Top 10 Actors Who Haven’t Won An Oscar


When people think of the Oscars, they think of the best in the film industry. The best actors, the best movies, the best songs. It has long been the gold standard of achievement, and for 81 years, the Oscars have awarded this top prize to some of the most recognizable Hollywood icons of all time. Still, throughout the history of the Academy Awards, some of the greatest actors have gone without recognition. Here is a list of the ten best actors who were never awarded an Oscar.

Editor’s note: This list does not take into account the 2010 Oscar Awards for which Jeff Bridges finally won an Oscar.

10. Peter O’Toole

Now O’Toole did win an honorary Oscar in 2003 once the Academy realized that they have long shunned this magnificent actor, who has been waiting for his statuette since his first nomination for his role in Laurence of Arabia 47 years ago. O’Toole has been nominated 7 times since then, and helped to coin the phrase, “It’s a pleasure just to be nominated,” although you can hear the bitterness in his voice when he says it. Despite the constant and consistent snubbing by the Academy, O’Toole is no stranger to award wins. His performance in Laurence of Arabia was later recognized as the greatest performance of all time in Premiere Magazine.

Peter O’Toole Nominations

Best Actor

1962 – As T.E. Laurence in Laurence of Arabia – Lost to Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a  Mocking Bird

1964 – As Becket in King Henry II – Lost to Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady

1968 – As King Henry II in The Lion in Winter – Lost to Cliff Robertson as Charly Gordon in Charly

1969 – As Arthur Chipping in Goodbye, Mr. Chips – Lost to John Wayne as Marshal Reuben J. Cogburn in True Grit

1972 – As Jack Gurney in The Ruling Class – Lost to Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather

1980 – As Eli Cross in The Stunt Man – Lost to Robert De Niro as Jack LaMotta in Raging Bull

1982 – As Alan Swann in My Favorite Year – Lost to Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Gandhi in Gandhi

2006 – As Maurice in Venus – Lost to Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland

9. Cary Grant

Bogart, Stewart, and Grant. These three icons epitomize classic film, but Grant never  earned the accolades that were bestowed upon Bogart and Stewart. He was nominated twice for an Oscar, and sits on almost all top ten actors of all time lists, but he never wrapped his hands around his own gold statue until an honorary award was bestowed on him at the 1970 Academy Awards. Grant, who was a regular in the films of Alfred Hitchcock, another Oscarless icon, starred in classic films like North by Northwest, and To Catch a Thief.

Cary Grant Nominations

Best Actor

1941 – As Roger Adams in Penny Serenade – Lost to Gary Cooper as Alvin c. York in Sergeant York

1944 – As Ernie Mott in None but the Lonely Heart – Lost to Bing Crosby as Father Chuck O’Malley in Going My Way

8. Leonardo Dicaprio

Dicaprio has never been in a role that didn’t deserve an Oscar nod. Yes, that is a little exaggerated, but Leo is known for taking on the difficult roles. From his first nomination in 1993 for his role as Arnie, in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Dicaprio has continually pushed his creative limits, taking on roles such as a drug addled high schooler, a runaway conman, a modern Romeo, and a vengeful New Yorker. He earned two more Oscar nods for his role in Blood Diamond and The Aviator. Still under the age of 40, Dicaprio has a long time before he has to succumb to the lifetime achievement award.

Leonardo DiCaprio Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

1993 – As Arnie Grape in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – Lost to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive

Best Actor

2004 – As Howard Hughes in The Aviator – Lost to Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

2006 – As Danny Archer in Blood Diamond – Lost to Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland

7. James Dean

There is no doubt that if James Dean would have lived longer he would have nabbed at least one Oscar award. During his short lived movie career, Dean left a lasting impression on the cinema world. He was the first actor to ever be nominated for an award after his death, for his role in East of Eden, and is still the only actor to have earned a second posthumous award, for his work in Giant. And even though the Academy has developed a soft spot for the deceased, Dean is a rebel without an award.

James Dean Nominations

Best Actor

1955 – As Carl Trask in East of Eden – Lost to Ernest Borgine as Marty Piletti in Marty

1956 – As Jett Rink in Giant – Lost to Yul Brunner as King Mongkut of Siam in The King and I

6. Jeff Bridges Jeff finally won, Congratulations!

Let’s face it, the dude can act. Since 1971 when Bridges lost his first nomination to co-star Ben Johnson in The Last Picture Show, Bridges has been nominated three additional times. His role in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot was defeated in 1974 by Robert De Niro’s portrayal of the Godfather. He lost again in 1984  and 2000. Bridges has been a major player for the past four decades, and it is about time he got his due. His latest role in the movie Crazy Heart, has gathered plenty of buzz, and might finally help bridges over the Oscar hump. Editor’s Note. It did!

Jeff Bridges Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

1971 – As Duane Jackson in The Last Picture Show – Lost to Ben Johnson as Sam the Lion in The Last Picture Show

1974 – As Lightfoot in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot – Lost to Robert DeNiro as Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II

2000 – As President Jackson Evans in The Contender – Lost to Beniciio del Toro as Javier Rodiguez Rodriguez in Traffic

Best Actor

1984 – As Starman/Scott Hayden in Starman – Lost to F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus

5. Albert Finney

Finney is one of the finest actors on both stage and screen. He has been awarded Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, The Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, and many other prestigious prizes, but has never taken home an Oscar, despite being nominated five times. But don’t feel bad for Finney. He doesn’t seem to put much weight on the importance of awards, as he has never shown up to an Oscar Ceremony.

Albert Finney Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

2000 – As Edward L. Masry in Erin Brockovich – Lost to Benecio del Toro as Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez in Traffic

Best Actor

1963 – As Tom Jones in Tom Jones – Lost to Sidney Poitier as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field

1974 – As Hercule Poirot in murder on the Orient Express – Lost to Art Carney as Harry Coombes in Harry and Tonto

1983 – As Sir in The Dresser – Lost to Robert Duvall as Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies

1984 – As Geoffrey Firmin in Under the Volcano – Lost to F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus

4. Sam Rockwell

Not only has Rockwell never won an Oscar, but he has also never even been nominated. The versatile actor isn’t known by name to many, but his performances in movies like The Green Miles, Galaxy Quest, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Matchstick Men, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, have continually garnered the attention of critics. Rockwell’s latest movie, Moon, which is basically a one man film, has sparked petitions to get this worthy actor a nomination.

Sam Rockwell Nominations

No nominations. Should have won or at least been nominated for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Should have been nominated this year for Moon.

3. Edward Norton

Norton hadn’t done much acting work before he received his first nomination. Primal Fear, in 1996, was Norton’s first major role and it led to his first major nomination. Two years later he would receive his second nod for his powerful work in American History X. Although he hasn’t been nominated since, Norton is still in the beginning stages of his career, with barely a decade under his belt, despite his established body of work.

Edward Norton Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

1996 – As Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear – Lost to Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire

Best Actor

1998 – As Derek Vinyard in American History X – Lost to Roberto Benigni as Guido Orefice in Life is Beautiful.

2. Tom Cruise

So maybe Cocktail, Mission Impossible, and Top Gun, weren’t exactly Oscar quality, but the list of Cruise’s quality movies are endless.  The Color of Money, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July. He is a Director’s favorite and one of the top grossing actors of all time. He has had three Oscar nominations, and no wins. As his craziness levels continue to rise, and his box office appeal begins to dwindle, Cruise might have missed out on his Golden Ticket.

Tom Cruise Nominations

Best Supporting Actor

1999 – As Frank T.J. Mackey in Magnolia – Lost to Michael Caine as Dr. Wilbur Larch in The Cider House Rules

Best Actor

1989 – As Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July – Lost to Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown in My Left Foot

1996 – As Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire – Lost to Geoffrey Rush as David Helfgott in Shine

1. Johnny Depp

Depp has done his best to stay out of the limelight, but in recent years, there wasn’t much he could do to avoid being showered with accolades. From the monstrous hit, Pirates of the Caribbean, Depp has earned three nominations. One for being a pirate, one for being an author, and one for being a demon barber. As Depp balances between quirky characters and box office hits, it is only a matter of time until the Oscar shows up at his door.

Johnny Depp Nominations

Best Actor

2003 – As Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean – Lost to Sean Penn as Jimmy Markum in Mystic River

2004 – As Sir James Mathew Barrie in Finding Neverland – Lost to Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

2007 – As Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd – Lost to Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will be Blood

Honorable Mentions

This list was far to short to name all of the actors who deserve Academy Awards. Here are a few actors, and a few actresses, who weren’t even nominated for this list.

Paul Giamani, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, William H. Macy, John Malkovich, Bill Murray, Marilyn Monroe, Steve Buschemi, Richard Burton, Fred Astaire, Glenn Close, Greta Garbo, Orson Welles, Jeff Daniels, and many, many more.

by Dan Evon

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  1. Where the hell is jim carrey!!in the list…he is as best as above ones!!infact even more far from them!!!

  2. Leo deserves it. Al Pacino to me is VERY overrated. He does the same character & tone in every moving. Zero stretch “whooo ha”

  3. Underrated : Tom Cruise – Johnny Depp – Samuel L. Jackson – Gary Oldman – Kevin Bacon.

    Overrated: Leonardo DiCaprio – Brad Pitt – Robert Downey Jr. – Mark Wahlberg.

  4. And Ralph Fiennes?
    IMHO he is one of the greatest, his transformability is unique (and what a stage actor!) he is unrecognizable in his different roles. Pure analysis and wonderful performances with restrained tooles.
    He’s not late yet, but it is just in time to get it. .

  5. It’s so unfair Johnny Depp has not an oscar!!!Come on guys!!He is the king of cinema!!!!

  6. Asashii Fustazi on

    Sam Rockwell and Ed Norton i can see they make Leo’s performances look like he belong on a tv show like growing Pains, oh yeah he was on growing pains, this boys life is his best peformance to date only because Deniro was there to help him shine!

  7. Asashii Fustazi on

    Sorry Jim, James Dean revolutionized a method of raw and unscripted acting never really seen in movies until he did it, he played real characters not some leave it to beaver stiff cardboard BS, even out shine rock Hudson on Giant and thenyou realized just how artificial Hollywood was until he came along!!!

  8. Liam Neeson[Schindlers List 🙁 ], Alan Rickman, Kevin Bacon, Ralph Fiennes, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Ed Harris, Bill Murray, John Cusack, Gary Sinise……

  9. How could you not include Richard Burton? He was nominated 7 times and never won. He is one of the greatest actors of all time. To include modern Actors like Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Edward Norton, and Leondardo Dicaprio is absolutely insane. These actors still have long careers ahead of them, how you could include them and not Burton is obscene!

  10. Leo Dicaprio should have really gotten that Oscar for playing Jack in Titanic, his performance was so good. No one can play Jack like he does. He’s so natural, even in his other movies. Maybe they shun him because they think he looks too commercial, but they shouldn’t, it should be all based on acting, not on how oscar-like the actor’s vibe would be.

    Plus also Brad Pitt should be in the list, I know people think he is overrated, but really he can act, at least when I watched the mexican(not oscar movie i know), but then in my opinion he isn’t as good as Dicaprio. And lastly, Johnny Depp, he is one of my favorite actors, but really, I do not think he’s been robbed of an oscar, because his roles are generally quirky and funny and unconventional, but he seems to act the same thing all over again in different movies, but he’s funny and I like him.

    Now if Leo reaches the end of his career, still not winning, that is just injustice, he should have one a long time ago in the first place.

    • All the way down these comments, every actor in creation mentioned & nobody but nobody gives a shout to Richard Gere?! An icon if ever there was one…at least a nomination? And what about a bigger one…Costner? Granted he has a non-actor Oscar, but like Gere & Harrison ford we are talking about icons like Cary grant of their era, they all are Oscar worthy

  11. Johnny Depp is not Oscar worthy, he’s been playing these annyoing Tim Burton gothic trash for over a decade.

  12. Tom Cruise is the best actor ever and he deserved an Oscar a long time ago. His acting skills are amazing and is one of the few actors to achieve success before the age of 30.

    Thank goodness Brad Pitt and Robert Downey are not in that list, both are overrated and can’t act.

  13. how can one forget liam neeson????such a gifted actor..few cud hv played schindler as he did..

  14. Umm. About your honorable mention Matt damon has a Oscar him and Ben afleck won for best screenplay with goodwill hunting its what launch his career

  15. Leo Dicaprio was robbed for “Gilbert Grape” losing to Tommy Lee Jones for playing….Tommy Lee Jones!

    • Asashii Fustazi on

      half way playing a mental handicapped person or a slow person doesnt mean it was oscar worthy. Leo isnt as talented as Tommy Jones pinky finger!

  16. Starks100000 on

    Brad Pitt not on the list or in the honorable mentions. Wow.

    Johnny Depp is a one-trick pony only good at zany roles? Ever seen Donnie Brasco?

    Ed Norton is probably too high on the list, but still one of my favorite actors.

    • Johnny Depp plays different roles. His performance in Blow was oscar-worthy. For someone to take control of every movie they are in like Depp does, he is worthy. However, Number 1 should be Leo, he has the most widely ranged resume as anyone on the list. Inception, Blood Diamond, Titanic, Shutter Island, Departed, etc. He makes every single movie he is in a success because he successfully forms to the role he is given. Haters will hate, but these two and Brad Pitt deserve an Oscar sooner or later. And I think the first two will get one for sure.

    • I don’t see how any of the actors from 1-8 are even close to being better than Grant & O’Toole, with the exception of James Dean who I still think isn’t better than either of them.

  17. After losing for Born on the Fourth of July, It’s been my theory that Tom Cruise gave up Oscar visions and went after the fat pay checks. It’s not a complete sell out move though; his movies have been entertaining, sometimes endearing, and fun, whereas Nicholas Cage who won an Oscar brings us Ghost Rider.

  18. What kind of silly list is this?
    Best actors to have never won and it includes one who has actually won and one who has never even been nominated? I think this is just a list of your favourite actors who you think have been slighted.
    Peter O’ Toole is last on the list, that says it all really, the most nominated actor to have never won. By numbers alone he should be far and above nearly everyone else.

  19. BRAD PITT….C`mon !!! How can you not put him o the list ? He is a great actor with great performances. He played wonderfull in movies like 12 Monkeys, Se7en, The curios case of Benjamin Button, Babel…and the list can go on !!! Anyway i hope he wins this year or the next years, he is not an actor to “sucumb to the lifetime achievement award”

  20. Depp could be nomination for Edward Scissorhands. Depp is phenomenal as Edward.and also Ed wood,Donnie Brasco , before night fall,Blow ,libertine.public member don’t like him.why ?are they jealous ? Oscar is silly.

  21. punch drunk fool on

    Leo in my opinion is one of the best actors in Hollywood. He shoulda won for the Aviator.

    Two to add to the list are Brad Pitt and Joaquin Phoenix. Pitt is hella good and I think a lot of people hate on actors like Leo and Pitt and even Mark Wahlberg just because it’s “cool” to do that. And to back it up they bring up a mediocre performance or a movie that is overrated and say that the actor is not good. With DiCaprio its always ‘Titanic was so overrated; Leo was awful”. I think he did pretty good in a big budget blockbuster film, which was a little overrated but not because of Leo but the Oscar win. With Pitt people always say “oh he’s just playing himself and he’s overacting” Watch movies like 12 Monkeys, Fight Club, the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Tree of Life (which I think is his best chance yet) and more. He always picks good scripts and great directors especially his bromine with Fincher. Now Mark Wahlberg might not be Oscar calibre but he has had a couple of amazing performances: Boogie Nights and The Departed. He should’ve won for the latter. This performance and Tom Cruises in Magnolia are the only two I think were completely snubbed by the Oscars in their years. I mean what were people thinking?

    Anyways, I come to Joaquin Phoenix who is an excellent actor but ends up running in bad years. His role in Gladiator was great but I don’t think win worthy. But the downer was Walk the Line in which he ran against Phillip Seymour Hoffman (who finally won for Capote) and Heath Ledger. All of them finally won except for Phoenix who gave the performance of a lifetime in Walk the Line. Hopefully his new movie with the good Paul Thomas Anderson will get him some Oscar love.

    Finally, actors who are Oscar material but need a role that hasn’t been overlooked yet are: Robert Downey Jr., John C. Reilly, Jim Carrey (don’t laugh cause the Truman Show, Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind were all good performances, the last was a complete snub) and I know this last one is crazy cause he’s technically only done one Oscar-nomination worthy performance but Adam Sandler. In Punch Drunk Love. PTA uses what Sandler exaggerates in his comedies (the short temper, anger issues, silent self degradation) in a way never seen before. He pulls this amazing character out of Sandler and crafts a brilliant film.

    I know a lot of what I said might be a little crazy but maybe just watch these films and see the performance, not the actor, and maybe you’ll change your mind. I’m not aiming to do that haha, I’m only 17 but don’t just disregard me now. I think I have a pretty good taste in films and no I’m not just some horny car obsessed chickchasing teenage boy. I love movies too.

  22. Johnny Ringo on

    How can Richard Burton not be on this list? Burton not winning for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf was arguably the single greatest injustice in Oscar history. And Depp, DeCaprio and Cuise are incompetent novices by comparison.

    Of the 18 actors nominated five or more times for best actor only only two failed to win, Peter O’Toole (8 nominations with 0 wins) and Richard Burton (6 nominations with 0 wins).

  23. Kirk Douglas anyone? Nominated 3 times for Best Actor for Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful and for Lust for Life.

  24. Leonardo DiCaprio all the way! Another actor who is also overlooked is Gary Oldman both are great actors!

  25. So happy to see Edward Norton on this, he’s great. And Johnny Depp is not just a pretty face

  26. You forgot Alan Rickman. Everyone always does. 🙁 (he plays Severus Snape from Harry Potter, judge Turpin from Sweeney Todd, Colonel Brandon from Sense & Sensibility, Sherriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood, Rasputin etc.)

  27. Tom Cruise deserved an Oscar for his role in BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY, he was outstanding! Leo also should have won for WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE. Leo is NOT overated as many like to bash him for God forbid his role in the very succesful film called TITANIC. So many directors want to work with Leo, so how can be he overated? If anything he is more underated! Leo has proven over and over again, he can take up to the challenge in doing difficult roles. THE AVIATOR was a perfect example of that, he was phenominal in it. He has 2 great roles in 2010, INCEPTION and SHUTTER ISLAND.
    Another great actor who never won an Oscar is Tim Roth, he was so deserving for his role in ROB ROY, also overlooked.

    • I totally agree that leo is underated i mean have you seen him in Romeo + Juliet and revolutionary road? Is there a role he can’t do well? I mean come on oscar time!

  28. Jimmy Johnson on

    Tom Cruise has never won an Oscar because the roles he plays are written to fit him. The sign of a great actor is to extend his/her reach to fit the character not visa versa.

  29. Gary Oldman completely deserves to win! I've spent the past few weeks really watching his films and his work is OUTSTANDING 🙂

  30. No Gary Oldman? Oldman should have won for the Contender, but for some reason Bridges and Allen got the nominations.

    Tom Cruise is the biggest over actor in Hollywood. The only time he shows any real chops are when the roles are taylored for his limited talents, like 4th of July and Rain Man.

    Leo is overrated. He brought down Gangs of New York and Daniel Day Lewis showed the difference between good acting and great acting.

    No women on the list?

    I like Depp, but he needs to ween himself from Burton and stop wearing wigs and making funny faces in his roles before he deserves an Oscar.

    • You mean to say that performing as Ron Kovic in Born On The Fourth Of July shows his limited talent? That movie’s 2 and a half hours long and in every scene Cruise is as believable as you can get. Go watch the movie again. It’s one of the greatest performances of all time.

  31. I still can't get that Johnny Depp haven't won an Oscar. I'm not a big fan of Tom Cruise though. But they are really good actors all of them! Sometimes I think they choose the wrong winners…

  32. Bill Murray should have won for Lost in Translation.

    Edward Norton should have won for American History X.

    Sam Rockwell should have been nominated for Moon.

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon should have been nominated for The Departed. (And Mark Wahlberg.)

    • I agree with your comments regarding Ed Norton and Sam Rockwell. But to say Bill Murray deserved to win that year ahead of Sean Penn for Mystic River is absurd my friend, absurd!

  33. I thought Paul Giamatti won for Cinderella Man, the year after he was snubbed for Sideways.

  34. I didn't notice Marilyn Monroe was an honorable mention. While I think she was a timeless cultural icon and incredibly beautiful, I agree with the above poster that she was not a good actress at all. I've never read or heard anyone say she was a good actress, only that she developed a flair for the light comedy roles she was in. Watching her onscreen makes me cringe, she's such a clumsy actress. If they gave her an Oscar, it would have to be for all the money she's made for Hollywood from the way they market her image.

  35. I nodded agreement until I noticed Marilyn Monroe as a honorable mention. I've never encountered anyone who thinks she was a good actress and I always thought she was a mediocre one.

  36. Keith Watabayashi on

    Yeah this article is all wrong. First of all there are no women on it, second of all Peter O Toole and Jeff Bridges have won Oscars, and third of all this list did like no research, focusing on younger American actors more than other group/nationality of actors. I can think of, oh, I dunno…about 100 actors from India, Japan, China, Africa, Russia, really anywhere, that the Academy hasn't gotten around to yet. But while we are looking at anglo male actors only, where the hell is Richard Burton? Orson Welles as an "honorable mention"? You seriously suggesting James Dean was more deserving than Orson Welles? Come on man.

  37. Sam Rockwell is merely ok. Not Oscar worthy. So far… And Tom Cruise?!?!?!? Are you kidding?!?!?

    His best work by far was in Tropic Thunder. What does that tell you?

    Paul Giamatti, Gary Oldman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Johnny Depp, now THEY can act!

    • I'm not a big fan of Tom Cruise, either. What about his performance in The Last Samurai, though?

      • tom cruise is a good actor. I do not agree with Laura an REL!!!
        First of all is Tom Cruise one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. His acting skills are amazing and he is one of the few actors to achieve success before the age of 30.
        Secondly, the list of Tom Cruise’s quality movies are endless. The Color of Money, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, …
        In that last one, he was outstanding!
        He also played in Tropic Thunder: A classic cameo role that will not soon be forgotten, Cruise flexes his comedy skills as never before.
        He’ s also a Director’s favorite and one of the top grossing actors of all time.
        Thereafter, Tom Cruise is a really good actor because he was nominated for a lot of awards and he won some awards for Best Actor.

  38. I agree with some of these: Sam Rockwell, Albert Finney, Peter O’Toole.

    But Johnny Depp? Tom Cruise? Johnny Depp does one thing: mug the audience. And that’s it. Tom Cruise does one thing: tries very, very hard to act. And fails. Every time.

    • Well if u think that Johnny Depp CAN’T act, then why don’t u try it, let me see u win an oscar….

    • I agree with Me. not with ELBSeattle.
      it’s so true, the one who fails whit this comment is you !!!

  39. *Matt Damon has an Oscar (Good Will Hunting, Screenplay)

    I disagree with the Johnny Depp ranking. While he is a good actor, he is also kind of a one-trick pony. He's a great emulator and has an exuberant personality; I think he's only good at that. I'd like to see him play someone that isn't uber-weird, someone who is more "normal". Like as just an alcoholic father or a plain teacher, or a salesman. He's great at quirky and odd, amazing- but it's too much of the same for me. "Sweeny Todd" was a huge miss on both Tim Burton and Johnny Depps' parts. Johnny Depp is consistently lacking real-depth in his characters.

    I do agree that Sam Rockwell does need to be at least nominated, with Moon especially, I think he's a little high in the list. Moon will surely be a career boost for him, even without an Oscar nomination.

    Paul Giamatti should definitely been on this list, most notably for Cold Souls (Which was a fantastic film).

    I just wanted to put in my input, great list though.

    • Johnny Depp CAN do more than the quirky roles, and he proved that in Finding Neverland and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, but I agree that it's a shame that he is recognized for his flamboyant roles more than anything else.

      YES to Gary Oldman and Will Smith!

      This article is now obsolete: YAY JEFF BRIDGES!

  40. Bill Murray should have won for his role in Lost in Translation. He played it beautifully.

  41. Will Smith, 2002 nomination for lead actor for his performance in the movie, Ali.

    And in 2007 Smith received another lead actor nomination for his performance in the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness.

  42. Yes to all except Tom Cruise. The guy plays one part, sometimes it works (Born on the 4th) and sometimes it doesn't (War of the Worlds). Except for Born on the Fourth of July, he's only shined when teamed with a quality actor (Color of Money, Rain Man) and it's likely the talent "carried" him.

    • punch drunk fool on

      I think if you watch Magnolia you might change your mind. Tom Cruise’s performance in that was good and he deserved the Oscar for that one.

      • I have to agree about his performance in Magnolia, it was excellent. Other than that, I’m not a fan and generally avoid movies he’s in because his presence annoys me. I’d have include Gary Oldman on this list instead.

  43. I am really glad that Sam Rockwell was included on this list. He is one of the most under appreciated actors of the times right now and Moon seriously needed a nomination this year.

    • That’s what I’m saying! Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, and Edward Norton would be my top 3 picks.

      • This is so messed up 1. Arnold Schwarzenneger had the highest grossing income for his movies and he never got an award and his movies to this day are being bought and on T.V im very shocked arnold didnt make the list. 2. Johny, come on its not even a question that man is an actor, why he hasnt gotten one is because the critics dont have time to nominate him because they are to busy watching his movies, everyone one of johnys movies are a hit, Funny and mysterious.

    • Gary Oldman should have won a long time ago now he’s talented so how can they by pass him like that?.

  44. You should do a companion list of female actors who haven't won. Cary Grant and Peter O'Toole are two of the greatest actors of all time, and it's shocking that they have never won an Oscar. I don't know who Sam Rockwell is, but I wouldn't think he'd belong on a list with Grant and O'Toole on it. Jeff Bridges is deserving, and he'll probably win this year. Johnny Depp is a fine actor, but not for the kooky roles he's been doing lately. He was fabulous in some of his earlier movies, like Donnie Brasco.

  45. You should have put atleast one female on the list. I know that Sam Rockwell is a good actor, but #4 is a lot of praise for an actor who has not even been nominated. Johnny Depp is due for an Oscar.

      • Wait, the title is Top Ten ACTORS, not actresses, right? So I think you're okay. Am I the only one who caught this? Sarcasm? Who knows.

      • No need to rename it.

        The top ten actors (as you have listed here) are superior to any female actresses that haven’t won an oscar.

        My guess is that men are simply better at acting.

    • The name that springs to mind for me, and should certainly make any Top 10 list is Joaquin Phoenix. He should have won Best Supporting Actor for the role of Commodus in Gladiator and Best Actor for his amazinf portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. Both of these were brilliant performances. I still believe he only missed out for Walk the Line because Ray did so well the previous year.