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

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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  • 1
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    Nominated For: The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs

  • 2
    1,931
    590
    Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech
  • 3
    1,485
    492
    Age: 47
    Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle
  • 4
    1,377
    403
    Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
    Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 
  • 5
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    499
    Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.
  • 6
    1,495
    525
    Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.
  • 7
    1,207
    458
    Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.
  • 8
    1,038
    371
    Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate
  • 9
    989
    378
    Dec. at 89 (1924-2014)
    Was never nominated, did however receive an Honorary Academy Award, for her career as a whole, in 2009.
  • 10
    1,148
    363
    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award
  • 11
    848
    312
    Nominated ForThe Sixth Sense
  • 12
    761
    311
    Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.
  • 13
    769
    295

    Nominated for: Spotlight

  • 14
    573
    201

    Never nominated

  • 15
    551
    177
    Age: 56

    Nominated for: Unfaithful

  • 16
    1,014
    382
    Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.
  • 17
    909
    416
    Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.
  • 18
    725
    303
  • 19
    546
    236
    Nominated For: Gloria
  • 20
    822
    399
    Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.
  • 21
    580
    144
  • 22
    569
    229
    Dec. at 84 (1932-2016)
    Nominated ForThe Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • 23
    675
    255
    Was never nominated for an Academy Award.
  • 24
    973
    435
    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
  • 25
    731
    339
    Dec. at 43 (1938-1981)
    Nominated For: Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without A Cause.
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List Rules: Vote up the actresses who have never been awarded the Oscar for Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress.