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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)
Glenn Close age 71 - Nominated For: The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs

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

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

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

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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Amy Adams age 43 - Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle

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Annette Bening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Annette Bening 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)
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969) - Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 

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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Lauren Bacall 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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Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jessica Chastain age 41 - Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added Angela Lansbury age 93 - Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate

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

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Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Angela Bassett age 60 - Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.

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

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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)
Ava Gardner Died at 68 (1922-1990) - Nominated For:  Mogambo

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

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Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Naomi Watts age 50 - Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.

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

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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)
Keira Knightley age 33 - Nominated For:  Pride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Robin Wright age 52 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Greta Garbo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Greta Garbo Died at 85 (1905-1990) - Nominated For: Anna Christie, Ninotchka, Camille

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

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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jamie Lee Curtis age 60 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Barbara Stanwyck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Barbara Stanwyck Died at 83 (1907-1990) - Nominated For:  Sorry Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Ball of Fire

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Michelle Williams age 38 - Nominated For: Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine, Brokeback Mountain, My Week with Marilyn.

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Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
FranciscodeSouza added Deborah Kerr 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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Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added Maureen O'Hara age 98 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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

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Christina Ricci is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added Christina Ricci age 38 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Laura Linney age 54 - Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Maggie Gyllenhaal age 40 - Nominated For:  Crazy Heart 

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Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Marlene Dietrich Died at 91 (1901-1992) - Nominated For:  Morocco

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Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Jennifer Jason Leigh age 55 - Nominated For: Hateful Eight

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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Scarlett Johansson age 34 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Winona Ryder age 47 - Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.

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Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added Gena Rowlands age 88 - Nominated For: Gloria

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added Salma Hayek age 51 - Nominated For: Frida

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Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Sharon Stone age 59 - Nominated For: Casino

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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Kirsten Dunst age 36 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added Kathleen Turner age 64 - Nominated For: Peggy Sue Got Married

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
derek1969 added Kate Beckinsale age 45 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Ashley Judd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
derek1969 added Ashley Judd age 49 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Eva Green is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
tom-kelly added Eva Green age 38 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added Doris Day age 96 - Nominated For: Pillow Talk 

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Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Vera Farmiga age 44 - Nominated For: Up in the Air

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Toni Collette is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Toni Collette age 45 - Nominated For:  The Sixth Sense

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added Lily Tomlin age 79 - Nominated For: Nashville.

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Debbie Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Debbie Reynolds age 86 - Nominated For:  The Unsinkable Molly Brown

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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)
Catherine Keener age 59 - Nominated For:  Being John Malkovich, Capote.

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Carol Burnett age 84 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
FranciscodeSouza added Julie Walters age 68 - Nominated For: Educating Rita, Billy Elliot.