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

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List Rules 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.

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 71 -

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

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1,083 461
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 52 - Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech

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794 342
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.

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723 350
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 69 - Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.

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810 328
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 44 - Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle

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562 316
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969) - Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 

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485 252
Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014) - Was never nominated, did however receive an Honorary Academy Award, for her career as a whole, in 2009.

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412 201
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 93 - Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate

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Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 41 - Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty

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308 243
Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 69 (1918-1987) - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

12
464 370
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 36 (1926-1962) - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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378 284
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.

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Ava Gardner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 68 (1922-1990) - Nominated ForMogambo

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325 253
Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 43 (1938-1981) - Nominated For: Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without A Cause.

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411 201
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 35 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award

17
414 273
Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 50 - Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.

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Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 33 - Nominated ForPride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game

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273 203
Greta Garbo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 85 (1905-1990) - Nominated For: Anna Christie, Ninotchka, Camille

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399 264
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 52 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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472 307
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 73 - Nominated For: The Rose, For the Boys

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324 210
Barbara Stanwyck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 83 (1907-1990) - Nominated ForSorry Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Ball of Fire

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344 253
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 38 -

Nominated For: Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine, Brokeback Mountain, My Week with Marilyn.

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495 305
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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231 137
Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
FranciscodeSouza added Dec. at 86 (1921-2007) -

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.)

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Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 98 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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218 171
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
FranciscodeSouza added age 56 - Nominated For: Working Girl, In & Out

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321 197
Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 54 - Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.

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238 234
Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 41 - Nominated ForCrazy Heart 

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192 191
Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 91 (1901-1992) - Nominated ForMorocco

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362 246
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 47 - Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.

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259 254
Christina Ricci is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 38 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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188 139
Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 88 - Nominated For: Gloria

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242 204
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 56 - Nominated For: Hateful Eight

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470 351
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 34 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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262 281
Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Nominated For: Casino

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198 187
Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 64 - Nominated For: Peggy Sue Got Married

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245 215
Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 52 - Nominated For: Frida

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285 277
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 36 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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211 196
Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 45 - Nominated For: Up in the Air

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167 159
Eva Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
tom-kelly added age 38 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
derek1969 added age 45 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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242 187
Toni Collette is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 46 - Nominated ForThe Sixth Sense

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244 223
Ashley Judd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
derek1969 added age 50 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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216 163
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 96 - Nominated For: Pillow Talk 

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119 56
Rachel McAdams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Manuel Cruz Aav added age 40 -

Nominated for: Spotlight

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193 131
Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 79 - Nominated For: Nashville.

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Catherine Keener is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 59 - Nominated ForBeing John Malkovich, Capote.

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111 123
Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
FranciscodeSouza added age 68 - Nominated For: Educating Rita, Billy Elliot.

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139 89
Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Daisy Kat added age 28