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.
- 11,326446Nominated 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
- 31,226464Nominated For: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl.
- 41,642589Nominated For: The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech
- 51,266501Nominated For: Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field.
- 61,134385Nominated For: A Star is Born, Judgement at Nuremberg
- 71,007422Nominated For: The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, The Kids Are Alright.
- 8819345Nominated For: Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Manchurian Candidate
- 9804363Was never nominated, did however receive an Honorary Academy Award, for her career as a whole, in 2009.
Nominated for: Spotlight
- 12885337Has never been nominated for an Academy Award
- 13630341Nominated For: Little Women, The Age of Innocence.
- 14533277Nominated For: The Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me.
- 15573257Nominated For: The Sixth Sense
- 16682401Nominated For: What's Love Got to Do with It.
- 17708451Nominated For: The Rose, For the Boys
- 18731476Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
- 19812369Nominated For: 21 Grams, The Impossible.
- 20785411Has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
Nominated for: Unfaithful
- 23745450Nominated For: The Help, Zero Dark Thirty
- 24389201Nominated For: The Unsinkable Molly Brown
- 25331213Nominated For: Gloria