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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 72

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

2
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 53
Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech
3
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 61
Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.
4
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
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 45
Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle
6
Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 61
Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.
7
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
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
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 94
Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate
10
Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 42
Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty
11
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
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 61
Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.
13
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
Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 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.
15
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 36
Has never been nominated for an Academy Award
16
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 34
Nominated ForPride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game
17
Ava Gardner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Dec. at 68 (1922-1990)
Nominated ForMogambo
18
Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 51
Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.
19
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
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 74
Nominated For: The Rose, For the Boys
21
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 53
Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
22
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
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 39

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

24
Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 24 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.)
25
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 61
Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.