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

Updated January 13, 2021 88.5k votes 5.1k voters 66.0k 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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    Amy Adams

    Age: 46
    Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle
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    Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech
  • 4
    1,372
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    Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.
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    1,272
    379

    Judy Garland

    Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
    Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg 
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    1,406
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    Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.
  • 7
    1,136
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    Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.
  • 8
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    Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate
  • 9
    750
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    Nominated ForThe Sixth Sense
  • 10
    919
    362

    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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    339
    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award
  • 12
    692
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    Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.
  • 13
    682
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    Nominated for: Spotlight

  • 14
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    261
  • 15
    468
    170

    Never nominated

  • 16
    833
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    Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.
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    Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.
  • 18
    482
    216
    Nominated For: Gloria
  • 19
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    Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.
  • 20
    470
    152

    Diane Lane

    Age: 55

    Nominated for: Unfaithful

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    452
    109
  • 22
    431
    214
    Nominated ForPieces of April
  • 23
    500
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    Nominated ForThe Unsinkable Molly Brown
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    Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
  • 25
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    Natalie Wood

    Dec. at 43 (1938-1981)
    Nominated For: Love with the Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without A Cause.