20 Amazing Actors You Won't Believe Have Never Won an Oscar
14th May, 2021
As fans, we give actors our heart, soul, and tears. Too bad we cannot give them as Oscar, but if it was up to us, these stars would surely make the cut. Every industry has its set of accolades and accomplishments people aim to achieve. In the glamorous battlefield that Hollywood becomes every award season, The Academy Awards’ Golden Statuette is most coveted. Winning the Oscar is the highest honor as the panel deems one worthy only after they have passed multiple judgement criteria to display utter mastery of their craft. Here is a list of stars that have managed to conquer our hearts with their moving performances and have gained fame, fortune, and everything, but an Oscar. Keep reading to find out how many names on this list leave you baffled.
Variety is the spice of life and this stands true for Micheal Keaton’s roles. The fan-favorite star has graced the silver screens over the years with various film genres. Be it thrillers, rom-coms, actions, he has done it all. However, none of these have won him an Academy Award and we’re ready to protest. The closest he got was in Birdman, which got him his first Oscar nomination.
Edward Norton is one of the few actors who was nominated for an Oscar right after their debut. He was nominated again for American History X and Birdman, and it seems to be a case of so close but still so far with this genius actor. Having starred in several critically acclaimed movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Fight Club, Norton has done justice to all of his characters.
Johnny Depp first appeared in A Nightmare On Elm Street, and was first nominated for the best actor award in the Oscars for his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow, and rightfully so. The character remains the actor’s most iconic role. Depp’s next nominations came with movies Finding Neverland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but, sadly, neither of those nominations proved to be a win.
Robert Downey Jr.
The torchbearer of the Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. is more than the iron suit-clad superhero we have come to know and love. But, apart from being a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, Downey Jr. is also known for his work in Sherlock Holmes, Tropic Thunder, and Zodiac. The actor was nominated for the Oscars twice, for Chaplin and Tropic Thunder.
Norman Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man still gives us goosebumps and is proof of William Dafoe’s incredible acting chops. At Eternity’s Gate, Lighthouse, Platoon, and Vampire are some of his other stellar works of art. His role in Platoon got him his first Academy Award nomination and our fingers are crossed for a statuette with his name now!
Eastern Promises gave Viggo Mortensen his first Academy Award nomination. Two of his other movies Captain Fantastic and Green Book met with the same fate, which makes us think he’s long overdue for the accolades. His work in A Dangerous Method, A History of Violence, Appaloosa, and The Lord of The Rings is also noteworthy.
Toni Collette shone so bright with her performance in The Sixth Sense, it’s no brainer that the film got her a nomination for the Oscars. The Australian actress has graced Broadway and also boasts of a Tony nomination. Some other notable performances of this talented actress include About A Boy, Hereditary, Knives Out, and Little Miss Sunshine.
The world will forever fondly remember Peter Sellers as the perfect face for the less-than-competent detective Inspector Clouseau in Pink Panther. The actor has equally outstanding performances in movies like Being There and Dr. Strangelove. It was briefly after being awarded a Golden Globe for Being There that the actor passed away, to our collective loss.
Helena Bonham Carter
The brilliance that is Helena Bonham Carter deserves all the awards the industry has to offer. However, she has only made it on the Oscar nominees list twice, thanks to The King’s Speech and The Wings of the Dove. Other movies of hers we love include Alice In Wonderland, Fight Club, Howards End, and Les Misérables.
Sigourney Weaver is considered the torchbearer for women in sci-fi action films. The actress is best known for her portrayal of Ellen Ripley in the Alien movies, which also earned her an Oscar nomination for the best actress category. She appeared again on the Oscar nominees list owing to her performance in Gorillas in The Mist and Working Girls. Fourth time lucky maybe?
Jessica Chastain embarked on her Hollywood journey after entering her 30s. Few years down the line and one smashing role in The Help was all she needed to reap the benefits of her hardwork and talent. She was later seen in Zero Dark Thirty as a CIA agent. Chastain’s portrayal of Maya in the critically acclaimed movie got her precious awards from critics and even won an Academy Award nomination.
Glenn Close is the most perfect Cruella de Vil to ever exist, and 1996’s 101 Dalmatians is all the proof needed. One of the greatest actresses of her generation, she is also the winner of multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony awards. Close also holds the record for the only actress to have 7 Academy Award nominations to her name, but tragically zero wins.
An amazing actress with movies like American Hustle, Doubt, The Fighter, and Vice, Amy Adams needs no introductions. Her enactment of Lois Lane in the Superman movies is one of the best the role has been essayed. Presently one of the finest Hollywood has, Adams has appeared in 6 nominations for the Academy Award and has won 2 Golden Globes.
Ralph Fiennes, sorry, He Who Must Not Be Named, is a master of the silver screen. His roles in The English Patient, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Reader, and Schindler’s List are worthy of applause and nobody’s forgetting the chills Voldemort gave them anytime soon. In spite of so many brilliant roles the actor has only been nominated for the Oscars twice.
Judy Garland was the best Dorothy we have ever seen, and her Academy Juvenile Award speaks for it. However, that was the only time the graceful actress took the Oscar home. The Meet Me In St. Louis actress was nominated for the prestige again for her work in A Star Is Born and Judgement at Nuremberg, but could not get it in the bag.
Argo and The Artist are movies that have quite a few things in common. Both won at the Oscars, both have the same actor, and in both films, the golden statuette gave the actor a miss. Not even for his work in Coen brothers’ movies — which are frequent winners at the Academy Awards — got John Goodman an Oscar nomination, which is frankly a shame.
Angela Bassett has played multiple roles we can’t stop admiring, including movies like Jumping the Broom, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Waiting to Exhale, and The Rosa Parks Story. However, it was her portrayal of Tina Turner in 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do With It that got her first and last Academy Award nomination.
If you tell us you don’t know who Liam Neeson is, we will find you and we will kill you. His performance in 1993’s Schindler’s List was enough to permanently imprint the man on the brains of millions. The movie won 7 Oscar nominations and the only category it missed was the best actor’s. Although Neeson was competing against Tom Hanks, so we won’t pick sides this once.
If you don’t think of Jim Carrey as one of the best comic actors in Hollywood, we may need to have a chat. Movies like Ace Ventura and The Mask back up our claim. But, did you know, it was Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind and The Truman Show that got him two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe win?