Each year, the Oscars honor members of the film community who make significant contributions to their field. So naturally, moviegoers are often the most interested in seeing which of their favorite actors take home awards at the annual ceremony. However, for every deserving actor who receives an Oscar, there is one who misses out on that honor. Despite starring in highly successful films and playing memorable roles, some Hollywood actors have surprisingly never won an Oscar.
10. Glenn Close has the most nominations
Glenn Close enjoyed a long and successful career as a Hollywood actress. The star has won SAG Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards and many other outstanding accolades. However, he is missing one thing: an Oscar. Currently, Glenn Close holds the record for the most Oscar nominations without a win for an actress. Nonetheless, she received an astounding eight nominations over her four-decade career. However, the actress is still actively working, so it is always possible for her to get a win in the future.
9. Samuel L. Jackson has many other accolades
Samuel L. Jackson has received a lot of recognition over the years. Besides being one of the highest-grossing stars of all time, the Hollywood actor has MTV Movie Awards, BAFTA Awards and more to his name. He received an Academy Honorary Award in 2022 for his lifetime contributions to the motion picture industry. However, the accomplished actor surprisingly never won an official Oscar. Moreover, the actor received only one Oscar nomination. He received the Best Actor nomination for 1995 Pulp Fiction.
8. Hollywood actor Edward Norton is multi-talented
Edward Norton is one of many Hollywood actors who have made the transition from acting to directing. He has directed two feature films to date, and fans love him for his roles in films such as fight club and Red Dragon. However, despite his talent, Edward Norton has no Oscar wins to his credit. The actor still has a long career ahead of him, so there will be plenty of chances to win an Oscar down the road.
7. Liam Neeson was nominated for a World War II biopic.
Liam Neeson is often associated with the Taken series of films, but he is also a talented dramatic actor. One of his most significant dramatic roles was that of Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List. Steven Spielberg directed the biopic about the 90s war. The film received several Oscar nominations and won in several categories. However, Neeson, unfortunately, missed out on the Best Actor Oscar for which he received a nomination. It’s her only Oscar nomination to date – so far.
6. Robert Downey Jr. is fighting an uphill battle to win an Oscar
Unfortunately, even playing a major character in the MCU wasn’t enough to Robert Downey Jr. to secure an Oscar win. That’s partly because the Oscars tend to favor dramatic or biographical films. Action movies don’t make the nominations list as often as these two genres. As a result, the Hollywood actor may have to branch out into other film genres if he wants to win an Oscar. He received two nominations during his career – one for Best Supporting Actor and one for Best Actor.
5. Johnny Depp doesn’t want to compete
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has been spending a lot of time in the spotlight lately. However, this was due to issues in his personal life instead of his acting career. The accomplished actor will hopefully return to Hollywood in the near future. Either way, he was quoted as saying he wasn’t interested in winning the Oscars. Depp doesn’t believe acting should be a competition and is more interested in taking on roles he loves than taking on roles that might win praise. Still, many long-time fans would love to see him win this well-deserved honor.
4. Harrison Ford is a fan-favorite action star
Starring in a beloved franchise is a dream come true for many actors. hollywood actor Harrison Ford managed to do it twice. First, he played the role of Han Solo in the first star wars film trilogy. He later brought fan-favorite adventurer Indiana Jones to life. The following IndianaJones The franchise installment will hit theaters in 2023, with Ford reprising his role once again. However, like many action stars, Harrison Ford has no Oscars under his belt. Although he didn’t win an Oscar, the actor has four Golden Globes under his belt.
3. Sigourney Weaver received three nominations in total
Sigourney Weaver is best known for playing Ripley in the Extraterrestrial film franchise. However, the Hollywood actress has starred in countless other films in almost every genre over the years. Over the next few years, she would play a recurring role in the upcoming Avatar franchise brackets. The actress has received three Oscar nominations, but has yet to win an Oscar. Perhaps her future projects will bring her closer to obtaining this title.
2. Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is hopeful for 2022
Hollywood actor Tom Cruise started his acting career in the 80s, so it’s been a long wait for an Oscar win. Cruise hopes the 2022 film Top Gun: Maverick will be his ticket to finally winning an Oscar. With record sales and exceptionally high ratings from most critics, the film certainly seems worthy of an Oscar. Tom Cruise is another actor whose favorite film genre works against him, but it’s not out of the question that such a successful film could be a contender for the award. Fans will have to stay tuned to see how the 2022 awards season unfolds.
1. Michael Keaton has only been nominated once
Michael Keaton‘s career is alive and well – he just won a SAG award for his role in the Hulu miniseries, Sick. However, the Hollywood actor has never won an Oscar. Keaton is famous for playing Batman in both Batman (1989) and Return of Batman (1992), both directed by Tim Burton. Additionally, Keaton starred as the eponymous Beetlejuice in Tim Burton’s cult classic horror-comedy. Whether or not he wins an Oscar, the actor has certainly secured his place among Hollywood icons.