Why These 12+ Famous Actors Never Won An Oscar?

I think that the highlight of every Hollywood star’s career is winning an Oscar. Sometimes they do win, and sometimes, there are these amazing actors who keep getting nominated year after year, but someone else ends up winning the award. But why does this happen though? Is there any apparent reason? We decided to find out why life and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are being so unfair to them.

1. Jessica Chastain

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Source: © The Help / DreamWorks © Zero Dark Thirty / Annapurna Pictures

As soon as The Help was released, Jessica Chastain faced success and was even nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category. Unfortunately, it only ended as a nomination and not a win. A year later, she was nominated again for the movie called Zero Dark Thirty, but she still did not get this one as Jennifer Lawrence won.

 

2. Brad Pitt

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Source: © Meet Joe Black / City Light Films © Moneyball / Michael De Luca Productions

I mean, how? I still can’t digest the fact that this actor has not won an Oscar yet. Brad Pitt was first nominated for an Oscar back in 1996 for his part in Twelve Monkeys and did not win. The second nomination was in 2009 for his role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but no luck in sight. In 2012, he was nominated for Best Actor and Producer and even won the Best Picture Academy Award in Moneyball, but lost the Oscar once again. However, he did eventually get his long-awaited golden statue, but it was not for acting, but for producing the movie called 12 Years a Slave.

 

3. Amy Adams

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Adams was nominated for an Oscar 5 times for movies such as Doubt, The Master, and American Hustle, but no golden statue was given to her. Back in 2016, her part in the sci-fi flick called Arrival was excellent, and everyone was expecting she’d get it, but guess what? She wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar.

 

4. Glenn Close

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Source: © 101 Dalmatians / Walt Disney Pictures © Albert Nobbs / Chrysalis Films

Well, now I’m surprised for two reasons: that the person playing Cruella De Vil in the 101 Dalmatians movies did not get an Oscar, and that the person playing Cruella De Vil is actually Glenn Close. Wow. Furthermore, did you know that Close was nominated for an Oscar six times? She had the first five back in the 80s, and her latest nomination took place in 2012 for her part as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs. Cruell world.

 

5. Bradley Cooper

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Source: © American Hustle / Atlas Entertainment, © Silver Linings Playbook / Mirage Enterprises

Three years in a row of being nominated for an Oscar did not win Bradly Cooper one. He was first nominated for Best Actor for his leading role in Silver Linings Playbook, but he lost to Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in Lincoln. Next year, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in American Hustle, but again, he lost to Jared Leto. The third time, he was nominated for his leading role in American Sniper, but the golden-statue was given out to Eddie Redmayne for his role as Stephen Hawking.

 

6. Robert Downey Jr.

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Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for an Oscar a long time ago in 1993 for Best Actor in Chaplin. However he did not win, Al Pacino did. The second time he was nominated was back in 2009 when he was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in Tropic Thunder. However, it’s safe to say that no actor stood a chance that year, because Heath Ledger not only did get the award for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight but also everyone’s heart.

 

7. Saoirse Ronan

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Source: © Brooklyn / Wildgaze Films © Atonement / Working Title Films

She is only 24 years old, but Saoirse Ronan has already gotten inside the race for the golden statue three times now. Her first nomination for an Oscar was when she was only 13 years old when she played in Atonement. Later, she was nominated for the Best Actress for her part in Brooklyn, and last year, she was so close to winning the award for her role in Lady Bird.

 

8. Keira Knightley

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Source: © The Imitation Game / Black Bear Pictures © Pride & Prejudice / Focus Features

Can you believe it? Keira Knightley has starred in many successful films and was nominated for an Oscar twice, but did not win. Her first nomination was back in 2006, for her role in Pride and Prejudice. The second nomination took place in 2015 for her role in the historical drama called The Imitation Game.

 

9. Joaquin Phoenix

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It’s weird that the actor who starred in Her and Inherent Vice and played both parts excellently did not win, nor was he nominated. However, he was nominated three times so far for other movies. One for Best Supporting Actor for Gladiator, and Best Actor for both Walk the Line and The Master.

 

10. Michelle Williams

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Source: © My Week with Marilyn / BBC Films © Blue Valentine / Hunting Lane Films

Michelle Williams was nominated for an Oscar four times so far. Two of the times, she was nominated in the Best Actress category for her parts in Blue Valentine and My Week with Marilyn. I mean, the actress had to gain 22 pounds for the part of Marilyn, just give the girl her prize. The other two times she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the movies Brokeback Mountain and Manchester by the Sea. Plus, for her amazing job on All the Money in the World, she didn’t even get nominated at all!

 

11. Helena Bonham Carter

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Source: © The King`s Speech / See Saw Films © Fight Club / Art Linson Productions

What? Can you believe Tim Burton’s muse has not won an Oscar yet? She did get nominated twice though. First time in 1998, she was nominated for Best Actress for her part in The Wings of the Dove. The second time, she was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in The King’s Speech. Unfortunately, she lost both times. However, the most interesting thing is that not only she lost, but she wasn’t even nominated for her excellent performance as Marla in Fight Club.

 

12. Will Smith

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Source: © The Pursuit of Happyness / Columbia Pictures Corporation © Ali / Columbia Pictures

Yeah, it’s weird to believe that Will Smith has not won an Oscar despite being nominated. His first nomination happened back in 2002 in the Best Actor category for his role in Ali; however, he lost to Denzel Washington. Later, he was nominated again for his outstanding part in The Pursuit of Happyness where he acted alongside his son Jaden; however, he did not win this time either.

 

13. Tom Cruise

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© Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles / Geffen Pictures © Jerry Maguire / Gracie Films

Tom Cruise’s first nomination in took place in 1990 in the Best Actor category. This nomination was for his part in the movie called Born on the Fourth of July; however, luck wasn’t on his side as he lost to Daniel Day-Lewis. His second nomination took place seven years later when he was nominated for his part in Jerry Maguire, but he lost again to Geoffrey Rush. The third nomination was in the Best Supporting Actor category for his part in Magnolia, but still no luck in sight.

 

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