15 Great Actors Never Nominated for Oscars

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON November 19th, 2019


7. Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

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One cannot deny Australian actor Guy Pearce’s reputation for being one of the most dependable actors in Hollywood today. In fact, he was the leading man chosen by none other than critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan for his neo-noir physiological thriller, Memento.

Though Pearce’s chances of an eventual Academy Award nomination are slim, that does not degrade his status as one of the finest movie and television actors in Hollywood right now.


6. Danny Glover

Danny Glover

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Upon witnessing his memorable performances in The Color Purple, Places in the Heart and Witness, one might assume that American actor and peace activist Danny Glover has won at least one Academy Award for his aforementioned performances.

Sadly, it is rather tragic that the Academy has yet to provide him a time to shine as Glover has never received even a single Oscar nomination during his historic career that spans four decades.


5. Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

If the Oscars were appreciative of the comedy genre, Jim Carrey would have won the golden statuette multiple times. Often hailed as a comedy legend, Carrey has won the hearts of countless fans worldwide.

Even if you discard Carrey’s comedic performances that he is most well-known for such as Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura, the actor has proved time and again that he is more than capable of pulling off dramatic roles as observed from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Man on the Moon and The Truman Show.

While The Truman Show was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actor for Ed Harris, it was considered a huge snub for Carrey who did not land a nomination for Bes Actor.


4. Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

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Speaking of as Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carrey’s co-star Jeff Daniels is not too far behind when it comes to lack of recognition from the Academy. Unlike Carrey, the storied career of Daniels consists of much more dramatic movies than comedy ones yet he has never been impressive enough in the eyes of the Academy.

Daniels has starred in numerous Oscar-nominated movies such as The Hours, Terms of Endearment, The Martian and Good Night and Good Luck but the immensely talented actor has yet to receive one for himself.


3. Idris Elba

Idris Elba

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Winning or at least being nominated for an Academy Award is likely to be the least of Idris Elba’s worries since he has received perfect consolation prizes such as being named as the Sexiest Man of the Year by Essence‘s in 2013 and one of 100 Most Beautiful People in the World by People in 2007.

With the actor still in his prime and improving with age, an Oscar nomination cannot be too far ahead. On an interesting note, Elba has also won an award that perhaps not many of his male counterparts can brag about winning – the “Rear of the Year” award.


2. Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi

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Arguably the most versatile actor in the list, Steve Buscemi is an absolute scene-stealer in any movie he stars in. More than capable of handling dramatic and comedic roles, the actor never restrains himself from providing the viewers a worthwhile experience that makes them keep coming for more.

The star of several blockbusters such as Pulp Fiction, Fargo and Con Air might not possess an Academy Award nomination but the actor’s true reputation rests in something else entirely – 12-hour shift as a volunteer firefighter after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


1. Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

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A man who needs no introduction, Christopher Lee spent more than seven decades of his life in the film industry. Best known for his roles of Count Dracula, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Saruman the White, the actor was even awarded a Knighthood for his services to drama and charity.

With enormous contributions to arts and cinema, it comes as a surprise that his name enters the list. Regardless of a nomination, Le immortalized himself with his numerous iconic roles with every passing decade and without a shadow of a doubt, the late actor is the greatest actor to have never received an Academy Award nomination.


Honorable Mentions:

We cannot resist mentioning the names of the great actors never nominated for Oscars:

  • John Goodman
  • Alfred Molina
  • Jeff Goldblum


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