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20 Good Actors Without Oscars

20 Good Actors Without Oscars

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Some actors deliver great performances and get showered with awards. Others deliver great performances and just get hosed.

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Of course, not everyone can win an Oscar; otherwise, the awards wouldn't mean anything. But when you look at the actors and actresses who were denied an Oscar despite a record of consistently great work, you have to wonder what the Academy was thinking.

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Whether they were overshadowed or completely robbed, these are the best actors who have never been honored with that coveted gold statue.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"; lost to Tommy Lee Jones, "The Fugitive"

2005: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Aviator"; lost to Jamie Foxx, "Ray"

2007: Nominated for Best Actor, "Blood Diamond"; lost to Forest Whitaker, "Last King of Scotland"

2014: Nominated for "The Wolf of Wall Street"; lost to Matthew McConaughey, "The Dallas Buyers Club"

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Johnny Depp

2004: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"; lost to Sean Penn, "Mystic River"

2005: Nominated for Best Actor, "Finding Neverland"; lost to Jamie Foxx, "Ray"

2008: Nominated for Best Actor, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"; lost to Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"

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Tom Cruise

1990: Nominated for Best Actor, "Born on the Fourth of July"; lost to Daniel Day-Lewis, "My Left Foot"

1997: Nominated for Best Actor, "Jerry Maguire"; lost to Geoffrey Rush, "Shine"

2000: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Magnolia"; lost to Michael Caine, "The Cider House Rules"

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Julianne Moore

1998: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Boogie Nights"; lost to Kim Basinger, "L.A. Confidential"

2000: Nominated for Best Actress, "The End of the Affair"; lost to Hilary Swank, "Boys Don't Cry"

2003: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Hours"; lost to Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Chicago"

2003: Nominated for Best Actress, "Far From Heaven"; lost to Nicole Kidman, "The Hours"

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Glenn Close

1983: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The World According to Garp"; lost to Jessica Lange, "Tootsie"

1984: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Big Chill": lost to Linda Hunt, "The Year of Living Dangerously"

1985: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Natural": lost to Peggy Ashcroft, "A Passage to India"

1988: Nominated for Best Actress, "Fatal Attraction"; lost to Cher, "Moonstruck"

1989: Nominated for Best Actress, "Dangerous Liasons"; lost to Jodie Foster, "The Accused"

2012: Nominated for Best Actress, "Albert Nobbs"; lost to Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

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Joaquin Phoenix

2001: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Gladiator"; lost to Benicio del Toro, "Traffic"

2006: Nominated for Best Actor, "Walk the Line"; lost to Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"

2013: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Master"; lost to Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

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Edward Norton

1997: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Primal Fear"; lost to Cuba Gooding, Jr., "Jerry Maguire"

1999: Nominated for Best Actor, "American History X"; lost to Roberto Benigni, "Life is Beautiful"

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Annette Bening

1991: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "The Grifters"; lost to Whoopi Goldberg, "Ghost"

2000: Nominated for Best Actress, "American Beauty"; lost to Hilary Swank, "Boys Don't Cry"

2005: Nominated for Best Actress, "Being Julia"; lost to Hilary Swank, "Million Dollar Baby"

2011: Nominated for Best Actress, "The Kids Are All Right"; lost to Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

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Ed Harris

1996: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Apollo 13"; lost to Kevin Spacey, "The Usual Suspects"

1999: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Truman Show"; lost to James Coburn, "Affliction"

2001: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pollock"; lost to Russell Crowe, "Gladiator"

2003: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Hours"; lost to Chris Cooper, "Adaptation."

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Sigourney Weaver

1987: Nominated for Best Actress, "Aliens"; lost to Marlee Matlin, "Children of a Lesser God"

1989: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Working Girl"; lost to Geena Davis, "The Accidental Tourist"

1989: Nominated for Best Actress, "Gorillas in the Mist"; lost to Jodie Foster, "The Accused"

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Harrison Ford

1985: Nominated for Best Actor, "Witness"; lost to William Hurt, "Kiss of the Spider Woman"

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Albert Finney

1964: Nominated for Best Actor, "Tom Jones"; lost to Sidney Poitier, "Lilies of the Field"

1975: Nominated for Best Actor, "Murder on the Orient Express"; lost to Art Carney, "Harry and Tonto"

1984: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Dresser"; lost to Robert Duvall, "Tender Mercies"

1985: Nominated for Best Actor, "Under the Volcano"; lost to F. Murray Abraham, "Amadeus"

2001: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Erin Brockovich"; lost to  Benicio del Toro, "Traffic"

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Michelle Pfeiffer

1989: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, "Dangerous Liasons"; lost to Geena Davis, "The Accidental Tourist"

1990: Nominated for Best Actress, "The Fabulous Baker Boys"; lost to Jessica Tandy, "Driving Miss Daisy"

1993: Nominated for Best Actress, "Love Field"; lost to Emma Thompson, "Howards End"

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John Travolta

1978: Nominated for Best Actor, "Saturday Night Fever"; lost to Richard Dreyfuss, "The Goodbye Girl"

1995: Nominated for Best Actor, "Pulp Fiction"; lost to Tom Hanks, "Forrest Gump"

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Gary Oldman

2012: Nominated for Best Actor, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; lost to Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

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Robert Downey, Jr.

1993: Nominated for Best Actor, "Chaplin"; lost to Al Pacino, "Scent of a Woman"

2009: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Tropic Thunder"; lost to Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"

 

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Liam Neeson

1994: Nominated for Best Actor, "Schindler's List"; lost to Tom Hanks, "Philadelphia"

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Will Smith

2002: Nominated for Best Actor, "Ali"; lost to Denzel Washington, "Training Day"

2007: Nominated for Best Actor, "The Pursuit of Happyness"; lost to Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"

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Mark Wahlberg

2007: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "The Departed"; lost to Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"

2011: Nominated for Best Picture, "The Fighter" (along with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman); lost to Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, "The King's Speech"

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Ralph Fiennes

1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, "Schindler's List"; lost to Tommy Lee Jones, "The Fugitive"

1997: Nominated for Best Actor, "The English Patient"; lost to Geoffrey Rush, "Shine"

 

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