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List Rules 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. Other top actors without Oscars include Liam Neeson, Robert Downey, Jr.. Matt Damon, Joaquin Phoenix, and Michael Fassbender. This list of Hollywood celebrities who have no Academy Awards also includes black actors, like Will Smith, 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. It's up to you to determine which of these men is the greatest.

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
voting closed at #1 Gary Oldman age 60 - WON for Darkest Hour; Nominated for: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Johnny Depp age 55 - Nominated for: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Edward Norton age 49 - Nominated for: Primal Fear, American History X, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ian McKellen age 79 - Nominated for: Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ralph Fiennes age 56 - Nominated for: Schindler's List, The English Patient

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Liam Neeson age 66 - Nominated for: Schindler's List

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Alan Rickman age 72 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award. 

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Robert Downey Jr. age 53 - Nominated for: Chaplin, Tropic Thunder

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Harrison Ford age 76 - Nominated for: Witness

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Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Brad Pitt age 55 - Nominated for: 12 Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moneyball

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Clint Eastwood age 88 - Nominated for: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby

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Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Samuel L. Jackson age 70 - Nominated for: Pulp Fiction

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Matt Damon age 48 - Nominated for: Good Will Hunting, Invictus, The Martian

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Peter O'Toole Died at 81 (1932-2013) - Nominated for: Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, My Favorite Year, Venus

The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bill Murray age 68 - Nominated for: Lost in Translation

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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ed Harris age 68 - Nominated for: Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock, The Hours

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Joaquin Phoenix age 44 - Nominated for: Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master

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Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Donald Sutherland age 83 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Willem Dafoe age 62 - Nominated for: Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire, The Florida Project

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Cary Grant Died at 82 (1904-1986) - Nominated for: Penny Serenade, None But the Lonely Heart

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
wiabux added Hugh Jackman age 50 - Nominated for: Les Misérables

Celebrities Nobody Cares About Anymore

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Michael Fassbender age 41 - Nominated for: 12 Years a Slave, Steve Jobs

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Steve Buscemi age 61 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award

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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Woody Harrelson age 57 - Nominated for: The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Messenger, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Robert Redford age 81 - Nominated for: The Sting

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ewan McGregor age 47 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jake Gyllenhaal age 38 - Nominated for: Brokeback Mountain

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William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
William H. Macy age 68 - Nominated for: Fargo

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

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
ADrago added Charlie Chaplin Died at 88 (1889-1977) - Nominated for: The Great Dictator

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John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
wiabux added John Malkovich age 65 - Nominated for: Places in the Heart, In the Line of Fire

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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Viggo Mortensen age 60 - Nominated for: Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Gene Wilder age 84 - Nominated for: The Producers

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Peter Sellers Died at 55 (1925-1980) - Nominated for: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Being There

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Richard Harris Died at 72 (1930-2002) - Nominated for: This Sporting Life, The Field

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
sebbzor added Benedict Cumberbatch age 42 - Nominated for: The Imitation Game

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Stanley Tucci age 58 - Nominated for: The Lovely Bones

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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Richard Burton Died at 59 (1925-1984) - Nominated for: My Cousin Rachel, The Robe, Becket, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Anne of the Thousand Days, Equus

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Mel Gibson age 62 - Never nominated

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Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ryan Gosling age 38 - Nominated for: Half Nelson, La La Land

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bradley Cooper age 43 - Nominated for: Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper

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Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kenneth Branagh age 58 - Nominated for: Henry V, My Week with Marilyn

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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
RadoslavaSivkova added James McAvoy age 39 - Never nominated

The Worst A-List Hollywood Actors

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Will Smith age 50 - Nominated for: Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Paul Giamatti age 51 - Nominated for: Cinderella Man

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Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kevin Bacon age 60 - Never nominated

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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bruce Willis age 63 - Never nominated

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Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Harvey Keitel age 78 - Nominated for: Bugsy

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jim Carrey age 56 - Never nominated

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
RadoslavaSivkova added Tom Hardy age 40 - Nominated for: The Revenant

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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
James Caan age 78 - Nominated for: The Godfather