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. Of course, some actors - like the great shapeshifter Gary Oldman - do finally get recognized after years without even a nomination, let alone a win.
Johnny Depp and Edward Norton 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 acting Oscars include Liam Neeson, Robert Downey, Jr.. Matt Damon, 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.
Was never nominated for an Academy Award.
Nominated for: Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
voting closed at #3
WON for Darkest Hour; Nominated for: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Nominated for: Chaplin, Tropic Thunder
Nominated for: Pulp Fiction
Nominated for: Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire, The Florida Project
Nominated for: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby
Nominated for: The Great Dictator
Nominated for: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Nominated for: Primal Fear, American History X, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Nominated for: Schindler's List, The English Patient
Nominated for: Schindler's List
Nominated for: Les Misérables
Nominated for: Witness
Nominated for: Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock, The Hours
Nominated for: The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Messenger, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Nominated for: Good Will Hunting, Invictus, The Martian
voting closed at #18
WON for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood; Nominated for: 12 Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moneyball
voting closed at #19
WON for Joker; Nominated for: Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master
Was never nominated for an Academy Award
Nominated for: Places in the Heart, In the Line of Fire
Nominated for: The Imitation Game
Nominated for: The Producers
Nominated for: Penny Serenade, None But the Lonely Heart
Nominated for: Birdman