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

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

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

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

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

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    - 533


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

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

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

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

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

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  9. 9
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    Witness (Nom. Best Actor), The Fugitive, Sabrina

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  10. 10
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    - 483


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

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    - 576


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

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

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

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

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  15. 15
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    Lost in Translation (Nom. Best Actor), Rushmore, St. Vincent

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

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

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

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

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    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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    Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

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

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

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

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    + 808
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    Fargo (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Seabiscuit, Magnolia

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

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

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    - 605


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

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

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    - 379


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

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    + 902
    - 601


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

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    + 1051
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    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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    + 643
    - 483


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

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    + 715
    - 432


    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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    - 549


    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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

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    - 274

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Nom.

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

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

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    - 333


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

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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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    - 405


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

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

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

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    - 457


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

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    + 570
    - 410


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

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    + 543
    - 411


    Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank

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    + 683
    - 635


    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Man on the Moon, The Truman Show ...

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    Half Nelson (Nom. Best Actor), Blue Valentine, Lars and the Real Girl

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