10 talented actors who never won an Oscar Award

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the highest, most prestigious, renowned, and popular film industry awards. Every year, these awards are given to the best people in the film industry for their artistic or technical capabilities. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) gives these awards.

It is the dream of every actor in the film industry to win the golden statuette, famously known as the ‘Oscar.’ Having this Oscar is a matter of pride, prestige, and a certificate of excellence. However, there are many good actors without Oscars in the industry. Despite giving some amazing and path-breaking performances over the years, these actors have never managed to win an Academy Award. Here is a list of ten such actors.

  • Bradley Cooper

Despite giving many mesmerizing performances in some of the finest movies of all time, Cooper still manages to top the list of famous actors without oscar. However, he has been nominated to get the figurine three times in a row. He was first nominated in 2013 for the award of Best Actor for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook. The next year, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in American Hustle, and for his part in American Sniper in the lead role. However, he was overshadowed by Daniel Day-Lewis, Jared Leto, and Eddie Redmayne, respectively.

  • Amy Adams

Amy Adams can perhaps be called the actress with the most Oscar nominations without a win. She has been nominated for the prestigious Academy Awards for a whopping six times. Five of these nominations were for the Best Supporting Actress. She was nominated for this category first in 2006 for Junebug, then in 2009 for Doubt, in 2011 for The Fighter, in 2013 for The Master, and the latest in 2019 for Vice. Along with these, she was also nominated for Best Actress for the film American Hustle in 2014. Sadly, she couldn’t win the golden statuette.

  • Helena Bonham Carter

The fierce and dreadful Bellatrix Lestrange, as Helena Bonham Carter is popular in pop culture, is an amazing actress. However, she, too, is on the list of actors without Oscars. She has been nominated twice for the Academy Awards. For the first time, she was nominated for the Academy Award for the best actress in 1998 for her role in The Wings of the Dove. After around 13 years, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The King’s Speech. She couldn’t win both of the times, making her one of the most famous actors without oscar.

  • Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp, known for his memorable roles as Captain Jack Sparrow in the popular The Pirates of The Caribbean series, has also made it to the list of actors without Oscars. Depp has been nominated thrice for the Academy Awards. In 2004 as the Best Actor for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2005 as the Best Actor for Finding Neverland, and 2008 for his leading part in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. However, he lost to Sean Penn, Jamie Foxx, and Daniel-Day Lewis over the years. This makes him one of the most famous actors without oscar.

  • Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr is one of the most unlucky actors when it comes to Academy Awards. He was first nominated in 1993 for his leading role in Chaplin. Then, he lost to Al Pacino. He was again nominated in 2009 for the category of Best Supporting Actor. However, no nominees had the chance to win the award that year as it was posthumously given to Heath Ledger. Currently, RDJ is trapped in the image of Tony Stark, and one cannot tell when he will get his next nomination. He remains the topper of famous actors without oscar.

  • Will Smith

Another big name in the list of Actors Without Oscars, Will Smith, has been nominated twice for the Academy Awards. First, he was nominated for the category of Best Actor for his leading role in the biopic Ali. Later, he was again nominated for his leading role in The Pursuit of Happyness but couldn’t win this time too. Frankly, it was a good film. Here is a review by IMDB. He has recently sabotaged his relationship with the Academy by accusing it of being racist!

  • Keanu Reeves

Astonishingly, Keanu Reeves is on the list of actors who never won oscar. More surprisingly, he hasn’t even been nominated to date for the Academy Awards!

  • Sharon Stone

Another surprising name in the list of actors without Oscars, Sharon Stone, has been nominated to get the golden statuette only once. She was nominated for her leading role in Casino in 1996. However, she lost to Susan Saradone that year and has never been nominated since then. However, she is quite an amazing actress.

  • Saoirse Ronan

Quite a young entry into the list of actors without Oscars, Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for the Academy Awards for a whopping four times. She was nominated for the Best Actress category in 2020 (Little Women), 2018 (Ladybird), and 2016 (Brooklyn). Her first nomination was for the category of Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for Atonement.

  • Jake Gyllenhall

Another unfortunate entry in the list of actors without Oscars. Even after giving incredible performances in Nightcrawler, Prisoners, and Nocturnal Animals, he has been nominated for the academy awards only once. In 2006, he was nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his amazing performance in Brokeback Mountain. Unfortunately, he lost the golden statuette to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was awarded for his Capote performance.

Conclusion

Although all the above actors never won Oscar, their contribution to the film industry is humongous. Not winning an Oscar proves that they are unlucky, not bad actors!

 

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