1. Samuel L. Jackson
Despite being in movies for almost five decades now, Samuel L. Jackson has never been an Academy Award winner. In 2021, it was announced by the Academy that he would be given a "consolation prize" and he would be getting his honorary Oscar in 2022.
2. Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen has been in the industry since the 1960s, but he is still yet to have an Oscar to take home. He got nominated for 1998's Gods and Monsters and 2001's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring but left home empty-handed.
3. Robert Downey Jr.
Would you believe that RDJ has never won an Oscar in his entire life just yet? The ever-charming Tony Stark of our universe himself is actually responsible for this: he flat out told his team to not put his name forward for consideration in the awards show.
4. Annette Bening
Annette had four Oscar nominations, but she has never taken home a win. This actress has been in numerous genres already, so it's really a wonder why she hasn't won an Oscar already.
5. Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney has been nominated three times: two of them in 1989, for her roles in 1988's Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, but has never brought home the bacon.
6. Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams can be pretty selective with her roles, but she has slowly made her way up to be a reputable Hollywood actress. She has been nominated for an Oscar four times, including for her roles in Brokeback Mountain and Manchester by the Sea.
7. John Malkovich
John Malkovich stars in movies that the Academy always seems to love, but it's a wonder why he still hasn't won an Oscar. He's been nominated as Best Supporting Actor twice.
8. Amy Adams
This one's pretty unbelievable too—Amy Adams has long cemented her rep as an amazing actress and she has been recognized numerous times for her acting. However, she has never won an Oscar, despite being nominated six times.
9. Bill Murray
Bill Murray is one of those A-celebs on Hollywood that will just leave you scratching your heads because he still hasn't won an Oscar yet.
10. Glenn Close
Glenn Close starred in Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, and Hillbilly Elegy and has been nominated for an Oscar eight times, but she never won. She seems fine with it, though.
In an interview with the Associated Press in 2021, Glenn said, "Who in that category is a loser? You're there, you're five people honored for the work you've done by your peers. What's better than that? And I honestly feel that the press likes to have winners and losers. And then they say, 'Who is the worst dressed?' And, you know, 'Who made the worst speech?' Forget it. It's not what it's about."
11. Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is unquestionably worthy of an Oscar, but he is still yet to get his hands on that golden statue. He has been nominated three times: for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, and Magnolia.
12. Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes has been nominated for his performance in The English Patient and Schindler's List, but he is still yet to win an Academy Award.
13. Johnny Depp
Yep, Johnny still hasn't won an Oscar! He has been nominated as best actor three times but has never brought home an award.
14. Jake Gyllenhaal
It comes as a surprise that Jake Gyllenhaal has only been nominated once for Oscars, and it was only as best supporting actor for his performance in Brokeback Mountain.
15. Edward Norton
It's also a shocker that Edward Norton failed to bag that golden statue for American History X. He has been nominated three times.
16. Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci was nominated for his performance in The Lovely Bones in 2009, but it was Christoph Waltz that won the trophy for best supporting actor in Inglourious Basterds.
17. Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson's work in Schindler's List and Kinsey could have bagged him an Oscar, but he, unfortunately, lost his nomination for best actor to Tom Hanks in Philadelphia.
Sure, some people may say that the Oscars may be rigged and that at the end of the day, it's just a golden statue—but for these actors, it would mark a significant milestone in their lives that no other award show would be able to replicate. We sure hope that they would be getting their well-deserved award soon because it's about time they bagged that statue!
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