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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1,048 318
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

2
1,117 476
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
830 354
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.

4
753 365
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 70 - Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.

5
842 340
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
590 325
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
730 313
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 

8
503 263
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.

9
494 337
Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 41 - Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty

10
433 217
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
321 255
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
401 297
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
481 389
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 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.

14
257 250
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

15
343 263
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.

16
531 332
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 33 - Nominated ForPride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game

17
443 206
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 35 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award

18
433 283
Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 18 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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283 213
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

20
412 274
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.

21
483 322
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

22
338 218
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

23
360 266
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.

24
512 314
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 61 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

25
241 145
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.)