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17 A-list Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar But Deserves It

Academy Award for the best actor in leading/ Supporting role is given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honor the best achievements by an actor for a film. It is considered to be the most prestigious Award around the globe. Every year actors do hard work in the film to get their hands on this Award. Some actors have won the awards multiple times, but there are some actors who are considered to be the best in their fields but can’t get their hands to this Award.

So here is the list of one of the best actors who have never won a single award :

1. Johnny Depp

Nominated for: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Jhonny Depp is one of the few actors that are households name around the globe, know for playing some iconic roles like Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series, etc.

2. Robert Downey, Jr.

Nominated for: Chaplin, Tropic Thunder

Iron man, he is known as Iron in the world for playing one best superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His other roles include Sherlock Holmes. He is a method actor.

3. Ian McKellen

Nominated for: Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

He is Gandalf from the Middle Earth franchise, The good old friendly magician who helped Mr. Frodo on his quest. Also known for playing Magneti in the X-men.

4. Samuel L. Jackson

Nominated for: Pulp Fiction

Samuel Jackson is our very own Nick Fury from the MCU; he is the leader of the SHIELD. Known for his various comedic roles but got nominated for his role in Pulp Fiction.

5. Hugh Jackman

Nominated for: Les Misérables

Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor known for playing Wolverine for 17 years in the X- men movie franchise, Logan was the film of his as the iconic superhero Wolverine. Delivering best performances from the past few years for his hit films.

6. Matt Damon

Nominated for: Good Will Hunting, Invictus, The Martian

Matthew Damon is an American actor, film producer, and screenwriter. He is one of Forbes magazine’s most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Known for playing Linus Caldwell from the ocean film franchise and recent hit The Martian for which he also got nominated for an oscar.

7. Edward Norton

Nominated for: Primal Fear, American History X, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Edward Norton is an American actor and filmmaker, known for roles in hit films like Fight Club and The Incredible Hulk. He has received numerous awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe Award and three Academy Award nominations.

8. Willem Dafoe

Nominated for: Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire, The Florida Project

Willem Dafoe is an actor known for playing Green Hoblin in Sam Raimi’s spiderman film. Dafoe has frequently collaborated with filmmakers Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, and Wes Anderson.

9. Liam Neeson

Nominated for: Schindler’s List

Liam Neeson is an Irish actor known for playing roles in the superhero film Batman Begins, the action series Taken. He voiced Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy. Shindler’s list remains his top film.

10. Harrison Ford

Nominated for: Witness

Who does know Harrison ford, He gained worldwide fame for his role as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy. Notably the most beloved character from the whole Star Wars universe. He has done many geares of film from action to science fiction to drama; every role suits his persona.

11. Woody Harrelson

Nominated for: The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Messenger, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Woody Harrelson is an American actor and playwright who is famous for his roles in different films like action, comedy, and drama. His recent famous roles include carnage in venom and Tallahassee in the Zombieland franchise. He has done good acting in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, also nominated for an oscar but failed to win it.

12. Jake Gyllenhaal

Nominated for: Brokeback Mountain

Jake Gyllenhaal got his breakthrough role in Donnie Darko, one the .most confusing films but his best work in the film Brokeback Mountain which also stars Heath ledger. some recent works include Mysterio in Spiderman Far From Home.

13. Benedict Cumberbatch

Nominated for: The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor known for his method acting skills.
Gained fame by playing the iconic role of Sherlock Holmes in the hit BBC Sherlock series. His recent works include playing Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

14. Michael Fassbender

Nominated for: 12 Years a Slave, Steve Jobs

Michael Fassbender is an Irish – German actor known for playing the Marvel Comics supervillain Magneto in X-Men: First Class and later x men films. He has done different kinds of role; his film career is spanning over different genres.

15. Viggo Mortensen

Nominated for: Eastern Promises, Captain Fantastic, Green Book

Viggo Mortensen got worldwide fame by playing Aragorn in the epic fantasy adventure trilogy The Lord of the Rings. His recent works include Green Book, in which he plays Tony Lip, a renowned American actor. Mortensen is also a painter and photographer.

16. Bradley Cooper

Nominated for: Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper, A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper is an American actor who got his breakthrough role in the hangover film series as Phil. He also voices Rockett Racoon in the MCU. He is considered to be one of the best actors working in the industry. He also directed A Star is Born for which he got an Oscar nomination. In 2019, he produced the film Joker, which was a breakout success for the DC.

17. Tom Hardy

Nominated for: The Revenant

Tom Hardy is an English actor known for playing different characters in comic book characters films like Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Venom. He is a frequent collaborator with Christopher Nolan, has done several films directed by him like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Dunkirk.

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