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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
    + 1199
    - 255

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 872
    - 361

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

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 688
    - 216

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

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 606
    - 187

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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 625
    - 257

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

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 484
    - 222

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

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 606
    - 243

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 676
    - 244

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

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 633
    - 166

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

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 657
    - 297

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

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 441
    - 189

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

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 405
    - 169

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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 344
    - 172

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

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 475
    - 251

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

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 351
    - 173

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

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 347
    - 154

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

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 374
    - 249

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 361
    - 160

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

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 286
    - 162

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

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 279
    - 206

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

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 274
    - 181

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

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 231
    - 172

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

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 343
    - 145

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

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 255
    - 173

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

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    + 164
    - 199

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

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  27. 27
    + 231
    - 87

    ranked low on reranks Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 266
    - 153

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

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 170
    - 140

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 324
    - 186

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

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 226
    - 115

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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 203
    - 176

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

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 278
    - 239

    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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  34. 34
    + 273
    - 356

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

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 257
    - 126

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

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 206
    - 152

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

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  37. 37
    + 238
    - 145

    The Sand Pebbles (Nom. Best Actor), The Great Escape, The Reivers

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  38. 38
    + 170
    - 123

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

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  39. 39
    + 201
    - 155

    Apocalypse Now, The Subject Was Roses, Kennedy

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  40. 40
    + 95
    - 125

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

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  41. 41
    + 107
    - 122

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

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 223
    - 159

    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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  43. 43
    + 124
    - 93

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

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  44. 44
    + 154
    - 113

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

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 136
    - 41

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

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 178
    - 143

    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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  47. 47
    + 147
    - 97

    added by sebbzor Pelle the Conqueror (Nom. Best Actor), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ...

    ) open
  48. 48
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    - 204

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

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 109
    - 83

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

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

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