Take a look at the most Oscar-worthy actors (and a few directors) who continue to be Oscar-less! You will be surprised how many big, talented, and influential names and souls never got an opportunity to stand proud on the stage, holding the golden piece. For some, there still might be a chance, but for others, the train has passed.
This one is a little suspicious. Did you know that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has nominated Mia Farrow a staggering nine times? But the Academy is having none of it. Even after a bunch of Woody Allen hits and a mesmerizing performance in "Rosemary's Baby," Farrow's little golden statue still eludes her.
So, although she has never won an Oscar, the actress is worth over $60 million and holds an impressive career spread over more than four decades. She was married to the one and only Frank Sinatra and married to André Previn, and to this day, her love life is kept quiet and under the radars.
Jake Gyllenhall has been famously snubbed on two occasions. We imagine that it must hurt to get so close only to have it all disappear in one 'Swift' moment (wink). His nomination for "Brokeback Mountain" didn't take him all the way, losing out to George Clooney for "Syriana." It happened again in the film "Night Crawler."
In 2023 he played the role of Sergeant John Kinley; maybe that will bring him some kind of prize to take home. Anyway, when concerning Gyllenhaal's love life, he has been dating Jeanne Cadieu for a few years now - so as far as he is concerned, he has already won it all.
Michelle Williams will always move us; her sunken eyes and often tender performances have somehow gone overlooked by the academy. This may come as a surprise, even with films such as "Blue Valentine," "My Week With Marilyn," "Brokeback Mountain," and "Manchester by the Sea."
She did at least take home a Golden Globe and a SAG for "Fosse/Verdon." Williams is one of those actresses you can't get enough of, and to our surprise, she remains on this list. And besides acting she is involved in many fields in media and publishing and has been part of People magazine since 2022.
While no Oscars currently sit on his shelves, John Malkovich can take comfort in the fact that he has won so many other awards, including a SAG and an Emmy. His nominations include his roles in "Places in the Heart" and "In the Line of Fire." Truthfully, we're surprised he only has two.
Malkovich was born in 1953 in Illinois to parents who came from the newspaper and print industry, so it is no surprise John himself grew into the media world and became such a grand name. Malkovich is still very active, taking part in the Netflix productions "Space Force" and "The New Pope."
He's had a long and successful career. Twice. Keaton was a hit in the 80s, went on a lengthy hiatus, and returned to Hollywood as a nominated actor for his role in "Birdman." Sadly, he didn't, losing out to Eddie Redmayne. Perhaps he'll disappear for a second time, come back, and actually end up winning an Oscar.
Crazier things have happened! Whatever the case, Keaton deserves the gold! Over the years, Michael Keaton became best known for his role in the 1980s hit, "Night Shift," and then in 1988, when "Beateljuice" was introduced. In recent years, he has taken part in "Murbios," "Batgirl," and "The Flash."
When we realized this next name was going to be on our list, we were as shocked as you are. Johnny Depp's career has been a mix of the strange and offbeat, with the high stakes action. The actor's string of successful movies put him in good standing with the academy, and with films like "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Finding Neverland," and "Sweeney Todd," he's been a solid Oscar contender.
Unfortunately, his brush with the gold was brief, and Depp lost out in the end. Recently, his career has been taken for a spin, making it unlikely that he'll ever get that win in the near future.
Thelma Ritter was an icon in the Golden Age of cinema who perfectly embodied the tough working-class gal. Ritter was revered for her performances and racked up six nominations for her films such as "All About Eve," "Pillow Talk," New Girl in Town," and more, but she never saw an Oscar for any of them.
She did at least get a Tony for Best Actress for her performance in the musical "New Girl in Town." Her brilliant and carefully acted role as McCarthy stole audiences' hearts. She was born more than 100 years ago, in 1902, and passed away in 1969, leaving behind her numerous creations and an unforgotten New York accent.
A true travesty of Hollywood, Amy Adams should have shelves of Oscars by now, but alas, those six nominations are the closest she's ever gotten. With a string of critically acclaimed performances in films like "Doubt," "The Fighter," and "Sunshine Cleaning," not to mention her phenomenal work in HBO's "Sharp Objects," Adams delivers every time but sadly sees no Oscar in sight.
Phenomenal Adams has just stepped into her 40s and has her entire career still in front of her, we have no doubt that one day, she will be (gladly) erased from this list. There is no place for her here.
Not only is Jeff Daniels a great actor ( who deserves every award out there), but he is also a respected musician and playwriter. He has adorned our screens both in comedy and drama roles and he is definitely one of a kind. Now, we don't like to knock other awards on this list, but things must be cleared.
A Golden Globe is something to behold and Jeff Daniels has earned four nominations. He's also won an Emmy and endless praise for his performances, especially his role in the "The Newsroom." But Daniels has yet to nab the coveted Oscars Award. Maybe one day he'll surprise us. Who's to say?
When the Academy overlooked Spike Lee's iconic film "Do the Right Thing," it stirred up quite an outrage. The no-nomination streak continued for quite some time, but thankfully, his screenplay "BlacKkKlansman" did win an Oscar. Though Lee has gotten his accolades, he has yet to be recognized for what he does best, and that is directing.
Perhaps with the many changes happening in Hollywood, the director will one day see his Oscar glory. We mean, the Oscar is usually associated with the actors, and for some reason, they are the only ones remembered, but the directors, producers, and even costume makers should all share an equal portion of the glam.
Richard Butin was born in 1925 and died at the young age of 58. He is one of the most famous Welsh actors to this day and was recognized mostly for his deep baritone voice. Today regarded as an utter legend, Richard Burton was sadly overlooked.
The Shakespearean actor may have sometimes not been taken seriously for his periodic epics like "Cleopatra" and "The Robe" but was certainly Oscar material. The actor at least should have gotten the gold for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" but in the end lost out. Looks like those six nominations never got him there, but remembered he will be!
It might be 'horrifying for fans to discover that the grandfather of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, never actually won a single Oscar for any of his films. Today, they're viewed as classics, but back then, his films did not receive the sense of recognition that other Oscar-winning directors received at the time.
He was not completely ignored, however, and was nominated for Best Director five times for "Rebecca" (1940), "Lifeboat" (1944), "Spellbound" (1945), "Rear Window" (1954), and "Psycho" (1960). Today, Alfred Hitchcock is a synonym for Horror movies, and modern scriptwriters who were influenced by the master, are grasping more awards than Hitchcock could ever dream of.
Gene Wilder created some comedy masterpieces like "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers." As a brilliant writer, he completely shaped the form. As a significant American film player, the man only had two Oscar nominations to show for himself. With that said, the late comedian and director does not need the statue to show us his worth!
He was born Jerome Silberman to Russian immigrants. When he was just eight years old, his mother was sick and her doctor told Gene to try and make her laugh, as it would make her feel better. That's when he knew he wanted to become an actor.
The man has appeared in over 70 films! Surely one of those performances is Oscar-worthy? "JFK?" "Appollo 13?" Not even "Mystic River!" At least in our books, there's no reason why Kevin Bacon shouldn't be an Oscar winner. He does at least have just about every other award under the sun, including a Golden Globe, a Saturn, an Emmy, Critic's Choice, an Independent Spirit Award, and our favorite the MTV Villain Award.
If you were around in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bacon was a Brad Pitt. He was a George Clooney and David Beckham all in one. How didnt he get an Oscar is still unclear.
Brigitte Bardot got more than enough promise for bombshell looks but clearly not enough for acting. The actress and singer starred in countless films and musicals but never got her nomination for an Academy Award. She also singlehandedly created a style that was envied around the globe, making 60s French chic one of the coolest aesthetics ever.
It can be surprising that big names like Brigitte Bardot have so much reputation and so much history behind them, but when it comes to the golden prize, it's miles away. She had left her mark in the industry, and regardless of her earning an Oscar or not, as far as we are concerned, she has won.
Nineties It Girl, Winona Ryder grew into a serious actress with films like "Girl, Interrupted," "The Age of Innocence" and "Little Women." Unfortunately, after being nominated for two consecutive years, "The Age of Innocence" and "Little Women," Winona has proved to have what it takes!
When she first entered the show business, she was a huge surprise, and not many expected her to become the staring. Everyone saw a promising and rewarding future. She was one of the most desirable actresses in the early 1990s; however, no matter what she did and no matter what role she took, the Oscar was never meant to be hers.
Samuel L. Jackson
Can you believe that Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in over 125 films, and not once did he win the little golden figurine?! In fact, he has only scored one nomination, and that was in 1995 for his role in "Pulp Action." That's a rather disappointing fact, and while the actor doesn't necessarily go in the box of typically "Oscar-bait" films, he still gives stellar performances each and every time.
Jackson has done it all and played a variety of characters, which any respectful actor would with oot, however, when it comes to the big prize, it seems that he has missed his ride.
Ed Harris has no doubt been recognized for his fantastic performances many times, and four by the Academy for the films "Apollo 13," "The Truman Show," "Pollack," and "The Hours." But even with a string of Oscar-worthy performances, none saw the gold.
We suppose this Hollywood great is in for the wait; if he cares about waiting, that is! He was born in 1950, and believe it or not, his childhood dream had nothing to do with the stage. He wanted to become a professional football player. Life had its own ways, and Harris became one of the most talented actors of the past few decades.
As a child, Rickman trained at the Academy of Dramatic Arts; however, over the years, turned into a much-appreciated comedy film actor. His roles in "Love Actually," "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves," and "Sence and Sensibility" are only some of the big names he took part in.
A true loss, Alan Rickman proved to be one of the finest actors out there; though an English actor, he certainly made his mark in Hollywood by being memorably villainous. Sadly, he left us too soon and never saw an Oscar win or a nomination, but the actor will always be remembered for his great talents.
After her two Oscar nominations for "21 Grams" (2004) and then "The Impossible" (2015), the actress looked like she was coming close to the big win. Unfortunately, it's been a while since that name has popped up in the context of Oscar buzz, and we're simply not happy about it. Watts is best known for her roles in "Mulholland Drive," which came out in 2001, "21 Grams" released in 2003, and the 2005 version of "King Kong."
The British actress was born into fame. Her father was Peter Watts, who was a very well-known road director who was Pink Floyed's road manager for several years. Now, if that doesn't earn her an Oscar, then we don't know what does.
Jamie Lee Curtis
When you are born to fame, you drag it through your entire life, even if you don't get a chance to hold the prestigious gold prize. You would have thought that being the daughter being the daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis would a least have an Oscar, don't you think?
She has won Golden Globes, but Jamie Lee Curtis, the scream queen of the 80s, has not seen any Oscar glory, not even a nomination. And she's been acting since she was 20 years old! That being said, we still love all other performances, whether she's a horror heroine in the "Halloween" franchise or a stuffy mom in "Freaky Friday."
Salma Hayek's biggest time is, without a doubt, "Farida". The movie tells an astonishing story about one of the most influential feminine figures in history. Even though she wowed audiences with her artistic masterpiece in the movie, and has continued to do so with countless other films too, Hayek has never actually walked away with one of the most prestigious prizes in the industry.
The ultimate loss was probably due to some serious competition from the phenomenal actresses in "The Hours," which was an incredible film in its own right. So, it's not only making a great film, but it's also to know when is the best time to release it.
As Hollywood's leading man between the 30s and 60s, Cary Grant starred in countless big hitters. But the position of a leading man can be a precarious one. Too popular to be taken seriously, the actor's great skills were often overlooked by the Academy, even with near-perfect performances in "The Philadelphia Story" and "North by Northwest."
He was granted an honorary Oscar in 1970 for his significant contribution to the world of cinema, which we think was a really good call. It may not be real, but it's as close to it as he could get. One cannot look back at the cinema without discussing Cary Grant.
Paul Thomas Anderson
He is also known by his initials, PTA, and is thought to be one of the greatest directors of all time. This is another Oscar-winning director with no Oscars to his name. When will the Academy learn? Paul Thomas Anderson was behind the cult hit "Boogie Nights" and the brilliant "There Will Blood," which earned its star Daniel Day-Lewis an Oscar but sadly not its director.
We're sure that there will be an Oscar down the line sometime; the man is an immense talent! Maybe the Oscar committee should consider more wards for the backstage or behind-the-camera people and less for the actors themselves. They have enough fame and money anyway.
Annette Bening got her start in theater in the 80s before she went on to treat us with beautiful performances in countless films. Yet somehow, she hasn't made the Oscar cut. The actress was nominated for "The Grifters," "American Beauty," "Being Julia," and "The Kids Are All Right," wowing us in each and every one of these performances.
Let's hope that the next nomination turns into an actual win. Bening was born in 1958 and brings over four decades of remarkable art. In 1984, she married her first husband, J. Steven White, and in 1992, she married her second husband and another big name in the industry, Warren Beaty, whom she has been with ever since.
It's only in recent years that comic book films received much critical acclaim, with the likes of Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix nabbing Oscars. But it appears that the directors aren't getting enough attention. However, Christopher Nolan is known for far more. Just about every movie he's made is Oscar bait.
Yet, the man, year after year, keeps going home empty-handed. “Memento,” “Inception,” and “Dunkirk,” still nothing. His name, which lies behind some of the greatest movie tile created in the past few decades, is considered a masterpiece and has become a classic that will never be outdated and will forever be a winner.
Deborah Kerr is another example of a great actress who led an illustrious yet Oscar-less career. She appeared in some of the most famous films in cinema history, giving noteworthy performances in films such as "The King and I" From Here to Eternity," "The Innocents," and many more.
Kerr received six nods from the Academy but was only actually awarded an honorary Oscar in 1994 in an attempt to right a decades-long wrong. While it's not the same, it is something! Kerr was born more than 100 years ago, and she died at the age of 86, and was known as the first Scottish actress to ever be nominated for any award.
If ever there was a rom-com Oscar-worthy performance, Meg Ryan gave it to us. The actress didn't even get a nomination for her performance in "When Harry Met Sally." Her famous diner scene deserves one alone. Meg Ryan was one of the most famous actresses of the 1990s, but the "Sleepless in Seattle" star has never scored an Academy Award nomination.
Her name lies between the credits of many great movies, such as "City of Angels," "Promised Land," and she even played in one of the 1980s classics, "Top Gun." In our opinion, just for that, she deserves an Oscar.
Richard Gere gained international awareness in 1980 when he amassed the screens and captured all women's hearts in "American Gigolo." He was unheard of until then; however, once you were introduced, the movie world just didnt look the same.
Gere has not been so lucky either when it comes to the Oscars but has actually had a little more luck on the Golden Globes side, having been nominated four times and winning once. Gere is going to have to come out with something really special if he wants to make it into the Oscar ranks, though it looks as if that ship has sailed.
It was 1994, and Liam Neeson wowed us in "Schindler's List" in the titular role. His career-defining role was a shoo-in for an Oscar, not to mention the film itself was an utter masterpiece. Alas, Neeson never saw that Oscar, causing quite an upset among viewers and critics. The actor has gone on to star in countless films, cashing it in big-time with high-action hits like the Taken franchise, so perhaps Oscar isn't in the books.
Perhaps it's less of a concern for the actor these days. It is difficult to mention any other movie he acted in after praising the outstanding "Schindler's List," However, just to clear things up a little, Neeson is responsible for "Love Actually," and Made in Italy" too.
James McAvoy has been attached to some very critically acclaimed films. The 2007 film "Atonement" was nominated for a total of seven awards, one of them being Best Picture. There was also "The Last King of Scotland" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," but our man McAvoy didn't get to thank producers and co-stars upon that coveted stage.
McAvoy was born in 1979, meaning he has all of his career still in front of him, so if he hasn't received the golden prize yet, there is still hope. He might find himself in years to come still on this list, waiting for the praised wards, and he might be lucky enough to have one already.
Viewed as one of the great Hollywood injustices, Ralph Fiennes lost his shot at Oscar glory (nominated for his role in "Schindler's List") when Tommy Lee Jones beat him to it with the movie "The Fugitive." While he doesn't have an Oscar, Fiennes does have a BAFTA, which, according to some, is more prestigious, a Tony, and a whole host of European film festival awards.
Although "Schindler's List" is considered Fiennes' breakthrough and he is most recognized for this movie, he has been in many others that only do good to his name and reputation. Among these, you can find "The Menu" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Born Marilyn Pauline Novak, the American artist has been involved in some big titles. She starred in "Bell Cook and Candle," "Picnic," and many others that became lifetime classics. Kim Novak should have gotten that Oscar goodness for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" but, unfortunately, didn't make it. She did, however, receive a Golden Globe for "Most Promising Newcomer" in 1955.
Besides being a phenomenal actress, Novak is a respected painter, too, and her works of art are scattered around many houses all over the world. Apparently, she was sensible enough to expand her talent into many directions and not only Holywood.
To some, it may be a surprise that Zac Efron, the ultimate high school sweetheart every young girl has a crush on at some point or another, never won an Oscar. The now adult idol adorned our screens in "Highschool Musical" and since then has had his name associated with "NCIS," "A Family Affair," and many other great hits.
One of Zac Efrons' greatest roles was in "Dirty Grandpa," which tells the story of the heartening and somewhat controversial relationship between a grandchild and his grandpa. He co-starred with no less than Robert De Niro; however, he still didn't manage to grasp the award.
It's a sad fact, but comedians rarely make it to Oscar land; if anything, their talents are reserved for the role of host or hostess, entertaining all those dramatic thespians. But some comedians deserve the gold themselves! Bill Murray is a perfect example of that. He received a nomination for "Lost in Translation," but that's it.
We believe his vast body of comedic work deserves an Oscar. "Groundhog Day," Ghostbusters," and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" are only some of the great movies Murry starred in, so if we were giving out the Oscars, she would have definitely grasped one.
We're sure there are many Harrison Ford fans out there (ladies, we're talking to you) who resent this fact. The actor has played some iconic roles throughout his career, but unfortunately, his performances as "Indiana Jones" and "Han Solo" didn't speak to the Academy. He came pretty close in 1986 with "Witness" but, in the end, didn't make it all the way, losing to the late William Hurt.
Now, some may consider him as a 'past century material,' meaning he was big in the 1980s; however, those days are gone. We say Ford is one of the most gifted actors out there, and many new names in the industry can only be admired.
Angela Basset has given us some Oscar-deserving roles. In fact, we could name at least three off the top of our heads (not counting her nominated role for "What's Love Got to Do With It.") Aside from her memorable portrayal of the iconic Tina Turner, Angela Basset gave brilliant performances in "Malcolm X," Sunshine State," "Akeela and the Bee," and more.
Basset was born in 1958, and even at a young age, she knew show business was where she wanted to go. Although her breakthrough was in 1993, she took part in many low-budget projects and worked her way up smoothly but shurley.
Kirk Douglas is actually considered to be one of the greatest American actors of all time, yet somehow, he has only racked up three nominations and not one win. With stellar performances in "Champion and Lust for Life," "Paths of Glory," Spartacus," and more, Douglas has received some high praise but never an Oscar.
However, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. So what we admire most about Douglas is that although he never won an Oscar, he didnt leave this world without leaving something behind...His son Michael has grasped the award in his honor.
Most of us know this face from the "Star Trek" series, "A Christmas Carol" and "GreenRose." He is one of the most notable British actors who not once said that he thought that by the 2020s, he would have been retired already. Well, he is not. Patrick Stewart is another example of a fine actor who hasn't gotten his due.
He has not even been nominated for an Academy Award. He was, however, nominated for a Tony for his performance in the Broadway revival of "Macbeth." Professor X has got the goods but has yet to get that Oscar glory.
Sigh, Marylin Monroe was another example of a Hollywood gem who was never fully appreciated during her time. Sure, these days, the actress is praised for her perfect comedic timing, fine acting, and her love of literature, but showbiz did not give her due.
Perhaps the Academy could somewhat redeem themselves by honoring her with a posthumous recognition, but alas, we have yet to see that. Marylin Monroe was one of the biggest names the industry knew back in the 1950s and 1960s, and even to this day, no other actress manages to reach fame as the beautiful blond did.
Charlie Chaplin captivated some of the world's earliest audiences of cinema, evolving from heartfelt silent films to legendary talkies. It's no doubt the man was a genius. But it's safe to say that he did not get enough credit. In fact, he was only nominated for "The Great Dictator." In Hollywood's defense, they did give him two honorary awards, but it was for the musical score of the film.
It's something, but we believe Chaplin deserves more. We assume that back in the day, although Chaplin and many others got the respect they deserved, however, the genius behind his creations was never fully understood until well after his days.
Donald Sutherland has been part of the industry for more than six decades. His breakthrough came in 1967 with the movie "The Dirty Dozen" and rose to fame with many titles such as "Ordinary People," JFK," and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." He passed on his great gift to his son Kiefer, who in his own right, is a nega Hollywood star too.
Sutherland is an iconic and legendary actor. The veteran star has been in countless films, many of them critical successes. He's gotten many Golden Globes, but oddly, throughout his extremely long career, he has not received one Oscar nomination. Baffling, right?
Jessica Chastain has so far been nominated twice, once for Best Actress in "Zero Dark Thirty" and again for Best Supporting Actress in "The Help" but lost to Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook." A respectable loss! Perhaps an Oscar is in sight from her role in"Scenes From a Marriage"? And no, we don't mean Oscar Isaac.
Chastain is known for many projects she took part in; however, whenever her name is mentioned, it is always associated with "Zero Dark Thirty," Miss Sloan," "The Tree of Life" and "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." She has a bright and promising career in front of her and she might just have to say goodbye to this list one day.
She's the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Ingrid Bergman and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, but those genes only took her so far. While Isabella Rosellini is a fantastic actress, she somehow hasn't been able to score an Oscar nomination, let alone an award. Perhaps she's more popular in European circles.
Since the early days, she knew show business was what she wanted to do. She was inspired by her parents and was forever fascinated by the fame and glam; however, she never let the fact of not achieving the award get in her way of cause her performance to be less than perfect, like it is.
This is another one we find so difficult to believe, and even we had to read this over and over again. Matt Damon was once Hollywood's golden boy. He burst onto the scene with his bestie Ben in "Good Will Hunting" when he was about 25 years old, winning an Oscar for his screenplay.
But when it comes to acting, Damon has been less fortunate. Having been nominated for "The Martian," "Invictus," and "Good Will Hunting," the A-lister hasn't seen a single win. While he's not an Oscar winner, the actor is certainly no underdog. He has been many directors and script writers, an all-time favorite, and many titles would nor have been the same if it wasn't for casting him.
The mightily talented as well as the highest-paid actress in the biz has starred in a string of countless successful films, from MCU blockbusters to indie sensations. But the actress has no Oscars, and only very recently did she manage to earn herself two noms with "Jojo Rabbit" and "Marriage Story" (in the same year.) Could this be a sign that things are getting closer?
2003 was the year when she stunned the audiences in "Lost in Translation." Since then, magnificent Johansson has dazzled us in many movies, and it is such a shame that there is no Oscar. She is still young; maybe in later days, the golden prize will arrive.
What Glenn Close has won is the record for most Oscar nominations in an acting category without a single win. Seems a little unfair, right? The actress is one of the most highly regarded actresses of her generation and has received the Oscar nod eight times between 1983 and 2021.
But the legendary and super talented actress is completely unfazed and does not see herself as a loser. In an interview with AP News, Close commented on her perceived "Oscar loss," saying, "you're there, you're five people honored for the work that you've done by your peers. What's better than that?" Agreed!
The British actor has received enough accolades to comfort him for not getting an Oscar (even though he should have gotten one for "Selena.") With a Critics' Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for two Golden Globe Awards and two Primetime Emmy Awards to his name, Oyelowo seems to be in good standing.
Still, an Oscar ot two couldn't hurt. There is more to Oyelowo than being a brilliant Oscar-free actor. He is a well-honored producer and director, so if the prize doesn't show up following his acting abilities, maybe it will be through the backstage performances.
Robert Redfors's best piece of work is "The Way We Were." The chemistry on set with the remarkable Barbara Streinsend is something you don't come across in every movie, and the award was deserved for that ( if not only). We're a little stumped here. It's hard to believe that Robert Redford, one of Hollywood's greats, has never seen an Oscar win as an actor.
He has won Best Director twice for "Quiz Show" and "Ordinary People." At least that! These days, he rarely performs; however, he hasn't said his last word yet, and he is still producing, directing, and spreading his charm.
He's been nominated for "Green Book," Eastern Promises," and "Captain Fantastic," but Viggo Mortensen has yet to make that gushy speech on an Academy Award stage. The actor has taken some slack from the industry for being a little different.
He's not exactly gossip fodder, living in Madrid and working when he wants. By all accounts, that sounds awesome, but Hollywood can be funny. Needless to say, we're sure he's not too hung about the whole thing, and with having his hand at massive blockbusters like "Lord of the Rings," popularity is not something he ought to be too concerned about.
Edward Norton's career consists of impressive films; "Primal Fear," "American History X, "Birdman," and much more. According to some Hollywood insiders, however, the actor has built up a rather difficult reputation in recent years. Could it be because of that? We wonder!
Hollywood is known for primadonnas and certain actors who think they just deserve it all. But perhaps he crossed a line. Norton has been directing these days alongside his continuous acting career. He was part of the directing team in the movie he played in, "Motherless Brooklyn," so maybe this direction is what will finally bring him the golden award.
Toshiro Mifune has been dubbed Japan's (combined mix of) Marlon Brando and Clint Eastwood, which sounds pretty impressive. And even if you're not a big consumer of foreign films, you probably know him as the star of "Seven Samurai" and "Rashomon."
Needless to say, this Japanese super-talented gem never saw an Oscar, though we're convinced an actor of that stature did not need the Hollywood praise. Not much is known about Mifune's personal life, and most of the data we found covers his contribution to the film industry and his unique and magnetic charisma onstage. When id comes to other things, we'll have to go without.
John Goodman should have won an Oscar by now or at least been nominated for "The Big Lebowski," "Barton Fink, "Flight," and, let's be honest, far more. Sadly, that was not the case! Ain't that the way the cookie crumbles? The actor has become a legend in both TV shows and films, and his Big Lebowski character has been ingrained in American pop culture.
Only a fantastic actor can do that. Goodman has been recognized with so many iconic characters (Dan Conner being one of them). We hope he manages to get his hands on an unforgettable role that will finally bring him the gold.
With top-notch films like "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Sniper," and "American Hustle," Cooper showed us that he's far more than a bankable bro-movie hunk. The man can seriously act. The Oscar buzz was strong with the film "Star is Born," and audiences were curious to see it play out.
Going both behind and in front of the camera, Cooper told us the story of a troubled country musician who mentors (and falls in love with) a struggling young singer. The heartfelt musical drama rocked everyone's world, but sadly, the actor lost to Rami Malek (and if you are going to loos to someone, then let it be Malek).
With his deep voice and burly delivery, Sam Elliot has Oscar winner written all over his face. But, unfortunately, that is not the case. Elliot has only received an Oscar nomination for one film, "A Star Is Born," in the category for Best Supporting Actor. It was a close call, but ultimately, he lost to Mahershala Ali for the movie "Green Book."
While Ali's win was deserving, we would love to see an Oscar win in the future. Elliot first gained fame in 1969 when he took part in ABC's Judd for the Defense. Then, in 1976, he starred in "Lifeguard," and from there, the path was paved.
Foreign films are always tough contenders in Oscar land, but when it comes to Pedro Almodovar, his films hold a special exception. The Spanish director has actually had his brush with Oscar glory with two of his films getting the award, one for Best Foreign Language Film and the other for Best Original Screenplay.
But when it comes to Best Director, and we know he deserves it the most, he has yet to see one. We suppose if Almodovar's films were in English and he was sitting among the Spielbergs and Scorseses, then there isn't a doubt that he would have nabbed up several.
Stanley Tucci was born in 1960 and has become one of the industry's most respected actors and filmmakers. Stanley Tucci got his due in 2010 for his chilling role in "Lovely Bones," well, almost. Unfortunately, it was only a nomination, and he lost out to Christopher Waltz.
We will admit if there is someone to lose to, at least it was Waltz for his performance in "Django," and not some unfamiliar name no one has ever heard of. He has grasped several awards over the years, with an Emmy, Golden Globe, and an Academy Award to his; however, the prestigious Oscar still remains far away.
Albert Finney came into the world in 1936 and, at a young age, already joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. This secured his future in the film and sho industry, and he for sure became one of the biggest names of his time. The late English actor Albert Finney was snubbed famously numerous times at the Oscars.
As a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate, he had talent but luck, perhaps not. Finney received five Oscar nominations, among them "Under the Volcano"(1984), "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974), and "Erin Brockovich" (2000.) His legacy is his great performances in some iconic films, even if he never got the Oscars to show for it.
Here is another great name driven straight from the 1980s. What a decade that was. It brought us so many grand titles and so many astonishing names, Signourney Weaves being one of them. She has played in Woody Allen's movies, and she has worked with Ellen Ripley.
The three-time Oscar nominee demands your respect. Her versatility can be seen throughout her body of work with films, specifically her Oscar-nominated films, "Aliens," "Working Girl," and "Gorillas in the Mist." Alas, the golden statue has eluded Weaver. But we're not giving up; we believe our girl Sig will eventually do the Oscar victory dance!
He's certainly the oddball of Hollywood, one of the few actors who never really fit into any mold, but a brilliant actor? Of course! Woody has played some interesting characters and racked up quite a few noms. His noteworthy performances include "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," "The People vs. Larry Flynt," and "The Messenger."
We'll continue to root for him. Maybe some sensible stripped writer will compose a remarkable role for Harrelson, and then we can remove his name from this list. He has contributed his unique talent to so many titles, and the road has not ended for him yet.
Steve Buschemi is known for many things, and he is also known for being a Quentin Tarantino favorite (which is a lot in our eyes). He was born in New York in 1957, and during his high school years, he was a rewarded wrestler. Wanting to become an actor was not something he was born with.
He's our favorite character, slipping into any role under the sun. But Steve Buschemi has never even gotten himself a nomination. Truly an outrage. His television work, on the other hand, has earned him some sold critical acclaim with shows like "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Sopranos." He's also gotten numerous Emmys and Golden Globes.
Laura Linney is definitely everyone's favorite actress! We loved her on "Ozark," and we can't forget her fantastic performances in all her Oscar-worthy films. Her nominations for roles in "The Savages," "Kinsey," and "You Can Count on Me" were outstanding but unfortunately not good enough to take home the gold.
Who are we kidding? Sometimes, it is just a popularity contest. In 2023, Linney took part in David Auburn's play, "Summer, 1976", trying to do her best in theater too. We see a bright future for this talented woman, as she might, just might be waving the golden Oscar very soon.
Ewan McGregor started out as a scrawny Scott and slowly became a Hollywood leading man. Well, he's still a Scott, just no longer scrawny. The super-talented actor can dance and sing, too, but sadly, he has not yet reaped the fruits of all his accomplishments! McGregor is one of the most interesting entries on this list.
He touched the glitz of glam when he remarkably performed in "Trainspotting," a masterpiece and one of the best movies released in the 1990s. It was new, exciting, and dazzling, and up until now, we don't understand how he didnt get the desirable award for his performance in that movie.
Robert Downey Jr.
Perhaps as one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors, Robert Downey Jr. is less concerned about Oscar wins than his fellow actors. Still, we're sure it's a nice feeling for Iron Man to take home that little gold man. He came close with his 1993 performance in "Chaplin" and again for his role in "Tropic Thunder" in 2008 (an unusual choice) but not close enough.
He took his first footsteps in the industry at a very young age and was related to a few scandals here and there; however, this doesn't mean that such a great talent shouldn't be up there with all the other grand names.
James Dean was taken from us far too soon at age 24, but the actor gave us some memorable performances even in his short career. Sadly, he never saw an Oscar for anything of them. While he may have gotten one a few years done the line, the Academy never granted him a posthumous honorary award as they have done with others.
Over the years, James Dean became a symbol of glamour, a symbol of prestige, and alongside other names such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and others, he has engraved his mark into the industry's book of history for ever.
She's certainly everyone's favorite TV star as everyone loves "Homeland," and she's also starred in a string of fantastic films, but Claire Danes is empty-handed when it comes to Oscar awards. When it comes to Golden Globes and Emmys, however, that's a different story.
Clair Danes became famous at a relatively young age when she starred in "My So-Called Life." Since then, she has not stopped and continues to bring to the domestic screen remarkable acting abilities and unforgivable television shows. She had been the director's favorite choice in many productions and continues to spread glam. Unfortunately, there is no Oscar with any of those.
Helena Bonham Carter
The phenomenal actress who floats between American and British roles has two decent nominations to her name. Her first one was her 1998 role in "The Wings of a Dove" and her second, in 1998, in "The King's Speech." We do predict an Oscar one day — the woman just can't go much longer without one!
Carter has been recognized with many movies, some of which have become timeless classics. She has taken part in many of the Harry Potter movies, she is known for her remarkable performance in "Suffragette" and how can we forget her in Netflix's "The Crown," a true masterpiece.
We know that the "Lethal Weapon" films aren't exactly films fit for Academy Awards, but Danny Glover did give an outstanding performance in "The Color Purple." Unfortunately, even acting alongside the great Oprah Winfrey (she has magical fairy dust), the man still did not score even a single nomination for shame.
These days, Glover is busy with many other engagements and not only theater or movie land. He is active in protests and giving speeches on issues that matter and is doing whatever he can to make a difference and change the world. Maybe for that he should get an Oscar?
For those born in the last twenty years, the name Michelle Pfeiffer may not mean too much; however, for mature readers, there is no need to introduce the 1990s goddess. She starred in "Batman Returns," and she gave a memorable performance in "I Am Sam." We haven't seen Michelle Pfeiffer in a while, but that doesn't mean we've forgotten her memorable performances.
Films such as "Dangerous Liaisons" and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" have earned actress Oscar nominations but, sadly, not a win. These days, it is unknown if she is working on another Hollywood production or not, so only time will tell if there is still a future Oscar out there with her name on it.
Sir Ian McKellen
The man has been knighted by Her Majesty, the queen herself, but has not received the honor of thanking the Academy for an Oscar. His two nominations include his 1998 role in "Gods and Monsters" and his memorable role as Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."
Looks like it's Hollywood's loss! He was born in England in 1939 and has more than six decades of a career to his name. He has been relatively quiet concerning new roles; however, he has become very active in anything related to LGBTQ rights. He makes a difference not only on screen but in reality, too. He deserves the prize!!
Willem Dafoe is an old favorite and has starred in dozens of movies for as long as we can remember. From his Oscar-nominated performance as far back as 1986 as the idealistic sergeant in "Platoon" to his role in the cinematic beauty "Lighthouse," Dafoe exemplifies versatility.
The actor came close to his role as Vincent in "At Eternity's Gate," "Shadow of the Vampire," and "The Florida Project." Unfortunately, he never took home the gold, and his cabinet of fame remains empty. Whether or not he will one day hold that little statue in his hands doesn't really matter. We know he's great!
Peter O' Toole
It happens every generation or so; a brilliant actor comes along and is recognized for all their greatness. They sit at the annual event and hear their name get called out as a nominee, year after year, and...nothing. Peter O'Toole is a perfect example of that. After eight nominations, he still did not take home the gold.
All of this over a roughly 40-year acting career. He did at least score an Honorary award. O'Toole has shone in "Lawrence of Arabia," The Last Emperor" and contributed his voice in one of our old-time animated favorites, "Ratatouille." He is wonderful in so many niches and easily gets out of his known comfort zone, and for that, eh is praised.
Just like her character (aptly named Emily) in "The Devil Wears Prada," she should have been the one to go to Paris and get all the glory. In this case, when we say Paris, we mean an Academy Award! Her performance in "A Quiet Place" was also outstanding; alas, Blunt, putting it bluntly, needs her Oscar because her not having one seems unfair.
These days, Blunt has decided to put her career on hold and spend more time with her family; however, she is still young and has all of her life in front of her to work hard and get the prize.
We know Tim Burton is not an actor, but we feel his name deserves a mention. The visionary director has given us some fantastically memorable films, yet Hollywood hasn't given him the right credit yet. Is he too strange for Hollywood? Too dark? We're not sure, but it seems that Tim Burton is impossible to categorize so we'll put him in the category of great talents who deserve an Oscar.
His latest creation was the huge hit Netflix produces, "Wednesday." This was his first project to consist of a television show since the late 1980s. So, will he ever receive an Oscar? Time will tell.
It's kind of crazy but, yes, Tom Cruise has received three nominations and never a win. Two of them for Best Actor for "Fourth of July" and, of course, "Jerry Maguire" and the third for Best Supporting Actor in "Magnolia." As one of Hollywood's biggest actors, it's unfortunate that he hasn't really come close to it.
While still a huge name, Cruise has seemed to retire himself to the occasional blockbuster and less Oscar bait. These days, he is dedicating himself to producing and not only acting, as he has an urge to sprinkle his glam and charisma behind the scenes too, hoping this way the prestigious Oscar will make its way over to his hands.
We had really hoped this name wouldn't have appeared on the list; however, it seems that it doesn't matter how great of an actor you are. Some people win it, and some don't. It became clear that the moment Clint Eastwood sat in the director's chair where his true talents lay.
We're not saying he's a bad actor; the man has been acting since the 50s all the way to the present day, but he has won four Oscars as a director and producer and zero as an actor. He has at least gotten two noms, one for "Unforgiven" and another for "Million Dollar Baby."
Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow went from European arthouse cinema (a favorite of Igmar Bergman) in the earlier years of his career to starring in a string of Hollywood classics like "The Exorcist," "Flash Gordon," "Minority Report," and "Shutter Island." Not many European actors have that sort of flex.
The actor was nominated for "Pelle the Conquerer," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," and probably should have won for "Hanna and Her Sisters" (until this day, we don't understand why this never happened). Sydow died in 2020, leaving behind him a wife, four children, and a remarkable career that will be spoken of for many years to come.
If the Academy viewed comedies the way they do heartfelt dramas, then Jim Carrey would be the Meryl Streep of the category. His comedy chops are truly masterful. He's even flexed his dramatic skills in films like "Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind," "Man on the Moon," and "Kidding."
Thankfully, he has six Golden Globe noms to show for himself. Carry was famously introduced in the early 1990s, and he, with no doubt, brought something new and exciting to the screen. In our opinion, he should have grasped the award, if not for his acting skills, then for being so adorably cute.
Saoirse Ronan is still a young talent, so perhaps we're getting ahead of ourselves, but with performances in a list of critically acclaimed list of films, it feels like we ought to have seen one by now. To be fair, she has already racked up four nominations for "Lady Bird," "Atonement," "Brooklyn," and "Little Women."
Do we predict a future Meryl or a future Glenn? We don't know but time will tell! These days, she is not wasting time. In 2021, she was busy working on "The French Dispatch"; in 2023, she filled "Foe," and her most recent project was "The Outrun."