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There are many actresses 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 being on the Academy Awards winners list. Only two actresses per year can win either the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress Oscars, leaving eight other nominees with nothing - and all of the other actresses in the biz out in the cold. 

But does the Academy always get it right? There are plenty of actresses 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. 

Amy Adams, Judy Garland, and Glenn Close 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 actresses who haven't won an Oscar. It's up to you to determine which of these women is the greatest.
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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Glenn Close age 70 - Nominated For: The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs.

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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Michelle Pfeiffer age 59 - Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.

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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Helena Bonham Carter age 51 - Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Sigourney Weaver age 68 - Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.

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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Amy Adams age 43 - Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969) - Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 

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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Lauren Bacall Died at 90 (1924-2014) - Was never nominated, did however receive an Honorary Academy Award, for her career as a whole, in 2009.

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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Annette Bening age 59 - Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Angela Lansbury age 92 - Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Viola Davis age 52 - Nominated For: Doubt, The Help

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Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jessica Chastain age 40 - Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty

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Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Angela Bassett age 59 - Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.

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Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Rita Hayworth Died at 69 (1918-1987) - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Marilyn Monroe Died at 36 (1926-1962) - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Keira Knightley age 32 - Nominated For:  Pride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bette Midler age 72 - Nominated For: The Rose, For the Boys

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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jamie Lee Curtis age 59 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Ava Gardner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ava Gardner Died at 68 (1922-1990) - Nominated For:  Mogambo

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Natalie Wood Died at 43 (1938-1981) - Nominated For: Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without A Cause.

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Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Emily Blunt age 34 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award

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Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Naomi Watts age 49 - Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.

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Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Maureen O'Hara age 97 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Greta Garbo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Greta Garbo Died at 85 (1905-1990) - Nominated For: Anna Christie, Ninotchka, Camille

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Barbara Stanwyck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Barbara Stanwyck Died at 83 (1907-1990) - Nominated For:  Sorry Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Ball of Fire

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Robin Wright age 51 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Scarlett Johansson age 33 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Joan Cusack age 55 - Nominated For: Working Girl, In & Out

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Michelle Williams age 37 - Nominated For: Blue Valentine, Brokeback Mountain, My Week with Marilyn.

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Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Laura Linney age 53 - Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.

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Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Deborah Kerr Died at 86 (1921-2007) - Nominated For: Edward, My Son, From Here to Eternity, The King and I, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, Separate Tables, The Sundowners(Six Nominations, the most ever without winning.)

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Christina Ricci is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Christina Ricci age 37 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Doris Day age 95 - Nominated For: Pillow Talk 

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Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Gena Rowlands age 87 - Nominated For: Gloria

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Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kathleen Turner age 63 - Nominated For: Peggy Sue Got Married

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Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Marlene Dietrich Died at 91 (1901-1992) - Nominated For:  Morocco

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Winona Ryder age 46 - Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jennifer Jason Leigh age 55 - Nominated For: Hateful Eight

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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kirsten Dunst age 35 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Maggie Gyllenhaal age 40 - Nominated For:  Crazy Heart 

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Debbie Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Debbie Reynolds age 85 - Nominated For:  The Unsinkable Molly Brown

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kate Beckinsale age 44 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Toni Collette is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Toni Collette age 45 - Nominated For:  The Sixth Sense

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Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Sharon Stone age 59 - Nominated For: Casino

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Lily Tomlin age 78 - Nominated For: Nashville.

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Carol Burnett age 84 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Janet Leigh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Janet Leigh Died at 77 (1927-2004) - Nominated For: Psycho

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Ashley Judd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ashley Judd age 49 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Cicely Tyson age 84 - Nominated For: Sounder

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Madeline Kahn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Madeline Kahn Died at 57 (1942-1999) - Nominated For: Paper Moon

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Salma Hayek age 51 - Nominated For: Frida