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12 Famous Actors Who Have Surprisingly Never Won An Oscar

The 94th Academy Awards happened this year, and the awards went to celebs who are worth it. Some fans may be surprised to know that there are some of the biggest A-list actors have never won an Oscar, not even for Supporting Actor or a minor award. Even more shocking, some of them were never nominated at all.

Although awards do not clearly define a person or his career, it is still nice to be recognized for one’s efforts. Therefore, every year, the Academy Awards face criticism for their lack of diversity and for the films and actors who do not receive recognition. Why would the Academy nominate actors who are household names if they do not nominate mainstream films that the general public has seen?

These celebrities, who are always the bridesmaids and never the brides, do not have an Oscar to their name but we believe they should. Check out the list of 12 celebrities who, surprisingly, have never won an Oscar!

#1 Angela Bassett

Source: Parade

Bassett, a Hollywood fixture for over 30 years, received her first—and so far only—Oscar nomination for her role in the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It in 1993. However, she has received a SAG Award, a Golden Globe Award, and seven NAACP Image Awards and Emmy Awards.

#2 Annette Bening

Source: The New York Times

Bening has been nominated for four Oscars, most recently in the best-actress category for her role in 2011’s The Kids Are All Right, but she lost to Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan that year. Interestingly, Bening’s husband, Warren Beatty, is also 0-4 in acting Oscars, though he did win the best director for Reds in 1982.

#3 Ethan Hawke

Source: IndieWire

Hawke’s filmography is legendary, spanning indie and arthouse favorites (Reality Bites; the Before trilogy) to box office smashes (Dead Poets Society, Gattaca). Even though, he has only been nominated for an Oscar for acting twice, for Training Day in 2002 and Boyhood in 2015, and has never won.

#4 Glenn Close

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

Close has been nominated for an Oscar eight times for her roles in films such as The Big Chill (1983), Fatal Attraction (1987), and Dangerous Liaisons (1988), but she has never won one.

#5 Ian McKellen

actors who never won an OscarSource: Biography

The legendary actor has been nominated twice for his roles in Gods and Monsters in 1998 and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, but has yet to win. But don’t cry for him; he’s a proud recipient of seven Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, and a Golden Globe.

#6 Isabelle Huppert

actors who never won an OscarSource: Rotten Tomatoes

Despite all her astonishing work with the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Michael Haneke, Claire Denis, and Hong Sang-soo, Huppert has only been nominated for an Academy Award once in her 50-year career, for her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s erotic thriller Elle (2016).

#7 Liam Neeson

actors who never won an OscarSource: IMDb

In 1994, Neeson was nominated for best actor for his role in the Holocaust drama Schindler’s List. Many considered it a major upset when he didn’t win (that was the year Tom Hanks won the first of his two consecutive best-actor trophies, for Philadelphia and then Forrest Gump).

#8 Michelle Williams

actors who never won an OscarSource: The Movie Database

Williams has been nominated four times for her work, including Brokeback Mountain in 2005, Blue Valentine in 2010, My Week with Marilyn in 2011, and Manchester by the Sea in 2016. Do you think her next project, Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical drama The Fabelmans, be the one that finally puts her over the edge?

#9 Ralph Fiennes

actors who never won an Oscar Source: Biography

Fiennes was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 but lost to Tommy Lee Jones. He failed a second nomination for his leading role in 1996’s The English Patient, this time by Geoffrey Rush.

#10 Samuel L. Jackson

actors who never won an OscarSource: Archyde

Despite having one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood, Jackson did not win the best-supporting actor Oscar for his role in Pulp Fiction in 1994. Years later, after he failed for an Oscar nomination for The Hateful Eight in 2015, Jackson’s wife, LaTanya Richardson, stated that she and her husband had “moved on” from the snub.

#11 Sigourney Weaver

actors who never won an Oscar Source: Nsb Presets

Weaver has three Oscar nominations for her roles in Aliens, Working Girl, and Gorillas in the Mist. When she received both of the latter in 1989, she became only the fifth actor in history to receive two acting nominations in the same year—but she still hasn’t won.

#12 Stanley Tucci

actors who never won an Oscar Source: Wikimedia Commons

Tucci has only been nominated for one Oscar, for The Lovely Bones, despite memorable roles in films such as Julie & Julia and Big Night (which he co-directed with Campbell Scott). Tucci was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for the same role.

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