imitation Game (Best Actor), Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Amazing Grace ...

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    - 1,048


    Jerry Maguire (Nom. Best Actor), Born on the Fourth of July (Nom. Best ...

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

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    + 618
    - 527


    The Godfather (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The Gambler, Funny Lady

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    - 489


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

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    - 473


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

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    + 623
    - 498


    Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank

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    - 869


    Ali (Nom. Best Actor), The Pursuit of Happyness (Nom. Best Actor), I Am ...

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    - 411


    Cinderella Man (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Sideways, American Splendor ...

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

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