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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.

list ordered by

1
5,598 1,038
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 age 60 -

WON for Darkest Hour; Nominated for: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

2
6,779 2,987
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 55 -

Nominated for: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

3
4,946 1,646
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 49 -

Nominated for: Primal Fear, American History X, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

4
5,030 1,175
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 79 -

Nominated for: Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

5
3,735 1,419
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 56 -

Nominated for: Schindler's List, The English Patient

6
4,524 1,086
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 72 -

Was never nominated for an Academy Award. 

7
4,615 1,787
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 66 -

Nominated for: Schindler's List

8
5,165 1,965
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 53 -

Nominated for: Chaplin, Tropic Thunder

9
4,313 1,750
Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 76 -

Nominated for: Witness

10
4,506 2,022
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 55 -

Nominated for: 12 Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moneyball

11
4,418 1,376
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 88 -

Nominated for: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby

12
4,253 1,632
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 70 -

Nominated for: Pulp Fiction

13
3,432 1,591
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 48 -

Nominated for: Good Will Hunting, Invictus, The Martian

14
3,258 1,421
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 68 -

Nominated for: Lost in Translation

15
2,711 1,172
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 68 -

Nominated for: Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock, The Hours

16
2,328 1,276
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
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

17
2,836 1,561
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 44 -

Nominated for: Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master

18
2,510 1,137
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 83 -

Was never nominated for an Academy Award

19
2,773 1,119
Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 63 -

Nominated for: Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire, The Florida Project

20
2,889 1,300
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
wiabux added age 50 -

Nominated for: Les Misérables

21
1,932 1,071
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 82 (1904-1986) -

Nominated for: Penny Serenade, None But the Lonely Heart

22
2,065 1,146
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 41 -

Nominated for: 12 Years a Slave, Steve Jobs

23
2,447 1,106
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 61 -

Was never nominated for an Academy Award

24
2,565 1,237
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 57 -

Nominated for: The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Messenger, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

25
2,088 1,133
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 47 -

Was never nominated for an Academy Award

26
1,980 979
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 82 -

Nominated for: The Sting

27
2,156 1,305
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 38 -

Nominated for: Brokeback Mountain

28
1,917 933
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 68 -

Nominated for: Fargo

29
1,797 734
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
ADrago added Died at 88 (1889-1977) -

Nominated for: The Great Dictator

30
2,242 974
John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
wiabux added age 65 -

Nominated for: Places in the Heart, In the Line of Fire

31
1,761 1,132
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 -

Nominated for: Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic

32
1,680 754
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 85 -

Nominated for: The Producers

33
1,809 911
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
sebbzor added age 42 -

Nominated for: The Imitation Game

34
1,359 1,040
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 55 (1925-1980) -

Nominated for: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Being There

35
1,270 989
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 72 (1930-2002) -

Nominated for: This Sporting Life, The Field

36
1,470 807
Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 58 -

Nominated for: The Lovely Bones

37
1,084 999
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
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

38
1,838 1,333
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 62 -

Never nominated

39
1,847 1,302
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 43 -

Nominated for: Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper

40
1,512 1,173
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 38 -

Nominated for: Half Nelson, La La Land

41
1,258 775
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
RadoslavaSivkova added age 39 -

Never nominated

42
1,123 1,027
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 58 -

Nominated for: Henry V, My Week with Marilyn

43
1,472 973
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 -

Never nominated

44
1,993 1,537
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 50 -

Nominated for: Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness

45
1,338 811
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
RadoslavaSivkova added age 41 -

Nominated for: The Revenant

46
1,591 1,307
Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 56 -

Never nominated

47
1,890 1,435
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 63 -

Never nominated

48
1,332 924
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 51 -

Nominated for: The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher, Spotlight

49
1,086 949
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 78 -

Nominated for: The Godfather

50
1,182 821
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 51 -

Nominated for: Cinderella Man