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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Nom. Best Actor), The Contender, Bram Stoker's ...

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    - 1,413

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Finding Neverland (Nom. Best Actor), Sweeney Todd (Nom. Best Actor), ...

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  3. 3
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    - 747


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

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  4. 4
    + 2,573
    - 637


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

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  5. 5
    + 1,904
    - 759


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

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  6. 6
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    - 967


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

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  7. 7
    + 2,783
    - 1,025


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

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  8. 8
    + 1,993
    - 572


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

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  9. 9
    + 2,515
    - 1,056


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

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  10. 10
    + 2,324
    - 944


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

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  11. 11
    + 2,453
    - 687


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

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  12. 12
    + 2,134
    - 918


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

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  13. 13
    + 1,794
    - 698


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

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  14. 14
    + 1,274
    - 674


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

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  15. 15
    + 1,691
    - 788


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

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  16. 16
    + 1,425
    - 631


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

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    + 1,492
    - 852

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Walk the Line (Nom. Best Actor), The Master (Nom. Best Actor), Gladiator ...

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    + 1,442
    - 644


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

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  19. 19
    + 1,201
    - 612


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

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  20. 20
    + 979
    - 521


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

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    + 1,292
    - 563


    Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

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    + 1,006
    - 585


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

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    + 1,095
    - 618


    Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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    + 1,426
    - 732

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

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    + 960
    - 468


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

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    + 1,268
    - 754


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

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  27. 27
    + 972
    - 470


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

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  28. 28
    + 1,055
    - 722

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

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    + 851
    - 307

    added by ADrago
    The Great Dictator (Nom. Best Actor), Modern Times, City Lights

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    + 1,250
    - 546

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

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    + 992
    - 682


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

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  32. 32
    + 769
    - 601


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

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  33. 33
    + 1,034
    - 726


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

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  34. 34
    + 956
    - 679


    Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

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    + 742
    - 568


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

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    + 751
    - 354

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

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  37. 37
    + 594
    - 569

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

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  38. 38
    + 681
    - 411


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

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    + 729
    - 427

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

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  40. 40
    + 819
    - 536


    The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

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    + 1,173
    - 857


    The Sixth Sense, In Country

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    + 631
    - 504


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

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    + 583
    - 620

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

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    + 1,029
    - 1,076


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

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  45. 45
    + 630
    - 539


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

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    + 635
    - 507


    Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank

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    + 661
    - 485


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

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    + 648
    - 433


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

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  49. 49
    + 1,016
    - 888


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

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    + 571
    - 426


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

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