Hollywood Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar

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Hollywood Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar

Photo Credit. – Stars Insider

Several well-known actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Cate Blanchett,  Emma Stone, and others have received the award. However, there are some other A-list actors who despite their exploits and recognition have failed to win an Oscar.

Complete List of Hollywood Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar


Hollywood Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar

WILL SMITH. – Hollywood Reporter

Will Smith has won 4 Grammy awards so far,  he has also received two Oscar nominations for Ali (2002) which he lost to Denzel Washington and The Pursuit of Happiness (2007), which he lost to  Forest Whitaker. He was heavily nominated for the best actor for his role as Dr. Bennet Omalu in the 2015 film Concussion but failed to get a nomination this time.



Hollywood Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar


Michelle Williams is popularly known for her work in small-scale independent productions with dark or tragic themes that have so far been the recipient of several awards and recognition, including a Golden Globe Award while being nominated for four Academy Awards and one Tony Award. She has never won an Oscar regardless.



Hollywood Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar

TOM CRUISE. – Strait Time

The A-List actor has starred in various critically acclaimed films and box office hits as well, from Rain man to the Mission Impossible Franchise. Besides being one of the highest-paid actors, Tom Cruise has also received several awards like his three Golden Globes Awards as well as three Oscar nominations, but unfortunately without a win on the 3 occasions.



Hollywood Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar

AMY ADAMS. – Biography

Amy Adams is popular for both her comedic and dramatic performances and also being featured three times in annual rankings of the most -paid actresses in the world. Her great performances as an actor have earned her two Golden Globes awards, and nominations for six Academy Awards and seven British Academy Film Awards. Her most recent nomination came in 2018 for her role in Vice. Despite all her achievements, it’s surprising to know she has never won an Oscar.





As an actor, a producer, and activist, he has received a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award and three Academy Award nomination which came from skillful performances in Gladiator (2000), Walk the Line (2005), and The Master (2012). He is another A- list actor who has never won an Oscar.





He gained worldwide recognition for his roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of the Indiana Jones movie series. Five of his movies made it to the 30 top-grossing movies of all time at the US box office. His only nomination ever came in 1986 for his performance as John Book in the 1985 thriller Witness. Ford has no Oscar to his name.



JOHNNY DEPP. - Strait Times

JOHNNY DEPP. – Strait Times

Johnny is no doubt a  controversial and enigmatic actor who is one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, he is also one of the highest paid, and the third highest-grossing actor worldwide. Despite all his achievements, he has failed to win an Academy Award from three nominations he had in 2004, 2005, and 2008.


GLENN CLOSE. - Backstage

GLENN CLOSE. – Backstage

Glenn Close holds the record of having the highest nominations as an actress without a win, she has been nominated for an Oscar, seven times. The veteran actress, singer, and producer is, however, has many other awards to her name, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards.



LIAM NEESON. - The National

LIAM NEESON. – The National

Neeson rose to stardom when he starred as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List (1993), a performance which earned him his first and only Oscar nomination. He didn’t win.



EDWARD NORTON. - Rotten Tomatoes

EDWARD NORTON. – Rotten Tomatoes

Edward Norton has two Academy Award nominations to his name. His most memorable performance was his role as a reformed neo-Nazi in 1998’s American History X that made him have his first nomination for Best Actor. His second nomination came for his feature in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s 2012 Birdman. He has won no Oscar.



BILL MURRAY. - Complex

BILL MURRAY. – Complex

The A-list actor, voice actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer has received many awards and recognition which include two Grammys, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. however he has never won an Academy Award, his only nomination came in 2003 for his role in Lost in Translation.



RALPH FIENNES . - European Films Awards

RALPH FIENNES . – European Films Awards

Ralph has so far received two Academy Award nominations. His most memorable performance was his character of Nazi war criminal Amon Göth in Schindler’s List (1993). His performance got him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and also Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, he also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His second  nomination came for his character as Count Almásy in The English Patient (1996)


SAMUEL L. JACKSON. - Getty Images

SAMUEL L. JACKSON. – Getty Images

Jackson receives critical acclaim and numerous recognition and awards, Jackson is also the highest-grossing actor all over the world. He has however earned just one Oscar nomination which came in 1995 for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. He, however, lost the award to Martin Landau. He has never won an Oscar.





Annette won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for American Beauty. She is also a four-time Academy Award nominee for films like The Grifters (1990), American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), and The Kids Are All Right (2010). In 2006, she received a film star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Although she has never won an Oscar.



JOHN  TRAVOLTA. - Nicki Swift

JOHN TRAVOLTA. – Nicki Swift

John Travolta became famous during the 1970s, appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979) and earned his first Academy Awards nomination for Saturday Night Fever (1977). After his career declined through the 1980s, Travolta started to enjoy a resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction (1994), a performance that earned him his second Oscar nomination. He never won either of the Oscar nominations.


Robert Downey, Jr.

Robert Downey, Jr. - Getty Images

Robert Downey, Jr. – Getty Images

He was once listed by Forbes as Hollywood’s single highest-paid actor from 2013-2015 has earned two academy awards for Chaplin (1992) and Tropic Thunder (2002), but failed to win on both occasions.



BRAD PITT. - Cheat Sheet

BRAD PITT. – Cheat Sheet

The A-list actor received an Academy Award as a producer for 12 Years a Slave but has failed to win as an actor, having been nominated in three different occupations. Pitt, however, continues to be one of the most bankable actors Hollywood has ever produced.