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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 age 60 -

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

2
7,208 3,120
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
5,148 1,746
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
5,230 1,256
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
3,884 1,497
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
4,776 1,143
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
5,429 2,040
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 53 -

Nominated for: Chaplin, Tropic Thunder

8
4,797 1,921
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 66 -

Nominated for: Schindler's List

9
4,506 1,869
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
4,724 2,162
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
4,621 1,488
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
4,480 1,737
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
3,614 1,709
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
2,871 1,228
Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
3,384 1,540
Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 68 -

Nominated for: Lost in Translation

16
2,977 1,670
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 44 -

Nominated for: Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master

17
2,438 1,362
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. 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

18
2,626 1,229
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
2,941 1,163
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
2,063 1,109
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986) -

Nominated for: Penny Serenade, None But the Lonely Heart

21
3,042 1,354
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
wiabux added age 50 -

Nominated for: Les Misérables

22
2,750 1,273
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
2,171 1,236
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 41 -

Nominated for: 12 Years a Slave, Steve Jobs

24
2,548 1,191
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 61 -

Was never nominated for an Academy Award

25
2,121 1,019
Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 82 -

Nominated for: The Sting

26
2,165 1,208
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 47 -

Was never nominated for an Academy Award

27
2,284 1,357
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
1,956 769
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
ADrago added Dec. at 88 (1889-1977) -

Nominated for: The Great Dictator

29
2,007 974
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 68 -

Nominated for: Fargo

30
1,969 958
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
sebbzor added age 42 -

Nominated for: The Imitation Game

31
2,328 1,022
John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
1,864 1,166
Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 -

Nominated for: Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic

33
1,760 823
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 85 -

Nominated for: The Producers

34
1,416 1,104
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 55 (1925-1980) -

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

35
1,322 1,050
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 72 (1930-2002) -

Nominated for: This Sporting Life, The Field

36
1,540 864
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
1,946 1,385
Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 62 -

Never nominated

38
1,962 1,348
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
1,140 1,042
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. 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

40
1,339 832
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
RadoslavaSivkova added age 39 -

Never nominated

41
1,604 1,239
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 38 -

Nominated for: Half Nelson, La La Land

42
1,170 1,083
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
1,542 1,006
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
2,088 1,622
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
1,272 905
Harvey Keitel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 79 -

Nominated for: Bugsy

46
1,701 1,365
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
1,979 1,478
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
1,429 863
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
RadoslavaSivkova added age 41 -

Nominated for: The Revenant

49
1,407 961
Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
1,128 1,001
James Caan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 78 -

Nominated for: The Godfather