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

Updated January 13, 2021 82.5k votes 4.8k voters 63.1k views186 items

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

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    1,352
    451

    Amy Adams

    Age: 46
    Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle
  • 3
    1,695
    563
    Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech
  • 4
    1,290
    447
    Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.
  • 5
    1,193
    371

    Judy Garland

    Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
    Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 
  • 6
    1,326
    480
    Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.
  • 7
    1,073
    408
    Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.
  • 8
    889
    333
    Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate
  • 9
    680
    251
    Nominated ForThe Sixth Sense
  • 10
    601
    224

    Nominated for: Spotlight

  • 11
    626
    269
    Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.
  • 12
    861
    355

    Lauren Bacall

    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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    976
    333
    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award
  • 14
    630
    243
  • 15
    648
    349
    Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.
  • 16
    395
    159

    Never nominated

  • 17
    416
    204
    Nominated For: Gloria
  • 18
    750
    389
    Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.
  • 19
    412
    135

    Diane Lane

    Age: 54

    Nominated for: Unfaithful

  • 20
    378
    197
    Nominated ForPieces of April
  • 21
    874
    360
    Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.
  • 22
    383
    87
  • 23
    752
    437
    Nominated For: The Rose, For the Boys
  • 24
    453
    195
    Nominated ForThe Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • 25
    825
    404
    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.