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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
    + 1135
    - 241

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 826
    - 349

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

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 655
    - 207

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

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 572
    - 177

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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 599
    - 244

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

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 461
    - 208

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

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 633
    - 234

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 571
    - 237

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

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 606
    - 155

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

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 622
    - 288

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

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 424
    - 175

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

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 387
    - 158

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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 453
    - 243

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

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 326
    - 143

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

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 329
    - 162

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

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 328
    - 166

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

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 360
    - 237

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

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 262
    - 196

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

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 336
    - 155

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

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 273
    - 151

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

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 328
    - 139

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

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 255
    - 176

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

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 225
    - 160

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

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 245
    - 164

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

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  26. 26
    + 158
    - 188

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

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  27. 27
    + 215
    - 80

    ranked low on reranks Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 239
    - 147

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

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 197
    - 165

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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 216
    - 109

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

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  31. 31
    + 300
    - 184

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

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 257
    - 341

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

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 158
    - 132

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

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 256
    - 232

    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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  35. 35
    + 195
    - 143

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

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  36. 36
    + 230
    - 136

    ranked low on reranks The Sand Pebbles (Nom. Best Actor), The Great Escape, The Reivers

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  37. 37
    + 247
    - 119

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

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 191
    - 150

    Apocalypse Now, The Subject Was Roses, Kennedy

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  39. 39
    + 88
    - 116

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

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 141
    - 90

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

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  41. 41
    + 205
    - 154

    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 143
    - 105

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

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 166
    - 135

    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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  44. 44
    + 121
    - 33

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

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 172
    - 198

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

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 162
    - 116

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

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  47. 47
    + 202
    - 223

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

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 119
    - 124

    Lawrence of Arabia (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Doctor Zhivago, Monsieur ...

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  49. 49
    + 130
    - 124

    Silkwood, Executive Decision, Tombstone

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  50. 50
    + 99
    - 88

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

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