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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1,095 328
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
1,160 491
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
860 370
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
776 382
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
883 351
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
613 340
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
757 320
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
519 274
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
515 353
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
452 228
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
331 264
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
426 310
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
499 406
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
270 262
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
357 272
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
549 349
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
463 221
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
451 291
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.

19
292 224
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
503 332
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
422 285
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
347 229
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
375 280
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
530 325
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
315 171
Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 99
Was never nominated for an Academy Award.