actresses who deserves the Oscar but never won

(past 30 years, aprox)
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1.
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ 4 nominations (Boogie Nights; The End of the Affair; The Hours; Far from Heaven)
- lost to Kim Basinger, Hilary Swank, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Nicole Kidman ” - lambert65
 
2.
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ 3 nominations (Aliens; Gorillas in the mist; Working girl)
- lost to Marlee Matlin, Jodie Foster and Geena Davis ” - lambert65
 
3.
Annette Bening
Annette Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She has German and English ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there. She...
“ 3 nominations (The grifters; American Beauty; Being Julia)
- lost to Whoopi Goldberg, Hilary Swank and Hilary Swank (what a nightmare) ” - lambert65
 
4.
Judy Davis
Judy Davis was born April 23, 1955 in Perth, Western Australia. She was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology, and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She came to prominence as Sybylla Melvyn in the film adaptation of Miles Franklin's novel...
“ 2 nominations (A passage to India; Husbands and Wives)
- lost to Sally Field and Marisa Tomei (!!) ” - lambert65
 
5.
Jane Alexander
Actress, The Ring
Angular in features, reserved in demeanor and more-or-less plaintive in appearance, actress Jane Alexander's has played down the glamor card for the most part. Her true brilliance has come from the remarkable range and depth of her talent. Heralded as one of the finest 70s actresses to arrive in films following a towering Broadway success...
“ 4 nominations (The great white hope; All the president´s men; Kramer vs Kramer; Testament)
- lost to Glenda Jackson, Beatrice Straight; Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine ” - lambert65
 
6.
Joan Allen
Actress, Face/Off
Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She attended Rochelle Township High School where she was voted most likely to succeed...
“ 3 nominations (Nixon; The crucible; The contender)
- lost to Mira Sorvino, Juliette Binoche and Julia Roberts ” - lambert65
 
7.
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ 5 nominations (The world according to Garp; The big chill; The natural; Fatal Attraction; Dangerous Liaisons)
- lost to Jessica Lange; Linda Hunt; Peggy Ashcroft; Cher (!) and Jodie Foster ” - lambert65
 
8.
Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress, Scarface
Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their life's work...
“ 3 nominations (Dangerous liaisons; The fabolous Baker boys; Love field)
- lost to Geena Davis; Jessica Tandy and Emma Thompson ” - lambert65
 
9.
Julie Walters
Actress, Brave
For decades, Brit actress and comedienne Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and TV. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually captured the hearts of international audiences...
“ 2 nominations (Educating Rita; Billy Elliot)
- lost to Shirley MacLaine and Marcia Gay Harden ” - lambert65
 
10.
Brenda Blethyn
Actress, Atonement
After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved. Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving money during her time there...
“ 2 nominations (Secrets and Lies; Little voice)
- lost to Frances McDormand and Judi Dench ” - lambert65
 
11.
Debra Winger
Mary Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an officer manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra (her father named her Debra after his favorite actress...
“ 3 nominations (An officer and a gentleman; Terms of endearment; Shadowlands)
- lost to Meryl Streep, partner Shirley MacLaine and Holly Hunter ” - lambert65
 
12.
Laura Linney
Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her father's house (her parents having divorced when she was an infant)...
“ 3 nominations (You can count on me; Kinsey; The Savages)
- lost to Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and Marion Cotillard ” - lambert65
 
13.
Joan Cusack
Actress, Working Girl
Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her family is of Irish descent...
“ 2 nominations (Working girl; In & Out)
- lost to Geena Davis and Kim Basinger ” - lambert65
 
14.
Miranda Richardson
Actress, Sleepy Hollow
Miranda Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, England on March 3, 1958, to Marian Georgina (Townsend) and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive. She has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed in school plays...
“ 2 nominations (The Crying Game; Tom and Viv)
- lost to Marisa Tomei (!!) and Jessica Lange ” - lambert65
 
15.
Mary McDonnell
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish descent...
“ 2 nominations (Dances with wolves; Passion fish)
- lost to Whoopi Goldberg and Emma Thompson ” - lambert65
 
16.
Marsha Mason
She has a wonderful, extremely engaging "feel good" quality about her, an innate warmth that makes you root for her whether she's playing a stubborn single mom, brittle prostitute, or strung-out alcoholic. Marsha Mason was a resoundingly respected and popular film actress of the 1970s and 1980s whose career skyrocketed in the bittersweet comedies/dramas of award-winning Neil Simon...
“ 3 nominations (Cinderella Liberty; The goodbye girl; Chapter two)
- lost to Glenda Jackson, Diane Keaton and Sally Field ” - lambert65
 
17.
Melinda Dillon
Melinda Dillon was born October 13, 1939, in Hope, Arkansas, to Norine and W.S Dillon. She attended Hyde Park High School. Melinda started in improvisational comedy, and stage acting before she made her feature-film debut as an eccentric neighbor of Catherine Deneuve's in The April Fools. After a seven year absence...
“ 2 nominations (Close encounters on the 3rd kind; Absence of malice)
- lost to Vanessa Redgrave and Maureen Stapleton ” - lambert65
 
18.
“ 2 nominations (A woman under the influence; Gloria)
- lost to Ellen Burstyn and Sissy Spacek ” - lambert65
 
19.
Liv Ullmann
Actress, Persona
Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in such films as Persona...
“ 2 nominations (The Emigrants; Face to face)
- lost to Liza Minnelli and Faye Dunaway ” - lambert65
 
20.
Piper Laurie
Actress, Carrie
Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 6-years-old...
“ 2 nominations (Carrie; Children of a lesser God)
- lost to Beatrice Straight and Dianne Wiest ” - lambert65
 
21.
Bette Midler
Actress, Beaches
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter...
“ 2 nominations (The Rose; For the boys)
- lost to Sally Field and Jodie Foster ” - lambert65
 
22.
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish...
“ 2 nominations (The age of innocence; Little women)
- lost to Anna Paquin and Jessica Lange ” - lambert65
 
23.
Diane Ladd
Actress, Chinatown
Southern belle Diane Ladd was born Rose Diane Ladner in Meridian, Mississippi. Her mother, Mary Bernadette (Anderson), was a former actress, from a Norwegian and German immigrant family, and her father, Preston Paul Ladner, was a veterinarian, from a family with deep roots in the American South. Ladd has earned recognition for her Academy Award-nominated performance as the comical...
“ 3 nominations (Alice doesn´t live here anymore: Wild at heart; Rambling Rose)
. lost to Ingrid Bergman, Whoopi Goldberg and Mercedes Ruehl ” - lambert65
 
24.
Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich and Capote. Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Keener got her start as a casting director in New York City...
“ 2 nominations (Being John Malkovich; Capote)
. lost to Angelina Jolie and Rachel Weisz ” - lambert65
 
25.
Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later enrolled at Missouri State University for two years...
“ 1 nomination (Peggy Sue got married)
. lost to Marlee Matlin (!!!) ” - lambert65
 
26.
Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ 1 nomination (21 grams)
. lost to Charlize Theron ” - lambert65
 
27.
Emily Watson
Actress, Corpse Bride
Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended university for three years in Bristol, studying English literature. She applied to drama school and was rejected on her first attempt...
“ 2 nominations (Breaking the waves; Hilary and Jackie)
. lost to Frances McDormand and Gwyneth Paltrow ” - lambert65
 
28.
Lynn Redgrave
Actress of both the English and American stage and screen, Lynn Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, England, into one of the world's most famous acting dynasties. As the daughter of Rachel Kempson and Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, and granddaughter of Roy Redgrave and Margaret Scudamore...
“ 2 nominations (Georgy girl; Gods and monsters)
. lost to Elizabeth Taylor and Judi Dench ” - lambert65
 
29.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ 1 nomination (Closer)
. lost to Cate Blanchett ” - lambert65
 
30.
Samantha Morton
Actress, John Carter
Samantha Morton has established herself as one of the finest actors of her generation, winning Oscar nominations for her turns in Woody Allen's Sweet and Low Down" (1999) and Jim Sheridan's "In America" (2002). She has the talent to become one of the major performers in the cinema of this young century...
“ 2 nominations (Sweet and lowdown; In America)
. lost to Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron ” - lambert65
 
31.
“ 1 nomination (Vera Drake)
. lost to Hilary Swank ” - lambert65
 
32.
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is Danish. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, born three minutes after her, and a paternal half-brother, Christian. Her grandfather was writer Ejner Johansson...
“ Never nominated
. lost to the Academy ” - lambert65