The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    age 68 Nominated For: The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs.

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    age 57 Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.

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    age 49 Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech

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    age 66 Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.

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    age 41 Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle

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    Died at 47 (1922-1969) Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 

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    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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    age 57 Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.

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    age 50 Nominated For: Doubt, The Help

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    age 90 Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    age 38 Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty

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    Died at 69 (1918-1987) Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 57 Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.

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    age 57 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 70 Nominated For: The Rose, For the Boys

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    Died at 36 (1926-1962) Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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    Died at 68 (1922-1990) Nominated For: Mogambo

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    age 30 Nominated For: Pride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game

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    age 27 Nominated For: Birdman

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    age 32 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award

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    age 95 Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 47 Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.

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    Died at 43 (1938-1981) Nominated For: Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without A Cause.

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    Died at 85 (1905-1990) Nominated For: Anna Christie, Ninotchka, Camille

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    Died at 83 (1907-1990) Nominated For: Sorry Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Ball of Fire

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    age 49 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 31 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 53 Nominated For: Working Girl, In & Out

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    age 35 Nominated For: Blue Valentine, Brokeback Mountain, My Week with Marilyn.

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    age 35 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 85 Nominated For: Gloria

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    age 51 Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.

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    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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    age 61 Nominated For: Peggy Sue Got Married

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    age 44 Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.

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    age 38 Nominated For: Crazy Heart 

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    age 91 Nominated For: Pillow Talk 

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    age 43 Nominated For: The Sixth Sense

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    age 53 Nominated For: Hateful Eight

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    Died at 91 (1901-1992) Nominated For: Morocco

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    age 47 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 42 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 57 Nominated For: Casino

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    age 83 Nominated For: The Unsinkable Molly Brown

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    age 33 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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    Died at 77 (1927-2004) Nominated For: Psycho

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    age 82 Nominated For: Sounder

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    age 82 Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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    age 49 Nominated For: Frida

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    age 76 Nominated For: Nashville.

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