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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    - 1,269

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

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  3. 3
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    - 679


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

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  4. 4
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    - 576


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

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    - 697


    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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  9. 9
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    Moneyball (Nom. Best Actor), 12 Monkeys (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The ...

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  10. 10
    + 1,802
    - 520


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

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  11. 11
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    - 620


    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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  13. 13
    + 1,674
    - 639


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

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  14. 14
    + 1,568
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    Good Will Hunting (Nom. Best Actor), Invictus (Nom. Best Supporting ...

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

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    - 585


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

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  17. 17
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    - 609


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

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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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    + 1,185
    - 518


    Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

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    + 1,025
    - 562


    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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

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

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

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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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    - 521


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

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    - 262

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

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    - 611


    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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    + 718
    - 545


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

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    - 311

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

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    - 795


    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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    + 775
    - 480


    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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    - 377

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

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    - 977


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

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    - 366


    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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    + 590
    - 460


    Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank

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    + 591
    - 491


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

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    + 542
    - 527


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

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    + 615
    - 443


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

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    - 450


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

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    - 818


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

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    - 456


    Moon, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Lawn Dogs

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    - 384


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

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