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.
- 1,400475Nominated For: Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle
Nominated For: The World According to Garp, The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, Albert Nobbs
- 1,317480Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.
- 1,757609Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech
- 1,218401Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg
- 1,359521Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.
- 1,083440Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.
- 890360Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate
- 974352Has never been nominated for an Academy Award
- 865378Was never nominated, did however receive an Honorary Academy Award, for her career as a whole, in 2009.
Nominated for: Spotlight
- 651266Nominated For: The Sixth Sense
- 605288Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.
- 666358Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.
- 757414Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.
- 768466Nominated For: The Rose, For the Boys
Nominated for: Unfaithful
- 888385Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.
- 773490Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
- 392223Nominated For: Gloria
- 848431Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
- 784457Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty
- 443211Nominated For: The Unsinkable Molly Brown