The Underrated A-List

Actors and Actresses Who Haven’t Won An Oscar

By Patricia May P. Catan

 

THE Annual Academy Awards, more commonly known as the Oscars, are regarded as the most prestigious of awards shows, and to earn an Oscar means one is the best of the best among a roster of talents and filmmakers in the business.

The best actor and best actress nominees, through the years, have always been represented by well-deserving talents in the film industry. But it can’t be avoided that a number of prominent actors and actresses who garnered a couple of nominations for Academy Awards since the beginning have never won the coveted honor.

Hollywood is full of dark horses, and despite the amazing performances they’ve delivered, some just don’t make the cut, or worse, overlooked. So, here’s a quick list of those who have yet to win in the Academy Awards, and it comes as a surprise that many of these extraordinary talents haven’t won an Oscar yet.

Robert Downey Jr.

Before Downey played the role of Iron Man, he was nominated for an Academy Award way back in 1993 for his role in Chaplin. He was nominated Best Supporting Actor yet again in 2009 for Tropic Thunder.

Johnny Depp

Depp has played many interesting characters making him one of the most versatile actors of his time. In 2004, Depp was nominated Best Actor for his character Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The following year, he was nominated again for Finding Neverland and in 2008, he earned a Best Actor nomination for his role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Glenn Close

Close was nominated Best Supporting Actress in 1983, 1984 and 1985 for The World According to Garp, The Big Chill and The Natural respectively. Three years after, Close was nominated for Best Actress in her role in Fatal Attraction and on the following year was nominated Best Actress for Dangerous Liaisons. Her latest nomination for Best Actress was back in 2012 for Albert Nobbs.

Joaquin Phoenix

Phoenix was nominated Best Supporting Actor in 2001 for his role in Gladiator and got nominated for Best Actor again in the year 2006 for Walk the Line. He was also nominated last 2013 as Best Actor for the Master.

Tom Cruise

It looks like Cruise’s mission to win an Oscar now seems impossible despite being nominated Best Actor in 1990 for Born on the Fourth of July and again in 1997 for Jerry Maguire. His latest Best Actor nomination was back in 2000 for Magnolia.

Harrison Ford

One of Hollywood’s veteran actors, Ford was only nominated for Best Actor once for his role in Witness.

Michelle Williams

Williams earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for the first time for her role in Brokeback Mountain in 2006 and was nominated in 2011 for Best Actress in Blue Valentine. In the following year, she was also nominated for Best Actress in My Week with Marilyn. Just last year, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Manchester by the Sea.

Sigourney Weaver

Weaver was nominated for Best Actress in 1987 for Aliens. Two years later, she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey and was also nominated Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl in the same year.

Edward Norton

Norton in Primal Fear was nominated as Best Supporting Actor back in 1997 and in 1999, he was nominated Best Actor for his role in American History X. He also got nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2015 for Birdman.

Annette Benning

Benning was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Grifters in 1991 and nominated Best Actress in 2000 for American Beauty. She was again nominated Best Actress in 2005 for her role in Being Julia and also in 2011 for The Kids Are All Right.

Bill Murray

Murray was nominated only once as Best Actor for his role in Lost in Translation.

Laura Linney

Linney was nominated for Best Actress in 2001 for You Can Count on Me and was nominated Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for Kinsey. Lastly in 2008, she was nominated for Best Actress in The Savages.

John Travolta

Travolta was nominated for Best Actor in 1978 for Saturday Night Fever and in 1995 for his role in Pulp Fiction.

Ralph Fiennes

In 1994, Fiennes was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Schindler’s List and was nominated in 1997 for Best Actor in The English Patient.

Gary Oldman

Oldman was nominated for Best Actor back in 2012 for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

John Malkovich

Malkovich was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1985 for his role in Places in the Heart and in 1994 was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in In the Line of Fire.

Samuel L. Jackson

Jackson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Pulp Fiction.

Liam Neeson

Neeson was nominated for Best Actor in Schindler’s List back in 1994.

Ed Harris

In 1996, Harris was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Apollo 15 and in 1999 for The Truman Show. He was then nominated for Best Actor in 2001 for his role in Pollock, and in 2003 was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Hours.

Amy Adams

In 2006, Adams was first nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Junebug. Adams was nominated Best Supporting Actress again in 2009, 2011 and 2013 for her roles in Doubt, The Fighter and The Master respectively. Her latest nomination for Best Actress was last 2014 for her role in American Hustle.

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Your guide to the 2018 Oscars
By Patricia May P. Catan

THE long-awaited 90th Academy Awards will take place tomorrow at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to recognize the best films of 2017 and give honor to the talents behind them. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is set to present Academy Awards, or the Oscars, in 24 categories. The nominees were announced on January 23, 2018 at the Samuel Goldywn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. With 13 nominations, The Shape of Water led all nominees followed by Dunkirk with eight and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri came in third with seven nominations. Tomorrow will mark Hollywood’s biggest night, so let’s get to know the rest of the nominees through this guide:

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actress

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saorise Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Actress

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Best Animated Feature Film

Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

Best Director

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Best Documentary (Feature)

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

Edith+Eddie
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Best Film Editing

Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
Loveless
On Body and Soul
The Square

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

Best Original Score

Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song

“Mighty River” from Mudbound
“Mystery Of Love” from Call Me by Your Name
“Remember Me” from Coco
“Stand Up For Something” from Marshall
“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman

Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Best Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Best Live Action Short Film

DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

Best Sound Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Sound Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War of the Planet of the Apes

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

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