Of course, not everyone can win an Oscar. Otherwise, the awards wouldn’t mean anything, right? But when you look at the actors and actresses who were denied an Oscar despite a record of consistently great work, you have to wonder what the Academy was thinking.
They’re 10 of the greatest living actors in Hollywood them. These are the top 10 best actors who have never been honored with that coveted gold statue.Why on earth didn’t they deserve one? Are they overshadowed or completely robbed?
1. BRAD PITT
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winning actor Brad Pitt’s most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club, portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean’s Eleven.
Pitt’s talent only gets better with age and while he’s been nominated for an Academy Award five times, he’s yet to touch the gold. Pitt is a producer on 12 Years a Slave this year though, which is nominated for Best Picture along with nine other categories. While it may not be for Best Actor, Pitt will most likely be a happy man after the 86th Annual Academy Awards when his film pulls in half a dozen wins.
Hey Brad, it is still not the time to lay down the scripts.
2. JOHNNY DEPP
The incredible Johnny Depp is perhaps the man who made this far without an Oscar, is the most surprising name on our list. Thought of as one of the most talented actors of his day and age in Hollywood, Depp has been nominated for an Academy Award three times. First for his incredible performance as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean back in 2003, then in Finding Neverland just a year later.
The actor’s last nomination was in 2007 for his role in Sweeney Todd which he had lost to Daniel Day-Lewis. Hopefully he’ll leave big franchises behind and do some more Oscar-worthy work in the future.
It’s insane why this man didn’t get the Oscar.
3. LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Yes, everyone knows this tale but the actor has been nominated four times and still has an empty spot on his award shelf. Leo is still just 39 and his films keep getting better. However, this year Leonardo DiCaprio has again been nominated for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street and while the winner is expected to be Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, Leo will get his in due time.
Don’t worry Leo, keep hangin’ you’ll get one soon!
4. TOM CRUISE
The ever hunky, Tom boasts one of the most successful Hollywood careers of all-time, but but somehow the little golden man known as Oscar has eluded his existence. His three nominations (and loses) were earned for performances in “Magnolia” (supporting), “Jerry Maguire” and “Born on the Fourth of July.”
Here now Tom, you poor thing.
5. LIAM NEESON
Liam Neeson was nominated for his role in Stephen Spielberg’s Schindler’s List in 1994, which should have been a guaranteed win, but the award-snatching actor that is Tom Hanks won for his incredible role in Philadelphia. Neeson continues to make great films and we can’t imagine he’ll leave Hollywood before he’s given an opportunity to grace Hollywood’s brightest stage.
Sorry Liam, make the effort 10 times, next time.
6. GLENN CLOSE
The super talented actress, Glenn Close has been nominated a staggering six times but has never taken home the Oscar. She has been nominated for Best Actress three times (“Albert Nobbs,” “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Fatal Attraction”) and Best Supporting Actress three times (“The Natural,” “The Big Chill” and “The World According to Garp”).
She would later go on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role, but lost. She would then be nominated five more times over the next 30 years and yet still hasn’t received an Oscar. She continues to pursue great roles, as well as taking a role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, so it’s easy to predict that she will end up with an Oscar.
This fine woman deserves to win…but only until next time.
7. JULIANNE MOORE
In 2002, Julianne Moore was Oscar-nominated twice — for Best Actress in “Far from Heaven” and Best Supporting Actress in “The Hours”. She was also nominated for her leading performance in the 2000 film “The End of the Affair” and her supporting performance in the 1998 flick “Boogie Nights.” However, she lost all four.
Why Oscar, why?
8. GARY OLDMAN
Gary Oldman has only received one Oscar nomination in his career, which was for his incredible role of George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He would go on to lose to Jean Dujardin for his role in the silent film The Artist.
Oldman is thought of as one of the best actors of our time and it’s quite surprising that he’s never won, let alone only received one nomination. His career remains strong and we have no doubt he’ll be rewarded with an Oscar before he decides its time to lay down the scripts.
So, The Oldman – Gary, lost the award.
9. JOHN TRAVOLTA
John Travolta has received two Oscar nominations over his entire acting career. The actor’s performance in Pulp Fiction alone should have warranted a win, but he (along with all the other nominees) was crushed by the monster that was Tom Hanks in 1994’s Forrest Gump.
Sorry John, we think that NEXT TIME would be YOUR TIME.
10. AMY ADAMS
And last but not the least is, Amy Adams. She has been nominated for five Academy Awards with her most recent nomination coming from this year’s American Hustle. While most believe she’ll be one-upped by Cate Blanchett this year, she is more than deserving of a win.
The actress has proven time and time again that she is highly talented and while we’re surprised she’s never won, she has an incredibly long career ahead of her and we’re certain she’ll get her Oscar win sooner rather than later.
Geez! A girl this gorgeous should have that golden man.