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

Updated September 23, 2021 94.4k votes 5.2k voters 67.7k views188 items

List RulesVote 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.

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    Nominated ForIndochine
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    Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
    Was never nominated for an Academy Award.
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    Nominated For: Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild, The Awful Truth, Love Afair, I Remenber Mama.

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    Nominated ForMogambo
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    Nominated For: Frida
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    Nominated for 45 Years

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    Dec. at 90 (1901-1992)
    Nominated ForMorocco
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    CraigAlarm addedDec. at 67 (1943-2010)
    Nominated For: Georgy Girl
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    Nominated ForThe English Patient
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    CraigAlarm addedAge: 66
    Nominated For: An Officer and a Gentleman
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    CraigAlarm addedDec. at 66 (1902-1969)
    Nominated For: Pillow Talk
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    Nominated For: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 
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    CraigAlarm addedDec. at 33 (1908-1942)
    Nominated For: My Man Godfrey
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    CraigAlarm addedAge: 41
    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
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    CraigAlarm addedDec. at 77 (1927-2004)
    Nominated For: Psycho
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    Nominated For: Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine, Brokeback Mountain, My Week with Marilyn.

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    CraigAlarm addedAge: 67
    Nominated For: Peggy Sue Got Married
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    Nominated ForBeing John Malkovich, Capote.
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    FranciscodeSouza addedAge: 58
    Nominated For: Working Girl, In & Out
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    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
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    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
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    Nominated For: Casino
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List Rules: Vote up the actresses who have never been awarded the Oscar for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress.