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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.

The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting) People In Film
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Nom. Best Actor), The Contender, Bram Stoker's ...

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  2. 2
    + 4055
    - 768


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

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  3. 3
    + 3086
    - 1067


    Finding Neverland (Nom. Best Actor), Sweeney Todd (Nom. Best Actor), ...

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  4. 4
    + 2081
    - 558


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

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  5. 5
    + 1982
    - 481


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

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  6. 6
    + 1990
    - 761


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

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    + 1387
    - 597


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

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  8. 8
    + 2271
    - 774


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

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  9. 9
    + 1857
    - 713


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

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  10. 10
    + 2043
    - 821


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

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  11. 11
    + 1960
    - 526

    ranked low on reranks
    Unforgiven (Nom. Best Actor), Million Dollar Baby (Nom. Best Actor), The ...

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  12. 12
    + 1372
    - 457


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

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  13. 13
    + 1632
    - 740


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

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  14. 14
    + 1391
    - 514


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

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  15. 15
    + 1107
    - 501


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

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    - 476


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

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  17. 17
    + 1140
    - 671


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

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    + 1249
    - 591


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

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    + 974
    - 524


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

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  20. 20
    + 927
    - 461


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

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    + 1152
    - 554

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

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  22. 22
    + 837
    - 458


    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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  23. 23
    + 946
    - 437


    Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

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    + 672
    - 363


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

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    + 992
    - 572


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

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    + 969
    - 419

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

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    + 746
    - 457


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

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  28. 28
    + 754
    - 534


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

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  29. 29
    + 711
    - 335

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

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  30. 30
    + 803
    - 539


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

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    + 810
    - 526


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

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    + 714
    - 338


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

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  33. 33
    + 837
    - 805

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Jerry Maguire (Nom. Best Actor), Born on the Fourth of July (Nom. Best ...

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    + 963
    - 652


    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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    + 716
    - 489


    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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    + 635
    - 373


    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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    + 586
    - 468


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

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    + 577
    - 441


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

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    + 488
    - 409

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    The Godfather (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The Gambler, Funny Lady

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  40. 40
    + 795
    - 686

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Ali (Nom. Best Actor), The Pursuit of Happyness (Nom. Best Actor), I Am ...

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    + 529
    - 237

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

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  42. 42
    + 482
    - 296


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

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    + 599
    - 203

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

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    + 496
    - 290

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

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  45. 45
    + 454
    - 444


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

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  46. 46
    + 437
    - 495

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Henry V (Nom. Best Actor), My Week with Marilyn (Nom. Best Supporting ...

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    + 718
    - 615


    The Departed (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Boogie Nights, I Heart ...

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  48. 48
    + 472
    - 375


    Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank

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    + 437
    - 320


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

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    + 512
    - 363


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

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