Not everybody wins at the Oscars. Most end up as also-rans with nothing to show for it. And there have been some big names from the world of cinema who have been repeatedly snubbed by the Oscar jury — for undisclosed reasons, of course. Leonardo DiCaprio has become the latest to join this club as he was pipped by Mathew McConaughey for the Best Actor award. hitlist puts the spotlight on Hollywood personalities who only have nominations but never the golden statuette.
Movies: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Lowdown: It’s been two decades since Leo earned his first nod and this year was hugely in his favour given the scale of his performance. No wonder when he lost the gong, social media saw with the hashtag #PoorLeo trending worldwide.
Movies: Lawrence of Arabia (1962); Beckett (1964); The Lion in Winter (1968); Goodbye Mr Chips (1969); The Ruling Class (1972); The Stunt Man (1980); My Favourite Year (1982) and Venus (UK 2006)
Lowdown: Over a span of 50 years, this legendary actor was nominated every single time in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category.
Movies: And The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), The Natural (1984), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Fatal Attraction (1987) and Albert Nobbs (2011)
Lowdown: For Glenn, the 1980s were sprinkled with five nominations in the acting category without a win. After 24 years, she received her sixth nomination for a role in Albert Nobbs, where she portrays a man.
Movies: Edward, My Son (1949), From Here to Eternity (1953), The King and I (1956), Heaven Knows, Mr Allison (1957), Separate Tables (1958) and The Sundowners (1960)
Lowdown: After snubbing one of the most nominated actresses in Academy history for years in the ’50s, Deborah was finally handed the Honorary Award in 1994.
Movies: M*A*S*H (1970), Nashville (1975), The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993) and Gosford Park (2001)
Lowdown: In 2006, the filmmaker was given the Honorary Award, to which he said, “I can’t think of a better award. To me it’s better for all of my work than for just a couple of things.”
Movies: Rebecca (1940), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945), Rear Window (1954) and Psycho (1960)
Lowdown: One of the greatest filmmakers of all time was criminally overlooked by the Academy Award jury members. As a consolation perhaps, he was awarded the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award in 1967.
Movies: Junebug (2005), Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), The Master (2012) and American Hustle (2013)
Lowdown: She’s often touted as the next Meryl Streep (who holds the record for the most acting nominations at 18) for a reason. And going by her rising nominations sans a win, she is certainly on the right path.
Movies: Equus (1977), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Becket (1964), The Robe
(1953) and My Cousin Rachel (1952)
Lowdown: Popular for his on-off marriage with Elizabeth Taylor, the Welsh actor has been acknowledged as one of the finest actors from the 20th century to have not registered a single gold.
Movies: Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), Under the Volcano (1984) and Erin Brockovich (2000)
Lowdown: Although other premium award ceremonies like Golden Globes and BAFTA have been receptive to his enormous talent, the Oscars decided to look the other way.
Are you kidding?
The record for the most Oscar nominations without a win is held by sound mixer Kevin O’Connell. He has been nominated 20 times so far, with his last nod coming in 2007 for Transformers. Tough luck!
Others in the nominations list without a win in the acting category so far…