10 A-List Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar

The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars are regarded as arguably the most prestigious awards in the film industry and year after year stir up both excitement and controversy surrounding various nominations and eventual winners. Public opinion is always going to be divided following Oscar winners and nomination snubs, however there’s still a number of huge stars with plenty of reason to feel that they should have taken out the top spot at least once. So here’s 10 A-Listers who’ve never won an Oscar…

Will Smith

Will Smith as Christopher Gardener in 'The Pursuit of Happiness'

Nominated twice as Best Actor for his performances in ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ and ‘Ali’ Will Smith is the first name on this list and currently has never taken out the top spot at the Academy Awards. From ‘Independence Day’ to ‘I Am Legend’ even given such an immensely large catalogue of movies across all genres Smith hasn’t bagged an Oscar yet to many fans displeasure.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in 'Mission Impossible'

The ‘Mission Impossible’ star has had an illustrious career no doubt about that, but even with big performances outside of his most popular franchise in films such as ‘Minority Report’, ‘Rain Man’ and ‘The Color of Money’ Cruise has never received an Oscar. With three nominations at the awards for his work in ‘Magnolia’, ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘Born on the fourth of July’ whilst some still view Cruise as more of a blockbuster actor many still consider him unlucky to not have at least one Academy Award.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Zodiac'

Criminally underrated Jake Gyllenhaal has received just a single nomination at the Academy awards for his performance in ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and given his ability to put in quality performances how could he not be on this list. With fine displays in films such as ‘Nightcrawler’, ‘October Sky’, ‘Source Code’, ‘Prisoners’ and so many more it’s surprising Gyllenhaal has received just a single nomination and never taken out a win at the Oscars.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. as 'Iron Man'

Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most well known faces in Hollywood and outside of his most popular role as Iron Man he has been nominated twice at the academy awards for Oscars after his roles in ‘Tropic Thunder’ and ‘Chaplin’ however has never ended up taking out that top spot.

Matt Damon

Matt Damn in 'The Martian'

Outside of his penning involvement in ‘Good Will Hunting’ which won ‘Best Original Screenplay’ as far as acting goes Damon has actually never received an Oscar even after Nominations for his personal performances in ‘The Martian’, ‘Invictus’ and obviously ‘Good Will Hunting’. With appearances in ‘Interstellar’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ and so many more, many fans consider Damon more than deserving of an Oscar for his work.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford in 'Blade Runner'

Harrison Ford has had a long and for the most part strongly received career in Hollywood and from his performances in ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ to those in the various ‘Star Wars’ films it may surprise some to see Ford on this list but he actually has only ever received a single nomination at the academy awards for his work in ‘Witness’ and outside of that has never won an Oscar.

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo in 'Spotlight'

Mark Ruffalo is once again a very underrated actor as far as mainstream attention goes and regularly puts in quality performances. With three nominations for supporting roles in ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Spotlight’ and ‘The Kids are Alright’ Ruffalo has never been nominated for a lead role nor won any Oscar entirely. Given the top-shelf Ruffalo performances found in ‘You Can Count on Me’, ‘The Normal Heart’ and ‘Zodiac’ Ruffalo not being even nominated for a lead performance has stirred controversy in many fans.

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson in 'Batman Begins'

Say what you will about Liam Neeson but as far as his acting goes he has mustered some great performances, with a loaded arsenal of films such as ‘Batman Begins’, ‘Widows’, ‘Ordinary Love’, ‘Husbands and Wives’ and so many more it may surprise you to know that Neeson has never won an Oscar and has received just a singular nomination for his role in ‘Shindlers List’

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson in 'The Hunger Games'

Woody Harrelson is one of those actors whose persona may lead you to initially misjudge his ability to take on all types of roles and take them on well. The genre blending actor whom feels considerably underappreciated has been nominated three times at the academy awards for roles in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’, ‘The Messenger’ and ‘The People vs Larry Flynt’ but couldn’t bag an Oscar for any.

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson in 'Pulp Fiction'

Last but certainly not least, Samuel L. Jackson has been nominated just once for his role in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and with such a massive array of movie appearances and big roles some feel that Jackson has been unfortunate not to at least get a few more nominations and even wins at the Academy Awards.


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