With the 86th Annual Academy Awards fast approaching, we take a look at 10 actors who you won’t believe have never won an Oscar.
The Academy Awards are this Sunday and while many actors’ dreams will come true when they’re awarded with their own golden statue, there are many incredibly talented actors who have never won an Oscar. These are some of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, who we can’t believe don’t have an Oscar.
1. Amy Adams
Amy Adams has been nominated for five Academy Awards, with her most recent nomination coming from this year’s American Hustle. While most believe she’ll be one-upped by Cate Blanchett this year, she is more than deserving of a win.
The actress has proven time and time again that she is highly talented and while we’re surprised she’s never won, she has an incredibly long career ahead of her and we’re certain she’ll get her Oscar win sooner rather than later.
2. Johnny Depp
Thought of as one of the most talented actors of his generation, Depp has been nominated for an Academy Award three times. First for his incredible performance as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean back in 2003, then in Finding Neverland just a year later.
The actor’s last nomination was in 2007 for his role in Sweeney Todd, but he lost to Daniel Day-Lewis. He also lost to Sean Penn and Jamie Foxx, so it’s not as though he hasn’t had stiff competition, but we can’t imagine how he’s made it this far without an Oscar. Hopefully he’ll leave big franchises behind and do some more Oscar-worthy work in the future.
3. Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for his efforts in the arts, but can’t seem to win himself an Oscar. The actor has won multiple awards, including a Tony for his brilliant stage work, but with two nominations he is still without an Academy Award.
The good news is he’s still in the acting game, as he’ll be appearing in X-Men: Days of Future Past this year and The Hobbit: There and Back Again in December. Hopefully he’ll grab a role in the future that will finally get him that well deserved Oscar.
4. Glenn Close
Six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. Close was a highly talented actress mostly seen on Broadway until her breakout role in 1982 when she was cast as Jenny Fields in The World According to Garp along with Robin Williams.
She would later go on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role, but lost. She would then be nominated five more times over the next 30 years and yet still hasn’t received an Oscar. She continues to pursue great roles, as well as taking a role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, so it’s easy to predict that she will end up with an Oscar.
5. Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was nominated for his role in Stephen Spielberg’s Schindler’s List in 1994, which should have been a guaranteed win, but the award-snatching actor that is Tom Hanks won for his incredible role in Philadelphia. Neeson continues to make great films and we can’t imagine he’ll leave Hollywood before he’s given an opportunity to grace Hollywood’s brightest stage.
6. Gary Oldman
One of the most surprising names on our list, Gary Oldman has only received one Oscar nomination in his career, which was for his incredible role of George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He would go on to lose to Jean Dujardin for his role in the silent film The Artist.
Oldman is thought of as one of the best actors of our time and it’s quite surprising that he’s never won, let alone only received one nomination. His career remains strong and we have no doubt he’ll be rewarded with an Oscar before he decides its time to lay down the scripts.
7. Brad Pitt
Pitt’s talent only gets better with age and while he’s been nominated for an Academy Award five times, he’s yet to touch the gold. Pitt is a producer on 12 Years a Slave this year though, which is nominated for Best Picture, along with nine other categories.
While it may not be for Best Actor, Pitt will most likely be a happy man after the 86th Annual Academy Awards when his film pulls in half a dozen wins. We imagine Pitts the kind of guy who is just as proud to see his film win Best Picture than to win a solo award for himself.
8. Samuel L. Jackson
Talk about surprising, Samuel L. Jackson has only received one Oscar nomination over his entire 42-year acting career and still didn’t win. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Pulp Fiction, despite having equal screen time as the next person on our list.
9. John Travolta
John Travolta has received two Oscar nominations over his entire acting career. The actor’s performance in Pulp Fiction alone should have warranted a win, but he (along with all the other nominees) was crushed by the monster that was Tom Hanks in 1994’s Forrest Gump.
10. Leonardo DiCaprio
Yes, everyone knows this tale, but the actor has been nominated four times and still has an empty spot on his award shelf. This year Leonardo DiCaprio has again been nominated for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street and while the winner is expected to be Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, Leo will get his in due time.
Leo is still just 39 and his films keep getting better. While the DiCaprio curse is still holding strong, we think he’s bound to break the curse over what could end up being one of the most brilliant acting careers of our time.
Which actor does it surprise you the most to realize they haven’t won an Academy Award?