10 Great Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar

10 Great Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar! No matter how many starring roles an actor may appear in their legacy will be defined by winning an Oscar, and unfortunately, there can only be a select few winners every year.  Some actors have been around for what feels like forever acting in various great films and it will surprise you to know that they have never won any Oscars in their entire career. Check out which stars have never won oscars


Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has been nominated a staggering three times for his roles in “Moneyball,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “12 Monkeys.” Surprisingly he still hasn’t won yet, despite being one of the most popular actors in Hollywood.

Samuel L. Jackson

You may not know this, but Samuel L. Jackson is the highest all-time box office star. His movies have made over $4.9053 billion, grossing an average of $69.1 million per film. Despite the financial success, he was only nominated for an Academy Award once for his role in “Pulp Fiction.” He lost that year to Tommy Lee Jones who starred in “The Fugitive.”

Hugh Jackman


Hugh Jackman is an Australian Actor best known for playing the Marvel character Wolverine in eight different movies. Despite getting started in the 90’s, it took the actor two decades to score an Academy Award nomination, of which he finally did for his performance in 2012’s “Les Miserables.”  Unfortunately, he lost to Jean Dujardin, who won for his role in “The Artist.”

Robert Downey Jr.


Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, and he’s also freakin’ hilarious. In fact, he was so hilarious in his role in “Tropic Thunder” that the Academy decided to throw him an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor. Unfortunately he lost to Javier Bardem that year who appeared in “No Country For Old Men.” Robert was also nominated, but lost, in 1992 for his performance in “Chaplin.”


Johnny Depp

Depp is one of the world’s highest paid actors according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Despite his financial success and three Academy Award nominations (including one for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl”), he has yet to take home the prize either. He has, however, won a Golden Globe for his role in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Tom Cruise

Love him or hate him, Tom Cruise is an incredible acting talent. That’s why he’s been nominated three times for an Academy Award for his performances in “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire,” and “Magnolia.” He has yet to get that elusive win, though.

Bruce Willis


Bruce Willis embodies American action movies in ways that few actors can, but that doesn’t mean he’s automatically recognized for his acting achievements. Surprisingly Bruce hasn’t been nominated for anything in his almost four decades of being a movie star. How could you not give him one for “Sixth Sense” though?


Matt Damon

 You don’t have to feel too bad for Matt Damon. It does kind of suck because Matt is an awesome actor who definitely deserves one. He’s been nominated three times for his roles in “The Martian,” “Invictus,” and “Good Will Hunting.”

Will Smith

Will Smith has seen about as much success as any other actor in Hollywood. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films he starred in the leading role with made over $100 million at the Box Office. One thing that has eluded him, however, is an Oscar. He was nominated for his role in “Ali” and “Pursuit of Happyness” in 2001 and 2006 respectively but lost each time.
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