The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Vote up the actresses who have never been awarded the Oscar for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress.

There are many actresses 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 being on the Academy Awards winners list. Only two actresses per year can win either the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress Oscars, leaving eight other nominees with nothing - and all of the other actresses in the biz out in the cold. 

But does the Academy always get it right? There are plenty of actresses 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. 

Amy Adams, Rachel McAdams, and Glenn Close 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 actresses without Oscars include Michelle Pfeiffer, Annette Bening, Sigourney Weaver, Helena Bonham Carter, and Christina Ricci. This list of female Hollywood celebrities who have no Academy Awards also includes black Actresses, like Angela Bassett, and famous classic stars, like Greta Garbo and Judy Garland. With six nominations, Thelma Ritter has the most nominations without winning the Oscar.  

There are a surprising number of big name actresses who haven't won an Oscar. It's up to you to determine which of these women is the greatest.

list ordered by
  • Glenn Close

    Nominated For: The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs

  • Amy Adams
    Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle
  • Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech
  • Judy Garland
    Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 
  • Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.
  • Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.
  • Emily Blunt
    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award
  • Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.
  • Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate
  • Was never nominated, did however receive an Honorary Academy Award, for her career as a whole, in 2009.
  • Deborah Kerr

    Nominated For: Edward, My Son, From Here to Eternity, The King and I, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, Separate Tables, The Sundowners

    (Six Nominations, the most ever without winning.)
  • Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.
  • Naomi Watts
    Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.
  • Nominated ForThe Sixth Sense
  • Nominated ForSorry Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Ball of Fire
  • Laura Linney
    Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.
  • Winona Ryder
    Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.
  • Diane Lane

    Nominated for: Unfaithful

  • Was never nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Nominated ForPride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game
  • Never nominated

  • Nominated for: Spotlight