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Best Actors Who’ve Never Won An Oscar

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As awards season arrives annually, Hollywood and its followers wait to study what stars are going to snag the golden statue this yr and what film goes to take residence the large prize. Nevertheless, for some A-list actors, that Oscar statuette has been elusive for years.

From main snubs to actors who’ve been nominated and misplaced greater than as soon as, the Academy Awards can typically be unpredictable. Though Leonardo DiCaprio lastly gained in 2016 for “The Revenant” (after 4 losses in appearing classes), there are nonetheless loads of others who’re ready to take house an Oscar for his or her appearing chops. Listed here are a number of the most shocking actors who’ve but to win.

Glenn Shut

Glenn Shut has been nominated a whopping six occasions since 1983 however is but to win an Academy Award for her stellar appearing work. Earlier losses embrace greatest supporting actress for “The World According to Garp” in 1983, greatest supporting actress for “The Big Chill” in 1984, greatest supporting actress for “The Natural” in 1985, greatest actress for “Fatal Attraction” in 1988, greatest  actress for “Dangerous Liasons” in 1989 and greatest actress for “Albert Nobbs” in 2012. This yr, she stars in “The Wife” reverse Jonathan Pryce and has acquired constructive evaluations for her efficiency. Will it lastly be her yr?

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Robert Downey, Jr.

After making a reputation for himself as an awesome, younger actor, Robert Downey, Jr.’s status was lower than stellar within the 1990s. He’s come again round since then, largely because of his flip as Tony Stark in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” which helped to launch comedian ebook films into a brand new period. Nevertheless, the actor has but to earn an Oscar regardless of two nominations up to now: greatest actor for “Chaplin” in 1993 and best-supporting actor for “Tropic Thunder” in 2009.

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Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver has been round Hollywood for a very long time however has but to win an Oscar herself. In truth, many nonetheless keep that the actress was robbed of an Academy Award nomination for the unique “Alien” in 1979. She was nominated for greatest actress for the sequel, “Aliens,” in 1987, greatest supporting actress for “Working Girl” in 1989 and greatest actress for “Gorillas in the Mist” in 1989, as properly.

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Steve Buscemi

Top-of-the-line character actors of our era has by some means not solely not gained an Oscar however he’s by no means even been nominated! Though you may know him for masterfully enjoying creeps in basic films like “Fargo” and “Reservoir Dogs,” he’s but to attain an Academy Award nod.

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Meg Ryan

Though she’s been up for 3 Golden Globes and by no means gained, Meg Ryan has by no means been up for an Academy Award. Though she doesn’t all the time hit it out of the ballpark for her roles, when she’s on, she is ON. Her comedic chops and straightforward appeal in classics like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” ought to have undoubtedly earned her at the least a nomination.

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Bradley Cooper

His boyish attractiveness have typically stored individuals from overlooking the appearing prowess of Bradley Cooper. He may be greatest recognized for his position in outrageous comedies like “The Hangover” however the prolific actor has truly been nominated for 4 Oscars up to now. These nominations embrace three in a row: greatest actor for “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2013, greatest supporting actor for “American Hustle” in 2014 and greatest actor for “American Sniper” in 2015. Nevertheless, with the recognition of “A Star Is Born” this yr, which Cooper stars in and directed, his probability for an Oscar win might lastly be right here.

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Angela Bassett

Though she is well-known for powerhouse roles, Bassett has solely been nominated as soon as earlier than, for her half as Tina Turner in 1994’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” She has additionally appeared in (and will have been nominated for) films similar to “Malcolm X,” “Black Panther” and “Akeelah and the Bee.” Today, she is showing extra on tv collection like “9-1-1,” “American Horror Story” and “Master of None,” so she could also be extra more likely to win an Emmy.

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Ian McKellen

The legendary actor has had many iconic roles, particularly prior to now few years. Regardless of this, and two nominations underneath his belt, Ian McKellen has no Oscars to name his personal. He was beforehand nominated for greatest actor for “Gods and Monsters” in 1999 and greatest supporting actor for “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” in 2002. Though he has gained loads of different awards, the actor has lately questioned why no brazenly homosexual man has ever gained greatest actor on the Academy Awards.

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Naomi Watts

She has come near profitable an Oscar twice already, but the award eludes Naomi Watts to date. She has beforehand been nominated for greatest actress for “21 Grams” in 2004 and in the identical class for “The Impossible” in 2013. Her subsequent huge position goes to be in HBO’s prequel to “Game of Thrones” in order that Oscar might not come any time quickly, sadly.

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Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp has lengthy been recognized to be one in every of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, utterly reworking himself for a lot of roles. Regardless of this popularity, he has but to earn Hollywood’s largest honor. Earlier nominations embrace greatest actor for “Pirates of the Caribbean” in 2004, greatest actor for “Finding Neverland” in 2005 and greatest actor for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in 2008. In fact, the actor says he doesn’t need to win an Oscar anyway.

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Jessica Chastain

One other two-time nominee and two-time loser is Jessica Chastain, who was a frontrunner for her hard-nosed position in 2013’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” however misplaced to Jennifer Lawrence. That yr, she was nominated for greatest actress and the earlier yr she had been nominated for greatest supporting actress for “The Help.” She didn’t obtain a nomination this yr for her position in “Molly’s Game,” and it’s not wanting probably this coming yr together with her position in “Woman Walks Ahead” regardless of earlier hope for the movie.

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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was as soon as a favourite for 3 Academy Awards. It’s now been 18 years since he was even nominated however beforehand he held the nomination for greatest actor in “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1990, greatest actor for “Jerry Maguire” in 1997 and greatest supporting actor in “Magnolia” in 2000. Most individuals would agree he was snubbed for his work in 1988’s “Rain Man,” which gained greatest image. Today, he’s primarily recognized for motion blockbusters, so an Oscar is probably going out of the image for now.

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Angela Lansbury

The beloved 93-year-old actress was as soon as a daily Oscar favourite. It has been a few years since Angela Lansbury was nominated for an Oscar however she beforehand misplaced out on three awards. She was nominated for greatest supporting actress for “Gaslight” in 1945, greatest supporting actress for “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in 1946 and greatest supporting actress for “The Manchurian Candidate” in 1963. She did obtain an honorary Oscar in 2014, although, after 70 years of engaged on movie.

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Jeff Daniels

Should you solely consider Jeff Daniels for his comedic roles akin to “Dumb and Dumber,” then you’re lacking out on what the actor has to supply. He has had many spectacular dramatic performances in tv and movie, together with in HBO’s “The Newsroom” and within the 2005 movie “The Squid and the Whale.” Sadly, the Academy has but to acknowledge his skills. At the very least he’s no stranger to the Emmy Awards, the place he’s gained two trophies.

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Amy Adams

Almost reaching Glenn Shut for what number of Oscars she has been nominated for and but to win, Amy Adams has racked up a whopping 5 nods with no victories. She was first nominated for greatest supporting actress for “Junebug” in 2006. That position was shortly adopted by a greatest supporting actress nomination for “Doubt” in 2009, greatest supporting actress for “The Fighter” in 2011, greatest supporting actress for “The Master” in 2014 and greatest actress for “American Hustle,” additionally in 2014. Nevertheless, 2019 could also be her yr as she is presently a favourite for greatest supporting actress for “Vice,” which is about former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Will Smith

Will Smith has joined the zero-for-two membership with Oscar nominations. He was a frontrunner for greatest actor for his work in “Ali” in 2002 and once more was up for greatest actor for “The Pursuit of Happyness” in 2007. He has lately been essential of the Oscars for a perceived lack of variety. His luck might flip round for the 2020 present, although, with the upcoming live-action launch of “Aladdin,” by which he’ll play the beloved position of Genie.

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Annette Bening

The legendary actress has but to attain Hollywood’s prime honor regardless of quite a few nominated performances (and a famously snubbed one). She scored nominations for greatest supporting actress for “The Grifters” in 1991, greatest actress in one of the best picture-winning “American Beauty” in 2000, greatest actress for “Being Julia” in 2005 and, most just lately, greatest actress for “The Kids are Alright” in 2011. One of many largest Oscar snubs in current historical past additionally belongs to Bening for her position in 2016’s acclaimed “20th Century Women.”

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Liam Neeson

Earlier than he was generally known as an motion star because of films like “Taken,” Liam Neeson was greatest referred to as the actor who misplaced out to Tom Hanks for the perfect actor Oscar in 1994. That’s proper, you’d in all probability assume that Neeson gained for his excellent efficiency within the Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List,” however Hanks gained that yr for “Philadelphia.” He’s in all probability making extra money today however none of Neeson’s newest roles have earned any Oscar nods, although he got here near being nominated in 2017 for “Silence.”

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Michelle Williams

Although you may nonetheless keep in mind her from “Dawson’s Creek,” Michelle Williams has confirmed herself to be a flexible actress. In truth, she has been nominated for 4 Academy Awards. Her nominations embrace greatest supporting actress for “Brokeback Mountain” in 2006, greatest actress for “Blue Valentine” in 2011, greatest actress for “My Week with Marilyn” in 2012 and greatest supporting actress for the heartbreaking “Manchester by the Sea” in 2017. In 2018, some say she was snubbed for a fifth Oscar nomination for “All the Money in the World.”

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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix appears to have a knack for Oscar-nominated roles, although he nonetheless hasn’t gained one. He was beforehand nominated for greatest supporting actor for “Gladiator” in 2001, greatest actor for “Walk the Line” in 2006 and greatest actor for “The Master” in 2013. He’s not sweating it, although, since he has referred to as the awards present hype “total, utter bulls–t” up to now. This yr, he could also be up for awards from two totally different films: “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” and “You Were Never Really Here.”

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Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer has been recognized for a lot of roles all through her many years of labor in Hollywood, but she one way or the other has not gained an Oscar for any of them. Her earlier nominations embrace greatest supporting actress for “Dangerous Liaisons” in 1989, greatest actress for “The Fabulous Baker Boys” in 1990 and greatest actress for “Love Field” in 1993. Sadly, since then, she has been persistently missed for additional Academy Award nominations, together with her current flip in “Mother!”.

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Ed Harris

Though he has a powerful 4 Oscar nominations up to now, Ed Harris has but to win an Academy Award. He was first nominated for greatest supporting actor for “Apollo 13” in 1996. He was later nominated for greatest supporting actor for “The Truman Show” in 1999, greatest actor for “Pollock” in 2001 and greatest supporting actor for “The Hours” in 2003. He was snubbed for a nomination for 2010’s “The Way Back” however can now commonly be seen in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning “Westworld.”

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Laura Linney

The fantastic Laura Linney has been nominated for 3 Oscars however has but to obtain the honour of profitable. She was shut yearly with earlier nominations, together with for greatest actress for “You Can Count On Me” in 2001, greatest supporting actress for “Kinsey” in 2005 and greatest actress for “The Savages” in 2005. She’s racked up 4 Emmy wins within the meantime, although.

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Donald Sutherland

The person with the trademark surly voice has been fascinating audiences for a lot of many years, enjoying numerous iconic roles from “Animal House” to “The Hunger Games.” Shockingly, he has by no means been nominated for an Oscar for any of his performances. Nevertheless, he did obtain an honorary award from the Academy’s Board of Governors in 2017.

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Bette Midler

The legendary actress and singer is understood for a lot of roles, however a few of her greatest work earned her greatest actress Oscar nominations for “The Rose” in 1980 and “For the Boys” in 1992. Though some nonetheless consider she was robbed of the 1980 Oscar, Midler has continued to make nice films and even spoke up in 2016, urging the Academy to be extra inclusive with its nominations.

Ralph Fiennes

One other actor who went residence empty-handed after “Schindler’s List,” Ralph Fiennes was nominated for greatest supporting actor for the beloved film in 1994. He additionally misplaced in 1997 for his greatest actor nomination for “The English Patient,” one other greatest image winner. Most lately, many thought he was snubbed on the 2015 Oscars for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Additionally, Potterheads would have favored to see him nominated for his work as He Who Shall Not Be Named…

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Catherine Deneuve

French actress Catherine Deneuve is understood to be one of many greats. That’s why it’s so shocking that she has by no means been gained an Academy Award. She’s been in movie because the 1950s and has frequently turned in nice work. Her powerhouse efficiency in 1965’s “Repulsion” was value a nod alone. She was nominated for greatest actress for “Indochine” in 1993, however hasn’t had one other nod since. In the meantime, her fellow countrywoman Marion Cotillard gained an Oscar in 2007 for a French film, no much less.

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Edward Norton

Edward Norton is yet one more actor who has been nominated a number of occasions however by no means gained an Oscar. He has been nominated a complete of 3 times: greatest supporting actor for “Primal Fear” in 1997, greatest actor for “American History X” in 1999 and greatest supporting actor for “Birdman” in 2015. Not solely does that “American History X” loss nonetheless make no sense however him not getting nominated for “Fight Club” in 2000 can also be fairly disappointing.

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Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter is understood for enjoying kooky, bizarre and utterly distinctive roles. That’s often Oscar bait for the Academy however she’s but to snag the prize. She scored her first nomination in 1998 for greatest actress for “The Wings of the Dove.” In 2011, she acquired her second nomination (and second loss) for greatest supporting actress for “The King’s Speech.” At present, there are early rumblings for her position in “55 Steps,” so she could also be an Oscar contender once more in 2019.

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Hugo Weaving

Though he appears to all the time thrive in sci-fi villain and anti-hero roles, akin to Agent Smith in “The Matrix,” V in “V for Vendetta” and Purple Cranium in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Hugo Weaving has but to translate that expertise into even a single Oscar nomination. His versatility and vary have been particularly spectacular in “Cloud Atlas” however his most up-to-date position for “Black ’47” isn’t more likely to lastly get him that Academy Award nod.

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