Gary Oldman Voted Greatest Actor to Never Win an Oscar

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Gary Oldman wore a custom tuxedo by Paul Smith with Union Jack buttons at the wrists. "I'm surprisingly calm tonight," said the "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" best actor nominee. "But what other way is there to be? It took me a long time to get here, and I do think it was actually worth the wait."

Rounding out the top three on the list — which was voted on by nearly 34,000 people — were Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp.

There are many great actors who haven't won Oscars, but who tops the list? 

According to, Gary Oldman is the greatest actor to have never taken home the acting trophy. The Brit, known for his role as James Gordon in the Dark Knight trilogy, has been nominated just once for the best actor Oscar in 2011 for his work in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. crowdsources public opinion to create ranked lists. This list received nearly 34,000 votes that were then processed by the Ranker algorithm, which considers factors such as the ratio of upvotes to downvotes and the raw number of upvotes and downvotes.

Coming in at No. 2 on the list is Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been nominated four times in the acting categories for What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Aviator, Blood Diamond and The Wolf of Wall Street

Rounding out the top three is Johnny Depp. The Finding Neverland and Pirates of the Caribbean star has been nominated three times since 2003. 

Only one current nominee made the top five. Edward Norton, who is up for the supporting actor Oscar for his work in Birdman, came in at No. 4. Rounding out the top 10 were Ian McKellen, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Robert Downey Jr., Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood.

People voted differently based on their ages and genders. Women and people under 30 picked DiCaprio as their No. 1, while men and people over 30 chose Oldman. DiCaprio was also popular with votes in the Northeast, South and Midwest, while Oldman won with votes on the West Coast and abroad. 

People who voted for Oldman also voted for McKellen, while DiCaprio fans were also Norton supporters. 

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