Deserved Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar |2021|

The Academy Award ceremony (The Oscars) is the Pinnacle event for Hollywood actors and directors. The gold statuettes are acknowledgements of excellence in Hollywood and symbols of status in and beyond the acting community. However, this doesn’t mean every actor is guaranteed an Oscar. Many popular and critically acclaimed actors who gave phenomenal performances over years but have never scored an Oscar to date.

Here Are Some Of The Deserved Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar To Date

Tom cruise


Tom Cruise… Most deserved Iconic actor who has never won an Oscar

Despite being involved in many iconic action films and franchises that have grossed billions of dollars worldwide, Cruise has never won an Oscar to date. Many also wanted him to win one for Mission: Impossible — Fallout but it remained as a long-lasting dream for his fans to listen to his oscar-winning speech.

He has been nominated for 3 Oscar Awards throughout his career to date.

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Born on the Fourth of July, 1990
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jerry Maguire, 1997
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Magnolia, 2000

Tom Cruise Should have been Won an Oscar for his Phenomenal performance in “Magnolia” movie. It’s TomCruise who steals the show, first as a cocky ladies man, which is then revealed to be a front for an emotionally scarred son who reunites with his estranged dying father. It’s the type of role we haven’t seen from Cruise since. but hopefully, it won’t take frogs dropping from the sky to see it again.

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L Jackson… Most deserved veteran male actor who has never won an Oscar

Samuel L. Jackson was widely regarded as one of the most popular actors of his generation. The movies he had done throughout his career made him the “All-time highest-grossing actor”.

Despite portraying many iconic characters in his entire career, he had never won an Oscar to date. The most surprising element is that only once he was nominated for an Oscar award.

  • Best Actor in Supporting Role : Pulp Fiction,1995

Everyone thought that Samuel was truly deserved to win the Oscar for his performance in the cult classic movie Pulp Fiction. But he lost Best Actor in Supporting Role to “Martin landau” for his excellent acting in “Ed Wood” movie. Samuel was also very disappointed about not winning Oscar in 1995 and his reaction to losing the Academy Award was the most debated topic at that time.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr… Most deserved popular actor who has never won an Oscar

Robert Downey jr. best known as Tony Stark doesn’t need any special introduction for this generation to recognize him. Besides portraying the iconic character” Iron Man” Robert Downey jr. also famous for a wide variety of movies which made him one of the highest-paid actors Hollywood had.

He has been nominated for 2 Oscar Awards throughout his career to date.

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Chaplin, 1993
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Tropic Thunder, 2009

Everyone thought Robert Downey jr. Was deserved to win an Oscar for his excellent performance as “Iron Man” in the marvel cinematic universe. But Robert Downey jr. didn’t encourage Disney to campaign for an Oscar for him. Robert Downey jr. chose to stay out of the Oscar race for his role as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. Despite his excellent performances throughout his career, he had never won an Oscar to date.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams… Most deserved popular actress who has never won an oscar

Amy Adams was best known for her extraordinary work in numerous critically acclaimed films. Despite delivering many award-winning performances throughout her career, she has never won an Oscar to date.

She has been nominated for 6 Oscar Awards throughout her career to date.

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Junebug, 2006
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Doubt, 2009
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: The Fighter, 2011
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: The Master, 2013
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: American Hustle, 2014
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Vice, 2019

Amy Adams became the new Leonardo Dicaprio. Much like DiCaprio pre-The Revenant, she was also treated as a “bizarrely underappreciated acting genius”. Amy Adams is slightly under-awarded and under-valued considering the powerhouse performances she’s given throughout her career.

Glen close

Deserved actor who has never won an Oscar
Glen close… Most deserved veteran Actress who has never won an Oscar

Glen close has been nominated for 8 Oscar Awards throughout her career to date. She is also holding the record for “The most Oscar nominations in an acting category without a win”.

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: The World According to Garp, 1983
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: The Big Chill, 1984
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: The Natural, 1985
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Fatal Attraction, 1988
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Dangerous Liaisons, 1989
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Albert Nobbs, 2012
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: The Wife, 2019
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Hillbilly Elegy, 2021

Glen Close was favoured by many to win an Oscar for “The Wife” in 2019 but ultimately lost the best actress to “The Favourite” star Olivia Colman. But deep down everyone felt that Close was deserved an Oscar for her excellent acting in “The Wife” movie. Despite delivering many charismatic and powerful performances throughout her career Glen Close has never won an Oscar to date.

Colman gave a gracious acceptance speech, admitting she wished the veteran actress took home the big prize: “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp… Most deserved famous Actor who has never won an Oscar

Despite being known as a tremendous character actor, Depp had never won an Oscar for any of his most iconic roles. Like his “Pirates of the Caribbean” character Captain Jack Sparrow, Jhonny Depp is still in search of gold.

He has been nominated for 3 Oscar Awards throughout his career to date.

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2004
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Finding Neverland, 2005
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2008

In 2015, Depp, probably out of frustration had said, “I don’t want to win one of those things ever, you know.”

Will Smith

Will Smith… Most deserved Exemplary Actor who has never won an Oscar

Will Smith has been ranked by Forbes as the most bankable star worldwide, yet he has never won an Oscar to date. He may be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but Smith hasn’t been crowned royalty at the Oscars yet.

He has been nominated for 2 Oscar Awards throughout his career to date.

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Ali, 2002
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Pursuit Of Happyness, 2007

In 2007, he got his best chance to win the Oscar for his tremendous performance in “Pursuit of Happyness”. But unfortunately, he lost the best actor to “The last king of Scotland” star Forest Whitaker.

He also deserves an Oscar for his performance in the iconic movie “Ali”.Playing a larger-than-life figure like “Muhammad Ali” is a daunting task for even the best of actors.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Willams… Most deserved charismatic Actress who has never won an Oscar

The former child star is known for her delicate beauty and the emotional depth she brought to vulnerable characters. Despite giving such memorable performances throughout her career, Michelle Williams has never won an Oscar to date.

She has been nominated for 4 Oscar Awards throughout her career to date.

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Brokeback Mountain, 2006
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Blue Valentine, 2011
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: My Week With Marilyn, 2012
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Manchester By The Sea, 2017

Annette Bening

Annette Bening… Most deserved Exemplary Actress who has never won an Oscar

One of Oscar’s mysteries is how the Academy overlooked Annette Bening in “American Beauty” movie for her excellent performance as a woman pushed to the brink by a selfish husband and daughter.

In 2011 Once again, Oscar ignored a breathtaking performance from an exemplary actress in “The Kids Are All Right” movie. Annette Bening breaks our hearts as a woman who loves her children so deeply yet finds it challenging to express how she feels. Without relying on dialogue to shape her character, she says it all through her eyes.

She has been nominated for 4 Oscar Awards throughout her career to date.

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: The Grifters, 1991
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: American Beauty, 2000
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Being Julia, 2005
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: The Kids Are All Right, 2011

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