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Here Are Some Talented Hollywood Stars Who Have Never Been Nominated For An Oscar

The Oscars are the most prestigious and highly anticipated cinematic event of the year, yet they are not without flaws. While some worst films and performances win the coveted awards, some high-rated movies are left empty-handed or even not nominated.

There is a long list of actors and directors… that you think they deserve an Academic award, but in fact, they don’t get any nominations. Year after year, they bring the audiences their great performances, yet their names are never announced when the presenter opens the envelope.

Here are some talented actors and actresses who have never been nominated for the Academy Award. Some are true Hollywood legends, others have been box office attractions, and they all surprised fans by not being on the list of nominees. Scroll down to know who they are.

#1 Alan Rickman

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins (1996), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

#2 Martin Sheen

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Kit in Badlands (1973), Capt. Benjamin L. Willard in Apocalypse Now (1979), Queenan in The Departed (2006)

#3 Steve Buscemi

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Carl Showalter in Fargo, Seymour in Ghost World, Nikita Khrushchev in The Death of Stalin

#4 Kurt Russell

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Herb Brooks in Miracle (2004), John Ruth in The Hateful Eight (2015), Sheriff Hunt in Bone Tomahawk (2015)

#5 Donald Sutherland

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Renton in Trainspotting (1996), Christian in Moulin Rouge! (2001), Joe Taylor in Young Adam (2003), Ed Bloom in Big Fish (2003)

#6 Rita Hayworth

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Gilda in Gilda (1946), Elsa Bannister in The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Sadie Thompson in Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

#7 Ewan McGregor

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Gilda in Gilda (1946), Elsa Bannister in The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Sadie Thompson in Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

#8 Richard Gere

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Julian in American Gigolo (1980), Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Billy Flynn in Chicago (2002)

#9 Jamie Lee Curtis

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Ophelia in Trading Places (1983), Wanda in A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Helen in True Lies (1994)

#10 Jeffrey Wright

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Jean Michel Basquiat in Basquiat (1996), Bennett Holiday in Syriana (2005), Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records (2008), Colin Powell in W. (2008)

#11 Jeff Daniels

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Bernard Berkman in The Squid and the Whale (2005), Sig Mickelson in Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

#12 Mia Farrow

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Rosemary in Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Cecilia in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

#13 Kevin Bacon

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Henri Young in Murder in the First (1995), Jack Swigert in Apollo 13 (1995), Sean Devine in Mystic River (2003), Walter in The Woodsman (2004)

#14 Oscar Isaac

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Llewyn Davis in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Nathan in Ex Machina (2014), William Tell in The Card Counter (2021)

#15 Emily Blunt

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Emily in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Kate Macer in Sicario (2015), Rachel in The Girl on the Train (2016)

#16 Rene Russo

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Karen Flores in Get Shorty (1995), Robby Keough in Outbreak (1995), Nina Romina in Nightcrawler (2014)

#17 Jim Carrey

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Truman Burbank in The Truman Show (1998), Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (1999), Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

#18 Demi Moore

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Molly Jensen in Ghost (1990), Jordan O’Neill in GI Jane (1997), Virginia in Bobby (2006)

#19 Maureen O’Hara

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Angharad in How Green Was My Valley (1941), Mrs. Kathleen Yorke in Rio Grande (1950), Mary Kate Danaher in The Quiet Man (1952)

#20 Thandiwe Newton

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Beloved in Beloved (1998), Regina Lambert in The Truth About Charlie (2002), Christine in Crash (2004)

#21 John Turturro

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Bernie Bernbaum in Miller’s Crossing (1990), Barton Fink in Barton Fink (1991), Herbie Stempel in Quiz Show (1994)

#22 Dennis Quaid

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Remy McSwain in The Big Easy (1986), Arnie Metzger in Traffic (2000), Frank Whitaker from Far from Heaven (2002)

#23 Bruce Willis

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction (1994), James Cole in Twelve Monkeys (1995), Malcolm Crowe in The Sixth Sense (1999), David Dunn in Unbreakable (2000)

#24 Michelle Yeoh

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Eleanor Young in Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

#25 Colin Farrell

Past performances that could have been nominated:

Ray in In Bruges (2008), David in The Lobster (2015), Steven Murphy in The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Corporal McBurney in The Beguiled (2017)