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.
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. Of course, some actors - like the great shapeshifter Gary Oldman - do finally get recognized after years without even a nomination, let alone a win.
Johnny Depp and Edward Norton 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. Other top actors without acting Oscars include Liam Neeson, Robert Downey, Jr.. Matt Damon, and Michael Fassbender. This list of Hollywood celebrities who have no Academy Awards also includes Black actors, like Samuel L. Jackson, and famous classic stars, like Peter O'Toole and Cary Grant. How these people never won an Oscar will always be a mystery!
There are a surprising number of big name actors who haven't won an Oscar. Vote up the actors you think should've taken home the trophy below. Then check back to see if your favorites topped the list!
Alan Rickman was never nominated for an Academy Award.
Nominated for: Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Nominated for: Pulp Fiction
He earned an Honorary Award for his life's work in 2022.
Nominated for: Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Nominated for: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby