15 Great Actors Never Nominated for Oscars

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15 Great Actors Never Nominated for Oscars

An Academy Award stands for pure excellence within the movie industry. There have been occasions when actors have won it once or multiple times yet there are still a handful of brilliant performers who have yet to receive a nomination. Here is the list of 15 great actors never nominated for Oscar:


15. Hugh Grant

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With a rich career that spans thirty-five years, it is rather surprising to know that Hugh Grant has never received an Academy Award nomination. The actor has a perfect grasp on comedy and sarcasm but it is quite obvious that the Oscars have a distasteful history when it comes to appreciating comedy.  

Throughout his career, the English actor has bagged one Golden Globe Award, one BAFTA and an Honorary César but has never been nominated for even a single Academy Award.


14. Richard Gere

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Despite being an ideal actor for drama movies, Richard Gere also belongs in the list of talented actors who have not received an Academy Award nomination. He earned his ticket to stardom by co-starring with Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman.

The romantic drama movie won two Academy Awards from its six nominations yet the American actor received none. On the other hand, the Golden Globes were much kinder to Gere as he received his first nomination for the role.


13. Kevin Bacon

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Kevin Bacon’s entry in the list is a mystery. The actor has given one jaw-dropping performance after another yet the Academy has always overlooked him. His brilliant performances in Murder In The First, Sleepers and The Woodsman were definitely Oscar worthy yet a nomination was nowhere in sight.

Whether it is the fact that he is usually overshadowed by his co-stars or whether he is not good enough to be in the Academy’s good graces, Bacon’s Oscar nomination is definitely long overdue.


12. Keanu Reeves

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Whether he is performing in a big budget movie or a television series, Keanu Reeves defines professionalism. The Canadian actor had humble beginnings as he started his career on stage and gradually rose to prominence due to his undying charisma and superb acting chops.

Academy Award or not, Reeves has cemented his legacy as one of Hollywood A-listers due to his mesmerizing performances in The Matrix, John Wick, The Devil’s Advocate, Point Break and Speed.


11. David Oyelowo

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In the midst of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, numerous eyes were on British actor David Oyelowo. Among the several actors who spoke against the Academy Awards lacking racial diversity, Oyelowo was one of them and for good reason too.

His magnetic performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma received immensely positive reviews and the actor would go on to win several awards for the role as well yet for some reason or the other, he was not nominated for an Academy Award which came as a surprise to many movie-goers.


10. Raul Julia

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The Puerto Rican actor was encouraged by none other than Orson Bean to relocate to New York in order to professional pursue acting. Beginning his career in Broadway plays and steadily transitioning into movie roles, Raul Julia was absolutely outstanding.

Best known for his iconic role of Gomez Addams, the late actor was a recipient of one Emmy Award, one Golden Globe Award, and one Screen Actors Guild Award but was never bestowed an Oscar nomination.


9.  Donald Sutherland

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While the current generation might only be familiar with his work in The Hunger Games, Donald Sutherland is actually a cinematic legend whose time in the film industry begins way back in 1962.

Even though he has several dramatic roles under his belt that were nothing short of excellence, the actor never received an Academy Award nomination. However, he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 2017 for “a lifetime of indelible characters, rendered with unwavering truthfulness.”


8. Martin Sheen

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As the star of numerous high-profile movies such as Apocalypse Now, Wall Street, The American President, and The Departed, Martin Sheen is a certified Hollywood icon who more or less serves as the essence of the movie. The guy even had a heart attack during the shooting of Apocalypse Now and lived to tell the tale.

Though Sheen has never received an Academy Award nomination during his long illustrious career, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and even been awarded three Honorary Doctorate Degrees.