15 Hollywood Greats Who Have Never Won An Academy Award

For some reason, some of the most gifted Hollywood stars always seen to be overlooked when it comes to awards season.

The homes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson are so full of esteemed golden statuettes that it leaves very little room for others to be recognised during the annual Academy Awards ceremony, so it’s left to us to honour those who have their winner’s speech still firmly tucked away in the pocket of their designer dress or tuxedo.

Below, listed in alphabetical order, are 15 incredibly talented Hollywood greats who are yet to win an Academy Award.


15. Amy Adams

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She may have won two Golden Globe Awards for her performances in American Hustle and Big Eyes, but the ridiculously gifted Amy Adams is yet to pick up an Academy Award.

Adams’ lack of Oscar wins is particularly surprising as to date she’s been nominated a staggering six times: five Best Supporting Actress nominations Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master and Vice, and one Best Actress nomination for American Hustle.

14. Kevin Bacon

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Since breaking into movies in the late 70s, Kevin Bacon has appeared in over 70 films, including supporting roles in a number of Oscar-winning hits such as Apollo 13, JFK and Mystic River.

Despite all this, Kevin Bacon himself has yet to receive a single Academy Award nomination.

13. Glenn Close

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After almost fifty years in the business, Glenn Close is one of the most esteemed actresses of her generation, and to date she’s been nominated for an Oscar on no less than eight occasions between 1983 and 2021.

Sadly for Close, this means she holds a record for the most Oscar nominations in an acting category without a single win.

12. Tom Cruise

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He’s come very close, receiving two Best Actor Oscar nominations for his performances in Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, plus a Best Supporting Actor nod for Magnolia.

However an Academy Award win has managed to elude Tom Cruise, despite him arguably being the biggest movie star on the whole planet.

11. Johnny Depp

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Depp received three Best Actor Oscar nominations in a five year spell, for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

However, unless he experiences a rapid change in fortune, Johnny Depp seems unlikely to get that elusive win anytime soon.

10. Clint Eastwood

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With a legendary career on both sides of the camera dating back all the way to the 50s, Clint Eastwood is a Hollywood institution, and the winner of four Oscars as the director and producer of both Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.

Even so, Eastwood has only been nominated for his acting on two occasions (also for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby), and was left empty-handed both times.

9. Harrison Ford

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He may have played some of the most well known characters in the history of Hollywood, but Indiana Jones and Han Solo star Harrison Ford has only ever received one Academy Award nomination, for 1985’s Witness.

Ford failed to pick up the gold that night, and all these years later he’s still never been nominated a second time.

8. Ed Harris

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We could have sworn that Ed Harris had been recognised at least once for his many incredible performances, yet the actor has yet to receive Oscar recognition.

This is despite Harris being nominated four times to date, for Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock and The Hours.

7. Bill Murray

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Bill Murray may be world renowned for his comedy work, but over the years he’s also built up a very respectable body of work as a dramatic actor.

Murray received his one Oscar nomination to date for Lost in Translation, which was widely expected to see him land the award, but this was not to be.

6. Edward Norton

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In recent years he’s built up a reputation for being something of a difficult on set presence, but Edward Norton has still received justifiable acclaim for his work as an actor.

Norton’s been Oscar-nominated three times (for Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman) but hasn’t been a winner yet.

5. Michelle Pfeiffer

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Michelle Pfeiffer received Academy Award nominations for Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Love Field.

Unfortunately, Pfeiffer lost out on each occasion, although this hasn’t stopped her being one of the most respected actresses of her generation.

4. Robert Redford

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Like Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford has won an Oscar for his directorial skills, and he ever picked up an honorary award in 2002.

Despite this, you may be surprised to learn that Redford has never received so much as a single nomination for his acting – and it seems he never well, as in 2018 he announced his retirement as an actor.

3. Alan Rickman

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Before leaving us far too early in 2016, the sadly missed Alan Rickman became a screen legend, in particular thanks to several of the greatest bad guy performances ever.

Unfortunately, the late actor was never even nominated for an Oscar, although he was recognised by BAFTA, the Golden Globes, the Emmys and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

2. Winona Ryder

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Since the success of Stranger Things, Winona Ryder is best known today for her TV work, but for some time she was one of the brightest stars of the big screen.

The Academy nominated her two years in a row for The Age of Innocence and Little Women, but she failed to take home the gold on either occasion.

1. Sigourney Weaver

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Sigourney Weaver is another of the most respected actresses of her generation, and a three-time Oscar nominee for her work in Aliens, Working Girl and Gorillas in the Mist.

Alas, to date Weaver never walked home with a golden statuette at the the end of an Academy Awards ceremony, which we consider a great injustice.