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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.

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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1
4,865 918
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Nom. Best Actor), The Contender, Bram Stoker's Dracula

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2
4,622 2,001
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Johnny Depp Finding Neverland (Nom. Best Actor), Sweeney Todd (Nom. Best Actor), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Nom. Best Actor)

3
3,505 1,040
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Edward Norton American History X (Nom. Best Actor), Primal Fear (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Birdman (Nom. Best Supporting Actor)

4
3,450 806
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ian McKellen Gods and Monsters (Nom. Best Actor), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Apt Pupil

5
2,626 965
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The English Patient (Nom. Best Actor), The Grand Budapest Hotel

6
3,243 1,234
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Liam Neeson Schindler's List (Nom. Best Actor), Kinsey, Michael Collins

7
3,506 1,349
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Robert Downey Jr. Chaplin (Nom. Best Actor), Tropic Thunder (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

8
2,904 715
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Alan Rickman Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

9
2,974 1,228
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Harrison Ford Witness (Nom. Best Actor), The Fugitive, Sabrina

10
3,093 1,408
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Brad Pitt Moneyball (Nom. Best Actor), 12 Monkeys (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Nom. Best Actor)

11
3,087 925
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Clint Eastwood Unforgiven (Nom. Best Actor), Million Dollar Baby (Nom. Best Actor), The Good The Bad and the Ugly

12
2,812 1,147
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 Pulp Fiction (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), A Time to Kill, Hard Eight

13
1,670 873
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia (Nom. Best Actor), Goodbye Mr. Chips (Nom. Best Actor), My Favorite Year (Nom. Best Actor)

14
1,868 819
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ed Harris Pollock (Nom. Best Actor), The Truman Show (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Apollo 13 (Nom. Best Supporting Actor)

15
2,322 934
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bill Murray Lost in Translation (Nom. Best Actor), Rushmore, St. Vincent

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16
1,939 1,095
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line (Nom. Best Actor), The Master (Nom. Best Actor), Gladiator (Nom. Best Supporting Actor)

17
2,216 1,046
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Matt Damon Good Will Hunting (Nom. Best Actor), Invictus (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The Talented Mr. Ripley

18
1,639 791
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Donald Sutherland Without Limits, Ordinary People, M*A*S*H

19
1,886 809
Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Willem Dafoe Platoon (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Shadow of the Vampire (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The English Patient

20
1,376 724
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Michael Fassbender 12 Years a Slave (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Shame, Fish Tank

21
1,357 737
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Cary Grant None but the Lonely Heart (Nom. Best Actor), Penny Serenade (Nom. Best Actor), Charade

22
1,717 741
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Steve Buscemi Ghost World, Fargo, Reservoir Dogs

23
1,852 937
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
wiabux added Hugh Jackman Les Miserables (Nom. Best Actor), The Fountain, The Prestige

24
1,468 798
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ewan McGregor Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge!, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

25
1,360 644
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Robert Redford The Sting (Nom. Best Actor), All Is Lost, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

26
1,647 939
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Woody Harrelson The People vs. Larry Flynt (Nom. Best Actor), The Messenger (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Rampart

27
1,216 432
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
ADrago added Charlie Chaplin The Great Dictator (Nom. Best Actor), Modern Times, City Lights

28
1,325 624
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 Fargo (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Seabiscuit, Magnolia

29
1,433 926
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jake Gyllenhaal Brokeback Mountain (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Nightcrawler, Prisoners

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30
1,642 692
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 In the Line of Fire (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Places in the Heart (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Being John Malkovich

31
1,041 733
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Nom. Best Actor), Being There (Nom. Best Actor), The Pink Panther

32
1,097 483
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Gene Wilder The Producers (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Silver Streak

33
951 714
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Richard Harris The Field (Nom. Best Actor), This Sporting Life (Nom. Best Actor), Camelot

34
1,298 834
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Viggo Mortensen Eastern Promises (Nom. Best Actor), A Dangerous Method, The Road

35
1,050 589
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 The Imitation Game (Best Actor), Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Amazing Grace

36
1,259 922
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Mel Gibson Braveheart, Gallipoli, Tim

37
979 537
Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Stanley Tucci The Lovely Bones (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Big Night

38
783 715
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Richard Burton Equus (Nom. Best Actor), Becket (Nom. Best Actor), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Nom. Best Actor)

39
1,286 962
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook (Nom. Best Actor), American Sniper (Nom. Best Actor), American Hustle (Nom. Best Supporting Actor)

40
795 763
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kenneth Branagh Henry V (Nom. Best Actor), My Week with Marilyn (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Hamlet

41
900 621
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Harvey Keitel Bugsy (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Taxi Driver, From Dusk Till Dawn

42
1,038 706
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kevin Bacon The River Wild, Murder in the First, The Woodsman

43
890 549
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Steve McQueen The Sand Pebbles (Nom. Best Actor), The Great Escape, The Reivers

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44
816 660
James Dean is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
James Dean East of Eden (Nom. Best Actor), Giant (Nom. Best Actor), Rebel Without a Cause

45
1,414 1,071
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense, In Country

46
939 846
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ryan Gosling Half Nelson (Nom. Best Actor), Blue Valentine, Lars and the Real Girl

47
1,285 1,143
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Will Smith Ali (Nom. Best Actor), The Pursuit of Happyness (Nom. Best Actor), I Am Legend

48
798 693
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
James Caan The Godfather (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), The Gambler, Funny Lady

49
798 555
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Paul Giamatti Cinderella Man (Nom. Best Supporting Actor), Sideways, American Splendor

50
840 665
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
John Cusack Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank