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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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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 Gary Oldman age 60 - WON for Darkest Hour; Nominated for: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

2
4,301 1,310
Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 2 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)

3
5,518 2,570
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Johnny Depp age 54 - Nominated for: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

4
4,316 963
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

5
3,228 1,180
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

6
3,918 1,500
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

7
3,778 878
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Alan Rickman age 71 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award. 

8
4,251 1,676
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

9
3,628 1,477
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

10
3,753 1,700
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

11
3,725 1,143
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

12
3,502 1,377
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 69 - Nominated for: Pulp Fiction

13
2,786 1,314
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Matt Damon age 47 - Nominated for: Good Will Hunting, Invictus, The Martian

14
2,818 1,155
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bill Murray age 68 - Nominated for: Lost in Translation

14 Celebrities Who Are Heirs

15
2,043 1,073
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
2,280 1,013
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

17
2,385 1,336
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

18
2,082 970
Donald Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Donald Sutherland age 82 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award

19
2,383 957
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

20
1,671 903
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

21
1,752 944
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 21 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

The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

22
2,358 1,118
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
wiabux added Hugh Jackman age 50 - Nominated for: Les Misérables

23
2,113 907
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Steve Buscemi age 60 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award

24
2,115 1,081
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

25
1,806 971
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
1,679 817
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Robert Redford age 81 - Nominated for: The Sting

27
1,636 787
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
William H. Macy age 67 - Nominated for: Fargo

28
1,983 830
John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 28 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

All the 2018 Oscar Nominees for Best Actress, Ranked

29
1,773 1,129
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jake Gyllenhaal age 37 - Nominated for: Brokeback Mountain

30
1,481 596
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
1,414 613
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Gene Wilder age 84 - Nominated for: The Producers

32
1,543 990
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Viggo Mortensen age 60 - Nominated for: Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic

33
1,224 886
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

34
1,121 860
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

35
1,372 767
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

The Best Johnny Depp Movies

36
1,243 681
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

37
935 863
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

38
1,534 1,142
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Mel Gibson age 61 - Never nominated

39
1,528 1,147
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bradley Cooper age 42 - Nominated for: Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper

40
1,217 1,005
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Ryan Gosling age 37 - Nominated for: Half Nelson, La La Land

41
977 900
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

42
1,606 1,331
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 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

The Worst Movies of 2018

43
1,253 853
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kevin Bacon age 60 - Never nominated

44
1,012 632
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
RadoslavaSivkova added James McAvoy age 38 - Never nominated

45
1,634 1,275
Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Bruce Willis age 63 - Never nominated

46
1,069 758
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Harvey Keitel age 78 - Nominated for: Bugsy

47
1,020 678
Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Paul Giamatti age 51 - Nominated for: Cinderella Man

48
953 825
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
James Caan age 77 - Nominated for: The Godfather

49
1,054 682
Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Steve McQueen Died at 50 (1930-1980) - Nominated for: The Sand Pebbles

50
1,278 1,133
Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jim Carrey age 55 - Never nominated