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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1,025 440
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

3
758 321
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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692 319
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.

5
759 310
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

6
535 296
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.

7
668 288
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 47 (1922-1969) - Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 

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461 238
Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died 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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377 181
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

10
441 299
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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294 218
Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 69 (1918-1987) - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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351 261
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 12 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.

13
413 338
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 36 (1926-1962) - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

14
236 219
Ava Gardner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 68 (1922-1990) - Nominated ForMogambo

15
304 240
Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 43 (1938-1981) - Nominated For: Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without A Cause.

16
375 183
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
389 258
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.

18
485 293
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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Greta Garbo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 85 (1905-1990) - Nominated For: Anna Christie, Ninotchka, Camille

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454 286
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 73 - Nominated For: The Rose, For the Boys

21
381 244
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 52 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

22
311 194
Barbara Stanwyck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 83 (1907-1990) - Nominated ForSorry Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Ball of Fire

23
477 284
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

24
316 235
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 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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215 126
Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
FranciscodeSouza added Died 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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277 147
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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197 155
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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299 186
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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176 178
Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 91 (1901-1992) - Nominated ForMorocco

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218 227
Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 41 - Nominated ForCrazy Heart 

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250 239
Christina Ricci is listed (or ranked) 31 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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342 229
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 32 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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231 188
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 56 - Nominated For: Hateful Eight

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447 326
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 34 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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176 133
Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 35 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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229 196
Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 36 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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188 175
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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274 255
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 38 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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247 266
Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Nominated For: Casino

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221 206
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 40 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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153 145
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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191 184
Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 42 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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210 147
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 43 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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237 208
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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219 177
Toni Collette is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 46 - Nominated ForThe Sixth Sense

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100 45
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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180 122
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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227 141
Debbie Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 86 - Nominated ForThe Unsinkable Molly Brown

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114 182
Catherine Keener is listed (or ranked) 49 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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188 111
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 85 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.