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

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    Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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    Johnny Depp 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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    Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


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

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    Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


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

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

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

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

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    Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


    Samuel L. Jackson 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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    Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


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

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    Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


    Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia (Nom. Best Actor), Goodbye Mr. Chips (Nom. Best Actor), ...

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    Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


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

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

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

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

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    Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


    Steve Buscemi Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

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

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    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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    Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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

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

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    Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


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

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    Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


    Mel Gibson Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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    Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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

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    Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


    Kevin Bacon The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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    The Producers (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Willy Wonka & the ...

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

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    Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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

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

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

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

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    Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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    Kenneth Branagh Henry V (Nom. Best Actor), My Week with Marilyn (Nom. Best Supporting ...

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

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    Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


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

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

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    John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


    John Cusack Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank

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    Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)


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

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

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

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