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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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    most listed
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Nom. Best Actor), The Contender, Bram Stoker's ...

    ) open
  2. 2
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    - 325

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

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  3. 3
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    - 443

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

    ) open
  4. 4
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    - 275

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

    ) open
  5. 5
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    - 235

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

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

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

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

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

    ) open
  10. 10
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    Witness (Nom. Best Actor), The Fugitive, Sabrina

    ) open
  11. 11
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    Unforgiven (Nom. Best Actor), Million Dollar Baby (Nom. Best Actor), The ...

    ) open
  12. 12
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    Pollock (Nom. Best Actor), The Truman Show (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), ...

    ) open
  13. 13
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    Lawrence of Arabia (Nom. Best Actor), Goodbye Mr. Chips (Nom. Best Actor), ...

    ) open
  14. 14
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    Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    ) open
  15. 15
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    Pulp Fiction (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), A Time to Kill, Hard Eight

    ) open
  16. 16
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    Without Limits, Ordinary People, M*A*S*H

    ) open
  17. 17
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    Platoon (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Shadow of the Vampire (Nom. Best ...

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

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

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

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  21. 21
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    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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

    ) open
  23. 23
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Nom.

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  24. 24
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    The Field (Nom. Best Actor), This Sporting Life (Nom. Best Actor), Camelot ...

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

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks
    Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

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    + 215
    - 175

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

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  30. 30
    + 258
    - 205

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

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  31. 31
    + 405
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    ranked low on reranks
    Good Will Hunting (Nom. Best Actor), Invictus (Nom. Best Supporting ...

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

    ) open
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    - 155

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

    ) open
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    + 319
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Sting (Nom. Best Actor), All Is Lost, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance ...

    ) open
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    + 196
    - 118

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

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    ranked low on reranks
    Fargo (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Seabiscuit, Magnolia

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

    ) open
  38. 38
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    - 183

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

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  39. 39
    + 344
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    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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  40. 40
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Moon, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Lawn Dogs

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

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

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

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

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

    ) open
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    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cold Mountain (Nom. Best Actor), The Talented Mr. Ripley (Nom. Best ...

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

    ) open
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    - 157

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

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    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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