An Academy Award shows that an actor is a true master of his or her craft, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great actors who haven’t won one yet. Even though there have been some challenges with the Oscars in recent years, it is still the most prestigious awards show in Hollywood, and all great actors still want to win the statue.
Only two actors can win the best actor or best supporting actor Oscar each year, so the other eight nominees get nothing. Unfortunately, there were a lot of great actors who hadn’t won an Academy Award for acting yet, like Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr.
#1 Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is one of the best actors in Hollywood. He has won three Golden Globes, but he has never won an Oscar. Back in 1990, Cruise was nominated for the movie Born on the Fourth of July. In 1997 and 2000, he was nominated again for the movies Jerry Maguire and Magnolia. We hope that he will really be able to complete his mission impossible.
#2 Samuel L. Jackson
One might think that Samuel L. Jackson’s long list of great movies would have earned him an Oscar by now, but he doesn’t have one and has only been nominated once. In 1995, when he was nominated for Pulp Fiction, he lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Martin Landau. Jackson got an honorary Oscar in 2022 for all he had done for movies, but he hasn’t won one for a single performance yet.
#3 Robert Downey Jr.
This may be the most surprising reason why someone didn’t win an Oscar. Robert Downey Jr. didn’t get an Oscar for his role as Tony Stark in “Avengers: Endgame,” even though he did a good job. Downey said later in the interview that he wasn’t sure if he was good enough to win an Oscar. Well, that’s a pretty humble way to act, but we hope Downey won’t miss another chance.
#4 Cemeron Diaz
When she first went on stage in 1994, Cameron Diaz was a huge hit. That was in the funny movie The Mask. After that, a Latino star really stood out in the movies My Best Friend’s Wedding, Shrek, and Charlie’s Angels. But even though she worked with Scorsese and Scott, she only won four Golden Globes and no Oscars during her career. Surprisingly, she had never even been nominated for an Oscar. In the end, she left the movie business for good.
#5 Bruce Willis
Starting his career in the 1980s, Willis went on to become one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. He is in the movies Die Hard, The Fifth Element, and Armageddon, so we know who he is. But the truth was that he had never even been nominated for an Academy Award.
#6 Johnny Depp
We know him as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The first time Johnny was nominated was in 2003 for the movie above. The second time was in 2004 for Finding Neverland, and the third time was in 2007 for Sweeney Todd. But he never got the prize he was hoping for. Depp later said that he didn’t want to win an Oscar because every winner has to give a speech on stage. Strange, but it’s true.
#7 Jim Carrey
Since the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective came out in 1994, Jim Carrey has become known as one of the best actors and comedians. Fans loved him, so he kept making movies like Dumb and Dumber and Liar, Liar. But when asked why he hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar, Carrey said again that “a lot of monkey business goes on around awards” and that having a great time with memorable people is enough for him.
#8 Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson, 35, was known as “Black Widow” in the Avengers movies. In 2020, she was nominated for two Oscars, which was unusual. Johansson didn’t win any awards, even though she was nominated for the movies Rabit Jojo and The Marriage Story.
#9 John Travolta
John Travolta is on our list, even though he is one of the best actors and has won 8 Golden Globes and many other awards. He almost won in 1978 for the movie “Saturday Night Fever,” and again, more than 20 years later, for the movie “Pulp Fiction.” Travolta had never won an Oscar before now, though.
#10 Eddie Murphy
We remember Eddie Murphy from the movies Dr. Dolittle and Coming to America, where he and Arsenio Hall played eight different roles. The popular comedian was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for the movie Dreamgirls. Eddie has won the hearts of millions of fans, but he has never won the dream prize, which is a surprise.
#11 Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor who is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies. He mostly acts in superhero and romantic movies. But Les Misérables got him a nomination for an Oscar in 2012. Being so close to winning an Oscar cost Daniel Day-Lewis one.
#12 Amy Adams
Amy Adams is on our list because she has tried six times to win an Oscar, even though she is still pretty young. In 2005, she was nominated for her role in the movie Junebug. Three years later, in 2008, she was nominated for her role in Doubt. After that, she was nominated for The Fighter in 2010, The Master in 2012, American Hustle in 2013, which earned her her first Golden Globe, and Vice in 2018.
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