Best Actors to Never Win An Oscar

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The Top Ten

1 Johnny Depp Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.

Each and every movie Johnny Depp is in is worth watching. In 90% of them if the academy weren't slipping on their drool or finding the stuipedest movie to award he'd have won ages ago not to mention he'd have won more than once. This is why I cannot stand to watch the awards anymore, DiCapprio also deserves more than one, Thank You.

Depp wouldn't be my first choice - I don't feel that he's demonstrated quite the emotional range of some of his contemporaries - but he's quite good all the same and I do think that he's put in some award-worthy performances. I was most impressed with him in Donnie Brasco myself. - miketheratguy

Johnny depp is my favourite hero. I liked his character Captain Jack Sparrow. He is the best actor and human being in the world.

Whoa seeing all these good actors makes me think jow the hell hae any of them not got an oscar. Rowan atkinson and kevin bacon should be on this list too

2 Edward Norton Edward Norton Edward Harrison Norton is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman.

Definitely deserves an oscar for Fight Club, Primal Fear, American History X or the 25th Hour

Definitely deserved one for American history x or primal fear.

Primal Fear and American History X were his to win. Yet somehow, he was denied. Unfortunately I feel that his best work is behind him at this point. - miketheratguy

3 Peter O'Toole Peter O'Toole Peter James O'Toole was a British stage and film actor of Irish descent. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company before making his film debut in 1959.

HELLO!? Show some respect to the guy! Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter, Venus, amazing movies, deserved an Oscar more than almost anyone in the world!

4 Richard Burton Richard Burton

Deserved a win for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf among the many nominations he received. - Dancedom

5 Albert Finney
6 Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr.Bean

MR BEAN...wish there were more of you...

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Expressions

I've got nothing against Rowan Atkinson but I don't think that the people who voted him as one of the top ten most deserving Oscar winners quite understand the criteria for which Oscars are supposed to be awarded. : ) - miketheratguy

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7 Ed Harris Ed Harris
8 Tom Cruise Tom Cruise Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards.
9 Gary Oldman Gary Oldman Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television.

Gary Oldman has only ever gotten one nomination, I personally think he is the most underrated actor of all time, watch Leon and then rate him outta ten

Thankfully as of 2018 we can FINALLY strike Oldman's name off of this kind of list. - miketheratguy

Dracula, JFK, True Romance, Leon: The Proffesional, give this man an Oscar already. - BeatlesFan1964

10 Brad Pitt Brad Pitt William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories and received three further Academy Award nominations, winning one, as producer under his ...read more.

He is cool and very versatile actor. He is new in every movie but I guess being very sexy/hot/handsome/talented man is a crime nowadays. - Magnolia

He most definitely deserved an Oscar for his performance in "Fury". That performance went unrecognized by anyone. What a shame! - mood333

The Contenders

11 Warren Beatty
12 Will Smith Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. born September 25, 1968, is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies including, but are not limited to, the Men in Black lineup, Pursuit of Happyness, I am legend, ...read more.

Smith is capable of putting in strong performances when he actually tries. Unfortunately he's usually content not to. - miketheratguy

This guy deserves a oscar

13 James McAvoy James McAvoy James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He made his acting début as a teen in 1995's The Near Room and continued to make mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film career began and he continued to work in both areas from then on.

His big day will come

... Please give him a least a nomination

I agree! please. At least give him a nomination!

14 Jim Carrey Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask , Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ...read more.

The only thing I think he should have been nominated for was The Truman Show. Being that this was 1998 and Billy Bob Thornton was in A Simple Plan that year I don't think that Carrey should have won, but I do think that he at least deserved the nomination. - miketheratguy

He at least deserved a nomination for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - BeatlesFan1964

Funny Times come on

15 Montgomery Clift

One of the greatest actors of all-time. - truckturner

16 Robert Downey Jr

But he should have one or more!

17 Djimon Hounsou Djimon Hounsou
18 Liam Neeson Liam Neeson Liam John Neeson, OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur.
19 Sam Rockwell Sam Rockwell
20 Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie ...read more.
21 Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980) is an American actor, known for his work in films like "Donnie Darko", "Brokeback Mountain", "Prisoners" and "Nightcrawler". He is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner. Jake and his sister Maggie have been ...read more.

Yeah, I believe he deserves at least one Oscar. Nothing more, just one.

22 John Malkovich John Malkovich John Gavin Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) is an American actor, producer, director, and fashion designer. Over the last 30 years of his career, Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. ...read more.
23 Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix

A very committed, very emotional performer. Phoenix is overdue. - miketheratguy

24 Arthur Kennedy
25 Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni
26 James Caan James Caan James Edmund Caan is an American actor. After early roles in films such as El Dorado, Caan came into prominence in the 1970s with significant roles in films such as Brian's Song, The Godfather, The Gambler, Funny Lady and A Bridge Too Far.
27 Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas
28 George Segal George Segal
29 Elliott Gould
30 Don Cheadle Don Cheadle
31 Matt Damon Matt Damon Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.
32 James Mason James Mason James Neville Mason (15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was an English actor. After achieving much success in the United Kingdom, where he was the top box office attraction in 1944 and 1945, he made the transition to the United States and became one of Hollywood's biggest stars. ...read more.
33 Bradley Cooper Bradley Cooper Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award.
34 Nick Nolte Nick Nolte Nicholas King "Nick" Nolte is an American actor and former model. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1991 film The Prince of Tides.
35 Mark Ruffalo
36 Michael Fassbender Michael Fassbender Michael Fassbender is a German-Irish actor of stage and screen whose career includes roles in both independent and blockbuster films, most notably; Hunger, Inglourious Basterds, Shame, X-Men: First Class, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave, Frank, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Steve Jobs.
37 John Travolta John Travolta John Joseph Travolta is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
38 Roy Scheider
39 Stanley Tucci
40 Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (born 22 December 1962) is an English actor, director and producer. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. ...read more.
41 Richard Harris Richard Harris
42 Billy Bob Thornton
43 Sylvester Stallone Sylvester Stallone Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and producer.
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