For any actor working in Hollywood, winning the Oscar statuette is pretty much the holy grail, the ultimate career achievement.
Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his in 2016 for The Revenant after becoming the butt of the joke that he’d never win one.
However, there are actually a fair few actors who you’ll be surprised have never won an Academy Award for their work.
With the 2023 ceremony taking place tonight (Sunday, March 12) , we take a look back at some of your favourite near-missers.
Here is her Oscar nomination black book:
- Best Supporting Actress, Junebug, 2006
- Best Supporting Actress, Doubt, 2009
- Best Supporting Actress, The Fighter, 2011
- Best Supporting Actress, The Master, 2013
- Best Actress, American Hustle, 2014
- Best Supporting Actress, Vice, 2019
Her performance in Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy was also favoured for a nomination, but when the nominees were announced, Adams’ name was nowhere to be seen.
It only feels like a matter of time before Adams finally wins an Oscar, but she will have to wait a little longer yet.
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride – Glenn Close has had a shocking number of nominations to have never taken an Oscar home.
She has been nominated for the following:
- Best Supporting Actress, The World According to Garp, 1983
- Best Supporting Actress, The Big Chill, 1984
- Best Supporting Actress, The Natural, 1985
- Best Actress, Fatal Attraction, 1988
- Best Actress, Dangerous Liaisons, 1989
- Best Actress, Albert Nobbs, 2012
- Best Actress, The Wife, 2017
- Best Supporting Actress, Hillbilly Elegy, 2021
Throughout the 90s Tom Cruise came very close to winning an Oscar, with many a strong performance.
He had been nominated for his roles in the following:
- Best Actor, Born on the Fourth of July, 1990
- Best Actor, Jerry Maguire, 1997
- Best Supporting Actor, Magnolia, 2000
Top Gun: Maverick, is nominated for best picture this year, meaning that Tom could finally be able to grab himself an award,
Robert Downey Jr
He has been nominated twice, once for Best Actor playing Charlie Chaplin in 1992, and the other for Best Supporting for his controversial role in Tropic Thunder, where he played a method actor who uses blackface makeup to get into his latest role.
Now that he truly seems done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey Jr’s name may once again creep into Academy nominations, should the roles come his way.
While he’s had blockbuster success as Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise and as M in James Bond – Ralph Fiennes is also renowned for his dramatic acting on stage and screen.
But the cherished actor is yet to win an Oscar, having been nominated twice – once for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 for Schindler’s List, and once for Best Actor for his role in The English Patient in 1997.
In fact, Ford has only ever been nominated once before, in 1986 for his role in Peter Weir’s Witness.
Could there be a late career role that will finally earn the veteran star a golden statuette?
But he has only ever been nominated for an Oscar once, back in the 2006 ceremony, where he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.
Samuel L. Jackson
But yet, he is another highly acclaimed actor that has yet to claim Hollywood’s top prize.
In fact, he has only been nominated once for Best Supporting Actor for his iconic role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, in the ceremony that took place back in 1995.
One of the most iconic actresses of all-time, Sigourney Weaver is another popular actress who has yet to win an Oscar.
She was nominated for Aliens in 1987, and Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl in 1989.
Since then, she’s been in a number of critically acclaimed flicks, but failed to be recognised by the Academy.
While she has been nominated numerous times at the Academy Awards, she is yet to net gold.
She has been nominated for the following:
- Best Supporting Actress, Brokeback Mountain, 2006
- Best Actress, Blue Valentine, 2011
- Best Actress, My Week With Marilyn, 2012
- Best Supporting Actress, Manchester by the Sea, 2017
This year she is nominated for Best Actress for The Fablemans, could her luck be about to change?
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