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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    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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    - 522


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

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    - 815


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

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

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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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  10. 10
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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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    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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    Platoon (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Shadow of the Vampire (Nom. Best ...

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

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

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

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

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

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    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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

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    Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

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    + 766
    - 407


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

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    + 1088
    - 628


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

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    - 498


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

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

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    - 379


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

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    - 577


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

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    - 374


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

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    + 890
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    Silver Linings Playbook (Nom. Best Actor), American Sniper (Nom. Best ...

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    + 1041
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    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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    - 540


    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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

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    - 476


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

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

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

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    - 327

    ranked low on reranks
    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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    - 328

    ranked low on reranks & added by sebbzor
    The Imitation Game (Best Actor), Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Amazing Grace ...

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

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

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

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    - 397


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

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    Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank

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    - 628


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

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    - 482


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

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    - 406


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

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    Moon, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Lawn Dogs

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