Oscars: 20 of the Most Nominated Actors and Actresses Who Have Never Won

2:33 PM 2/23/2016

by Meena Jang

Will it finally be Leonardo DiCaprio's year? The 'Revenant' actor joins a list of stars (including Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise and Warren Beatty) who have scored multiple lead and supporting actor Oscar noms over the years but have never taken a trophy home.

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    Peter O'Toole

    8 nominations

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    Best actor in a leading role:
    Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    Becket (1964)
    The Lion in Winter (1968)
    Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
    The Ruling Class (1972)
    The Stunt Man (1980)
    My Favorite Year (1982)
    Venus (2006)

    Despite not winning an acting award, O'Toole was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2003 for his contributions to the film industry.

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    Richard Burton

    7 nominations

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    Best actor in a supporting role:
    My Cousin Rachel (1952)

    Best actor in a leading role:
    The Robe (1953)
    Becket (1964)
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
    Equus (1977)

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    Glenn Close

    6 nominations

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    Best actress in a supporting role:
    The World According to Garp (1982)
    The Big Chill (1983)
    The Natural (1984)

    Best actress in a leading role:
    Fatal Attraction (1987)
    Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
    Albert Nobbs (2011)

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    Deborah Kerr

    6 nominations

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    Best actress in a leading role:
    Edward, My Son (1949)
    From Here to Eternity (1953)
    The King and I (1956)
    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
    Separate Tables (1958)
    The Sundowners (1960)

    Kerr won an Honorary Oscar in 1994 for her career achievements.

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    Thelma Ritter

    6 nominations

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    Best actress in a supporting role:
    All About Eve (1950)
    The Mating Season (1951)
    With a Song in My Heart (1952)
    Pickup on South Street (1953)
    Pillow Talk (1959)
    Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

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    Amy Adams

    5 nominations

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    Best actress in a supporting role:
    Junebug (2005)
    Doubt (2008)
    The Fighter (2010)
    The Master (2012)

    Best actress in a leading role:
    American Hustle (2013)

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    Leonardo DiCaprio

    5 nominations

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    Best actor in a supporting role:
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

    Best actor in a leading role:
    The Aviator (2004)
    Blood Diamond (2006)
    The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    The Revenant (2015)

    In 2014, DiCaprio shared a best picture Oscar nomination with Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Joey McFarland and Martin Scorsese for serving as a producer on The Wolf of Wall Street. He's currently vying for best actor (his fifth nod) at this year's Academy Awards — alongside Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne — for his role in The Revenant.

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    Irene Dunne

    5 nominations

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    Best actress in a leading role:
    Cimarron (1931)
    Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
    The Awful Truth (1937)
    Love Affair (1939)
    I Remember Mama (1948)

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    Albert Finney

    5 nominations

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    Best actor in a leading role:
    Tom Jones (1963)
    Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
    The Dresser (1983)
    Under the Volcano (1984)

    Best actor in a supporting role:
    Erin Brockovich (2000)

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    Arthur Kennedy

    5 nominations

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    Best actor in a supporting role:
    Champion (1949)
    Trial (1955)
    Peyton Place (1957)
    Some Came Running (1958)

    Best actor in a leading role:
    Bright Victory (1951)

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    Warren Beatty

    4 nominations

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    Best actor in a leading role:
    Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    Heaven Can Wait (1978)
    Reds (1981)
    Bugsy (1991)

    Over the course of his career, Beatty has racked up noms for directing, producting and writing several of the films he also starred in, including Heaven Can Wait and Bugsy. In 1982, he took home the award for best director for Reds (though he didn't win for his acting role) and was later honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000.

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    Annette Bening

    4 nominations

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    Best actress in a supporting role:
    The Grifters (1990)

    Best actress in a leading role:
    American Beauty (1999)
    Being Julia (2004)
    The Kids Are All Right (2010)

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    Ed Harris

    4 nominations

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    Best actor in a supporting role:
    Apollo 13 (1995)
    The Truman Show (1998)
    The Hours (2002)

    Best actor in a leading role:
    Pollock (2000)

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    Mickey Rooney

    4 nominations

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    Best actor in a leading role:
    Babes in Arms (1939)
    The Human Comedy (1943)

    Best actor in a supporting role:
    The Bold and the Brave (1956)
    The Black Stallion (1979)

    In 1983, Rooney was given an Honorary Oscar recognizing his five-decade career.

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    Bradley Cooper

    3 nominations

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    Best actor in a leading role:
    Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    American Sniper (2014)

    Best actor in a supporting role:
    American Hustle (2013)

    Cooper also shared a best picture nomination with Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan in 2015 for serving as a producer on American Sniper.

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    Tom Cruise

    3 nominations

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    Best actor in a leading role:
    Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
    Jerry Maguire (1996)

    Best actor in a supporting role:
    Magnolia (1999)

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    Johnny Depp

    3 nominations

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    Best actor in a leading role:
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    Finding Neverland (2004)
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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    Sigourney Weaver

    3 nominations

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    Best actress in a leading role:
    Aliens (1986)
    Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988)

    Best actress in a supporting role:
    Working Girl (1988)

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    Matt Damon

    3 nominations

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    Best actor in a leading role:
    Good Will Hunting (1997)
    The Martian (2015)

    Best actor in a supporting role:
    Invictus (2009)

    Though he didn't win for his lead performance in Good Will Hunting, at the 1998 ceremony, he and co-star Ben Affleck won the best original screenplay Oscar for their writing credits on the film. This year, Damon is in the running for best actor in a leading role for Ridley Scott's The Martian.

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    Mark Ruffalo

    3 nominations

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    Best actor in a supporting role:
    The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    Foxcatcher (2014)
    Spotlight (2015)

    This year, Ruffalo landed his third Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Boston Globe reporter Mike Rezendes in Spotlight.

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