15 Actors Who Have Conquered Millions Of Hearts But Never Won An Oscar

The Oscars is the most prestigious awards show in Hollywood, and the statue is a coveted prize for all great actors. An Oscar award indicates true mastery of the acting craft. However, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t actors with incredible skills that are yet to get one.
Tale Glenn Close as an example. The actress who has been acting for decades had been snubbed one too many times by the Awards, with eight Oscar nominations but without having ever won. The same circumstance also comes to Robert Downey Jr. The actor stole millions of the audience of hearts thanks to his portrayal of Tony Stark but was given an Oscar nod.
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#1 Amy Adams

Actors who never won an OscarSource:© Arrival / 21 Laps Entertainment© American Hustle / Atlas Entertainment 

Amy Adams got 6 Oscar nominations for movies like Doubt, The Master, and American Hustle but never won one. The reason is perhaps that she began her career rather later – she was already 25 years old at the time she pursued an acting career.

#2 Bradley Cooper

Source: © American Hustle / Atlas Entertainment© Silver Linings Playbook / Mirage Enterprises

Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Oscar 3 times for movies like Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and American Sniper.

#3 Saoirse Ronan

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © Brooklyn / Wildgaze Films© Atonement / Working Title Films

Despite her young age, she has taken part in the race for the most prestigious movie award 4 times for Atonement, Brooklyn, Lady Bird, and Little Women. Unfortunately, she never won one.

#4 Helena Bonham Carter

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © The King`s Speech / See Saw Films© Fight Club / Art Linson Productions

Tim Burton’s muse had been nominated for an Oscar twice for The Wings of the Dove and The King’s Speech. Both times, luck wasn’t on Carter’s side. She’s also a 9-time Golden Globe nominee and never won.

#5 Johnny Depp

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street / DreamWorks Pictures© Pirates of the Caribbean / Walt Disney Pictures

Throughout his career, Johnny Depp got 3 Oscar nominations. 3 times are for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He said that he acted not for the sake of winning awards but for his fans.

#6 Sharon Stone

Source: © Casino / Universal© Basic Instinct / Canal+

Sharon Stone starred in more than 40 films but she was nominated for an Oscar only once for her part in Casino.

#7 Bill Murray

Source: © Groundhog Day / Columbia Pictures Corporation© Lost in Translation / Focus Features

Like Sharon Stone, Bill Murray was nominated for an Oscar only once in 2004 for his part in Lost in Translation. Despite Murray’s parts in such iconic movies, as Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters, he’s never won any awards for them.

#8 Keanu Reeves

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © The Devil`s Advocate / Warner Bros. Pictures© The Matrix / Groucho II Film Partnership

Keanu Reeves stole millions of hearts for his performances in multiple movies like Speed and Point Break, and The Matrix but has never been nominated for an Oscar.

#9 Tom Cruise

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles / Geffen Pictures© Jerry Maguire / Gracie Films

Known for being a talented actor, Tom Cruise got an Oscar nomination for Best Actor 3 times for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, and Magnolia. We hope that Tom Cruise still has a good chance to win an Oscar in the future, just like Leonardo DiCaprio who had to wait for 20 years for his first Oscar.

#10 Jessica Chastain

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © The Help / DreamWorks© Zero Dark Thirty / Annapurna Pictures

Jessica Chastain was famous for her role in “The Help”. She was immediately nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category but didn’t win the golden statue at that time. After that, she has been nominated for an Oscar twice.

#11 Will Smith

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © The Pursuit of Happyness / Columbia Pictures Corporation© Ali / Columbia Pictures

Believe it or not, Will Smith has won very few serious acting awards but never won an Oscar. He was nominated for an Oscar 3 times for movies: Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, and King Richard.

#12 Michelle Williams

Source: © My Week with Marilyn / BBC Films© Blue Valentine / Hunting Lane Films

Williams has been an Oscar runner-up 4 times. 2 of the times she was nominated were in the Best Actress category for the movies Blue Valentine and My Week with Marilyn, and other times, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the movies Brokeback Mountain and Manchester by the Sea.

#13 Keira Knightley

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © The Imitation Game / Black Bear Pictures© Pride & Prejudice / Focus Features

Despite participating in many successful films, she has been nominated for Oscar twice and didn’t win. She got a nomination for her role in Pride & Prejudice for the first time, and the second one happened recently in 2015 for her part in the historical drama, The Imitation Game.

#14 Robert Downey Jr.

Actors who never won an OscarSource: © Chaplin / Canal+© Iron Man / Paramount Pictures

Robert Downey Jr. had great performances in his career. He was nominated for an Oscar for movies like Chaplin and Tropic Thunder and didn’t win. Currently, he is loved thanks to his portrayal of Tony Stark but he decides to stop playing Iron Man any longer because of his age.

#15 Glenn Close

Source: © 101 Dalmatians / Walt Disney Pictures© Albert Nobbs / Chrysalis Films

We can’t forget the character Cruella De Vil, played by Glenn Close, in the 101 Dalmatians movies. But, many might not know that the actress has been nominated for an Oscar 8 times and never won.
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