Oscars 2019: 10 Best Actors Of All Time Have Never Won An Academy Award

Nagini Shree |Feb 26, 2019

Here we take a look at some of the most talented actors and actresses we all know and love who surprisingly haven't won an Oscar but they deserve more than one award.

When it comes to the acting career, an Oscar trophy must be the ultimate award that any actor desires. Oscars is the biggest annual event in the film industry, and this year there's a brilliant list of nominees who are eagerly anticipating their wins for the night. But it's safe to say that the Academy doesn't always get it right when it sometimes overlooks several of the biggest talents in Hollywood. Here are just ten artists who were and are stars and legends deserve an acting Oscars award, but have never been awarded one.

1. Charlie Chaplin

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Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, late legendary Charlie Chaplin lived an exciting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his favorite character, the Little Tramp. However, he never won an Oscar for either direction or acting. Amazingly, he was once nominated for Best Actor and Best Director for The Great Dictator.

2. Alfred Hitchcock

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Hitchcock is without a doubt listed as the best film director of all time. His films are heralded as some of the most influential movies around the world. Although Hitchcock had been nominated five times for best director, he had been repeatedly denied the Oscar. Some of the films he was nominated for would make it to a list of greatest movies of all time - Rear Window, Rebecca, Psycho.

3. Sergio Leone


The man who made squinting cool got no love from the Academy. He had the wisdom to cast Henry Fonda as a villain cut together some of the most excellent gunslinger sequences in cinema. Unfortunately, all his contribution neither did get him an Oscar nor even brought him a nomination.

4. Clint Eastwood

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It will be a shock for many people when seeing Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood's name on this list. Being known as an actor, he made cowboys a cult and added a new dimension to the cops with his rendition of Dirty Harry Callahan.

5. Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp has given many extraordinary performances over the years, but surprisingly the actor has still never won an Oscars. He broke our hearts as Edward Scissorhands, made us laugh as Ed Wood. 

6. Peter O’ Toole


Consider one of the best actors of all time, Peter received eight nominations over his nearly 60-year career but failed to bag any of them. Being offered an honorary Oscar in 2003, he hesitated, because he was “still in the game and might win the lovely bugger outright.” But it was not to be. He died in 2013, seven years after losing out on the Best Actor trophy for his performance in Venus to Forest Whittaker.

7. Marilyn Monroe

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One of the most iconic actors of all time, Marilyn Monroe never got an Oscar nomination. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire and Some Like It Hot may have gone down as classics, but Monroe never stood out enough for the Academy.

8. Glenn Close


During her 45 years in acting, Glenn Close owned significant hardware: Three Tonys, three Emmys, and three Globes. This year she scored her seventh Oscar nomination, she has yet to take a statue home.

9. Robert Downey Jr

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Robert Downey Jr is a charismatic actor with a massive number of fans, and talent to boot and And yet, this seasoned actor who has been through so much has yet to grab himself an Oscar. Nevertheless, he still is our Iron Man.

10. Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise has struck out three times at Oscars - Born on the Fourth of JulyJerry Maguire and Magnolia - but he's not out of this game yet. However, an Oscar has proved to be Mission Impossible for him so far.


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