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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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

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1,029 444
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

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762 322
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.

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694 323
Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 69 - Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.

5
761 313
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
536 302
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
670 291
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 47 (1922-1969) - Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 

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465 238
Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 90 (1924-2014) - Was never nominated, did however receive an Honorary Academy Award, for her career as a whole, in 2009.

9
381 186
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
444 303
Jessica Chastain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 41 - Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty

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296 221
Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 69 (1918-1987) - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

12
430 340
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 36 (1926-1962) - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

13
352 266
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 13 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.

14
236 221
Ava Gardner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 68 (1922-1990) - Nominated ForMogambo

15
306 242
Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 43 (1938-1981) - Nominated For: Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without A Cause.

16
377 185
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 35 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award

17
391 260
Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 50 - Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.

18
487 295
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 33 - Nominated ForPride & Prejudice, The Imitation Game

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Greta Garbo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 85 (1905-1990) - Nominated For: Anna Christie, Ninotchka, Camille

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455 287
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
381 246
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
312 195
Barbara Stanwyck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 83 (1907-1990) - Nominated ForSorry Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Ball of Fire

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479 286
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

24
317 236
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 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.

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216 127
Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
FranciscodeSouza added 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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278 147
Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 98 - Was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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199 156
Joan Cusack is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
FranciscodeSouza added age 56 - Nominated For: Working Girl, In & Out

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301 186
Laura Linney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 54 - Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.

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178 179
Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Died at 91 (1901-1992) - Nominated ForMorocco

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219 228
Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 41 - Nominated ForCrazy Heart 

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250 240
Christina Ricci is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 38 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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344 232
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 47 - Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.

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232 190
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 56 - Nominated For: Hateful Eight

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449 327
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 34 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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177 133
Gena Rowlands is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 88 - Nominated For: Gloria

36
232 199
Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 52 - Nominated For: Frida

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275 256
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 36 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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188 177
Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 64 - Nominated For: Peggy Sue Got Married

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247 267
Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 60 - Nominated For: Casino

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223 207
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
derek1969 added age 45 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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155 145
Eva Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
tom-kelly added age 38 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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191 185
Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 45 - Nominated For: Up in the Air

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210 149
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 96 - Nominated For: Pillow Talk 

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239 209
Ashley Judd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
derek1969 added age 50 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.

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219 178
Toni Collette is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 46 - Nominated ForThe Sixth Sense

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102 45
Rachel McAdams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
Manuel Cruz Aav added age 40 -

Nominated for: Spotlight

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181 123
Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
CraigAlarm added age 79 - Nominated For: Nashville.

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227 141
Debbie Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 86 - Nominated ForThe Unsinkable Molly Brown

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114 183
Catherine Keener is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 59 - Nominated ForBeing John Malkovich, Capote.

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188 115
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
age 85 - Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.