15 Great Actresses Who Never Won an Oscar

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Great Actresses Who Never Won an Oscar

Apart from men, Hollywood is also the home to the most talented female performers who never cease to amaze their viewers and if there is one thing that separates an ordinary actress from a great one, it is the most coveted prize in show business: the Academy Award. While the different eras of Hollywood have seen dozens of actresses, there are a few who have not won the biggest accolade. Take a look at the 15 great actresses who never won an Oscar:


15. Michelle Pfeiffer

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After co-starring with Al Pacino in Scarface, a star was born as Michelle Pfeiffer became the new It Girl in Hollywood. With her beautiful looks and the ability to act, the actress has appeared in dozens of movies throughout her long career of almost four decades.

At her prime, Pfeiffer was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dangerous Liaisons and for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Fabulous Baker Boys the very next year but failed to win them. Three years later, she received another nomination but luck was not on her side.


14. Rosalind Russell

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Out of all the five Golden Globe nominations for her movie work, Rosalind Russell has won every single one of them. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about her Academy Award nominations.

For her roles in My Sister Eileen, Sister Kenny, Mourning Becomes Electra and Auntie Mame, Russell received four Academy Award nominations for Best Actress but did not win any of them. However, her humanitarian work was recognized as the Academy bestowed her the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.


13. Michelle Williams

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Beginning her career with television guest appearances and slowly transitioning to movie roles, Michelle Williams is one of the most talented actresses of modern Hollywood. For Brokeback Mountain and Blue Valentine, the actress received Academy Award nominations but failed to bag them.

All that seemed to change when Williams was nominated one more time for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn – her best performance to date. Chances of victory were definitely high but unfortunately, Meryl Streep went home with the award.


12. Glenn Close

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Even at the age of 69, Glenn Close acts with a passion as she doesn’t let her old age come between her profession. As one of the best actresses of the 80s, Close received five Academy Award nominations.

Even after her best years, the actress appeared in one blockbuster after another such as Hamlet, Air Force One, Guardians of the Galaxy and 101 Dalmatians. Still feeling that she was at the top of her game, Close mesmerized everyone by starring as the opposite gender in Albert Nobbs. The role gave Close her sixth Academy Award nomination and her very first in twenty-three years but failed to win it.


11. Natalie Wood

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Unlike several actresses, Natalie Wood was born to act. Beginning her career at the age of 4, the actress improved her skills with every passing year. As unbelievable as it may sound, she received three Academy Award nominations before the age of 25.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Rebel Without a Cause and two nominations for Best Actress for Splendor in the Grass and Love with the Proper Stranger, Wood failed to win them and it is a shame that she never had the chance to change the course of history due to her mysterious death.


10. Thelma Ritter

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Six Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globes nominations, one Prime time Emmy Award nomination and five Laurel Award nominations but not even a single victory. The phrase “close but no cigar” truly defines the underrated yet very talented actress Thelma Ritter.

Best known for her comedic roles as working class characters throughout her career, the brilliance of Ritter’s acting abilities always made sure that she would be the one stealing the spotlight to the point of six Academy Award nominations. Even for an actress who played mostly run-of the-mill roles, that is indeed a victory.


9. Irene Dunne

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Only a handful of musicians can gloat about successfully transitioning to a movie career and Irene Dunne is definitely one of them. Despite taking piano and music lessons, fate had different plans for her as Dunne had one hell of a run as an actress in Hollywood.

Getting five nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild, The Good Earth, Gone with the Wind and I Remember Mama, it is a sad spectacle to see how close she was from winning the big one.


8. Judy Garland

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Once Judy Garland starred as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, Hollywood gave birth to one of the most bankable stars of all time to the point of being honored with a special Academy Juvenile Award.

Despite having just two more Academy Award nominations but without a win throughout her entire career of thirty-eight years, Garland has amazingly managed to achieve more fame than most of the actresses of her time.