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Top 20: Actors Who’ve Never Won an Oscar


Online Screen Editor Will Cafferky takes us through the twenty actors who’ve never wrapped their hands around that famous statue. 

1 Leonardo Dicaprio

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Poor old Leo. His Oscar failures have become so well documented they’ve spawned their own sub-culture. He’s received 4 nominations, for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street.

2 Brad Pitt

Whilst part of the cast of the award-winning 12 Years a Slave, Brad has never won for his individual performances. He’s been nominated for 12 Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (no, really), and Moneyball. I think it’s probably that new hair; I’m not a fan.

3 Naomi Watts 

Naomi Watts has appeared in a plethora of fab films, from 21 Grams to The Impossible (both of which she received nominations for, as well as the perpetually underrated Mulholland Drive and Eastern Promises.

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Image Credits: The Guardian

4 Bill Murray

Despite being unequivocally the coolest man in showbiz, Bill has only been nominated for an Oscar once, for Lost in Translation. In his defence, the closest thing he has to an agent is his answering machine. Plus, I’m not sure he’s particularly arsed anyway. Stay classy Bill, you’ll always have my love.

5 Michelle Pfieffer

Michelle has been nominated three times. Shockingly one of those wasn’t for Stardust. I loved that film, especially the bit with Robert De Niro in drag. He wasn’t nominated for that either, go figure.

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Image Credits: TinselBlog

6 Julianne Moore

You won’t find many thespian CVs as diverse as Julianne Moore’s. From Jurassic Park to The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights to Magnolia. She’s had 5 nomination to date, one of which is 2014’s Still Alice.

7 Gary Oldman

Just the one nomination for Gary Oldman so far (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy). The man deserves every Oscar going for his hair in The Fifth Element, otherwise the whole ceremony is pointless.

8 John Cusack 

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Cusack is the epitome of the hit-and-miss actor. He’s never been nominated for an Oscar, something his appearance in Being John Malkovic certainly deserved. Incidentally, John Malkovic has never won an Oscar, (though he doesn’t make this list) making that film akin to an award-season Russian doll of disappointment.

9 Glenn Close

Close, but no cigar. Glen has been nominated 6(!) times without a win. Puns aside, she probably deserved an Oscar for her role in Fatal Attraction.

10 Johnny Depp

It appears there is a downside to seeming perpetually lackadaisical on the big screen. Depp has been nominated thrice, though oddly not for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is easily his best ever performance.

11 Sigourney Weaver

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Sigourney received her first nod for her part in Aliens (pictured right), and is yet to win despite a further two nominations. I feat made all the more surprising given the size of that gun. I mean look at it, how do you say no to someone holding that thing?

12 Sir Ian Mckellen 

He may have been knighted by her majesty, but he still can’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Renée Zelwegger (yep, she’s won one). He’s been nominated twice, once for his role as Gandalf.

13 Steve Buscemi

Who could say no to that face? Quite a few people apparently. Steve’s never been nominated for an Oscar, despite supporting roles in The Big Lebowski, Fargo and Reservoir Dogs.

14 Edward Norton

Edward Norton’s lead role in American History X (pictured right) earned him a second Oscar nomination,

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losing out honourably to Kevin Spacey in American Beauty. He’s received a third nomination for his part in Birdman, fingers cross for you Ed.

15 Ralph Fiennes

Roles in The English Patient and Schindler’s List were enough to earn Fiennes nominations, but he’s been otherwise criminally overlooked. He did receive a BAFTA nomination for his role in 2014’s hilarious Grand Budapest Hotel.

16 Richard Gere

The perennial silver fox, Richard Gere’s gorgeous squint hasn’t been enough to woo his way onto a list of nominees.

17 Liam Neeson

Nominated once for his role as Oskar Schindler in the titular Schindler’s List, Liam Neeson is so bitter about his failure to win an Oscar he’s subjected us to no fewer than THREE Taken films.

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Image Credits: Google Images

18 Ewan McGregor

The force ain’t so strong with this one, it would appear. Unbelievably, his part in Trainspotting didn’t even earn him a nomination, when in truth it probably should have won him the award. This being said, some of his recent roles may not help his case. I’m looking at you, Mortdecai.

19 Alan Rickman

Yippee Ki Yay. Alan Rickman has never been nominated for the top prize in showbiz. On the other hand he does hold a fond place in my heart as the least German-sounding German villain of all time for his portrayal of Hans Gruber in Die Hard. So that’s worth something, isn’t it?

20 Laura Linney

Laura Linney has been nominated three times since the turn of the millennium. Particularly of note was her performance in The Savages alongside the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, which saw her pipped to the statue by Marion Cotillard.

Online Screen Editor, Will Cafferky 

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