Actresses that Didn't Win the Oscar But Should Have


The Top Ten

1 Michelle Pfeiffer - The Fabulous Baker Boys

Should have won for this role, hands down!

She did it all!

2 Bette Davis - All About Eve Bette Davis - All About Eve Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances more.
3 Sigourney Weaver - Gorillas in the Mist

Next to Aliens, this was Sigourney Weaver's best movie. - nallimcamybloc

She should have won an Oscar for this movie!

4 Judy Garland - A Star Is Born Judy Garland -  A Star Is Born Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.
5 Michelle Pfeiffer - Love Field

Amazing performance.

6 Kathleen Turner - Peggy Sue Got Married
7 Whoopi Goldberg - The Color Purple
8 Toni Collette - The Sixth Sense

The scene with Haley Joel Osment in the car alone is enough for an Oscar win!

Amazing actress in everything she does!

9 Sigourney Weaver - Aliens

Yes. Sigi was amazing in "Gorillas in the Mist" but Aliens is special one! In 1986 She was really the best - Alexandr

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10 Kate Winslet - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Really against your for her and she sort of switched the comedic role with Jim Carrey who is actually great as the "straigh guy" for a change in his stereotyped roles.

The Contenders

11 Julianne Moore - Far From Heaven Julianne Moore  -  Far From Heaven
12 Sharon Stone - Casino
13 Jodie Foster - Nell

Perfect performance. Jessica Lange's performance was good but the movie was horrible. Oscar is never ready to give Jodie or Meryl their 3rd oscar. Jodie was robbed.

14 Rinko Kikuchi - Babel
15 Winona Ryder - Little Women

Breathtakingly amazing. brought jo march to life

16 Susan Sarandon - The Client
17 Ellen Burstyn - Requiem for a Dream

While Julia Roberts was clearly excellent and memorable in Erin Brockovich, I feel the performance is a bit overrated, especially when compared to Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream. Roberts is convincing as the sharp-tongued environmental activist, but as the plucky can-do yet vulnerable woman, it's both a role we've seen before and a role we've seen Roberts play before. On the contrary, Burstyn gave a mesmerizing performance as Sara Goldfarb, an aging woman desperate for the attention of her narcotics-dealing son and searching for a sense of purpose in her life since the death of her husband. Sara's life seems to take a turn for the better when she is invited to appear on her favorite television program, but first she must suppress her food addiction in order to fit in her husband's favorite red dress. As the movie progresses, we see Sara essentially lose her mind from diet pills as her refrigerator comes to life and people from the T.V. appear in her apartment to taunt her. ...more

18 Kate Winslet - Titanic

Helen Hunt was good but Kate Winslet was phenomenal

19 Emma Thompson - Sense and Sensibility

She did win can oscar for her screenplay if that's a consolation.

20 Julia Roberts - Pretty Woman
21 Geena Davis - Thelma & Louise
22 Emily Watson - Breaking the Waves
23 Renée Zellweger - Bridget Jones's Diary
24 Brenda Blethyn - Secrets & Lies
25 Julianne Moore - The End of the Affair
26 Meryl Streep - Doubt

Amy Adams was standing out in this movie, so I'm glad that the overrated actress didn't win.

Honestly, This was in her "Top 3 Performances, " Well Done, Meryl Streep!

27 Linda Blair - The Exorcist Linda Blair - The Exorcist
28 Melanie Griffith - Working Girl
29 Laura Dern - Rambling Rose
30 Emma Thompson - The Remains of the Day
31 Susan Sarandon - Lorenzo's Oil
32 Diane Lane - Unfaithful
33 Holly Hunter - The Firm
34 Jennifer Tilly - Bullets Over Broadway
35 Emily Watson - Hilary and Jackie
36 Anjelica Huston - The Grifters Anjelica Huston - The Grifters

Arching an eyebrow isn't done any better than by Anjelica Huston. Her performance was Oscar worthy for sure! She surpassed her Prizzi's Honor role by making you hate her cunning and seductive way of robbing people blind.

37 Viola Davis - The Help
38 Kareena Kapoor - Jab We Met
39 Glenn Close - Fatal Attraction
40 Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were

It was puzzling why Glenda Jackson won best actress. I think it was poltics and jealousy happing around Barbra Streisand's success of the movie and song.

41 Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl

In many years time, this performance will have become iconic, and Julianne Moore's win will look unfair.

42 Amy Adams - American Hustle

This movie did get so many Oscars nominees, but it's Amy Adams who's really stand out in this movie.
If you ask me the overrated Jennifer Lawrence don't deserve even a nomination. This actress is so annoying and arrogant. Amy Adams really deserves to win an oscar even if this movie is not one of her best movies ( I'm refering to the moviescript and not Amy Adams's performance here ).

43 Angela Lansbury - The Manchurian Candidate
44 Jamie Lee Curtis - Halloween
45 Lauren Bacall - The Mirror Has Two Faces
46 Judy Davis - Husbands and Wives
47 Lynn Redgrave - Gods and Monsters
48 Shohreh Aghdashloo - House of Sand and Fog
49 Julie Christie - Away from Her
50 Felicity Huffman - Transamerica
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