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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    - 1,188


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

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    - 636


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

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    - 541


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

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    + 1,608
    - 659


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

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    - 842


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

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    - 878


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

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    - 801


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

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  9. 9
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    - 912


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

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  10. 10
    + 1,654
    - 488


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

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    - 581


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

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  12. 12
    + 1,849
    - 820


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

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    - 664


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

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  14. 14
    + 1,278
    - 540


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

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  15. 15
    + 1,569
    - 594


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

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    - 738


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

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    + 1,241
    - 554


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

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    + 1,108
    - 573


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

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    + 1,046
    - 520


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

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    + 964
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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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    - 424


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

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

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    + 1,117
    - 650


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

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    + 852
    - 509


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

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    + 820
    - 389


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

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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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    - 590


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

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    - 614


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

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    - 383


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

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    + 913
    - 612


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

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    + 654
    - 487


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

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    - 739


    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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    + 725
    - 439


    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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    + 825
    - 557


    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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    - 918

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

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    + 632
    - 279

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

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    - 342

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

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    - 516

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

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    - 235

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

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    - 541

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

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    + 577
    - 337

    ranked low on reranks
    The Lovely Bones (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Big Night

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Equus (Nom. Best Actor), Becket (Nom. Best Actor), Who's Afraid of ...

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    + 579
    - 414


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

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    + 572
    - 409


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

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    + 548
    - 417


    Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank

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    + 898
    - 774


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

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    + 552
    - 461


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

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    + 495
    - 355


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

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

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