50 Greatest Actors / Actresses Never To Win An Oscar

This list comprises of both, actors and actresses who I believe have deserved an oscar by this stage due to some fantastic performances, and also some actors and actresses who I just can't believe havn't got one yet due to the lenght of time they've been in the business and the amount of big movies they've been in. Also, some of the performers may have an oscar but just not for acting e.g. Matt Damon - Best Writing Screenplay 1998.
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1.
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ First came to the fore in Thelma and Louise but only as a bit of eye candy. Since then he has truely proven he is more than a pretty face with a list of great performances as long as your arm. He seems to be getting closer every year so I don't think he'll be on this list forever. ” - big_movie_lover
 
2.
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
“ God I love this woman. A truely captivating actress. Thought she was going to get it for The Kings Speech but alas she'll have to try again. ” - big_movie_lover
 
3.
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood. He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15...
“ He has done serious, funny, quirky and seriously quirky. No matter what the character though, he seems to capture (or maybe even create?) the essence of the movie everytime. ” - big_movie_lover
 
4.
John Travolta
John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, NJ...
“ Wow, does this guy know the secret of great acting or what? I love to watch this guy. He was brilliant in Pulp Fiction, Swordfish, Mad City, Saturday Night Fever... the list goes on. I just hope he hasn't given up on searching for that performance worthy of an Oscar. ” - big_movie_lover
 
5.
Edward Norton
Actor, Fight Club
American actor, filmmaker and activist Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin" (Rouse), was a foundation executive and teacher of English, and a daughter of famed real estate developer James Rouse...
“ First took notice of Ed after watching his performance in Fight Club and I thought he was amazing. I have since watched American History X and Primal Fear and my estimations of him have only risen. He could have won an oscar for anyone of those performances. I am slighty dismayed by his lack of movie appearances in last few years but I eagerly await his return. ” - big_movie_lover
 
6.
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)...
“ There is something very honest and real about Laura Linney on screen. Whatever she has, it always seems to engross me and I am hooked. She's been nominated three times but can she overcome that final hurdle? ” - big_movie_lover
 
7.
Tom Cruise
Actor, Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told 14 year old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be considered one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to become a priest. Nonetheless, this sensitive...
“ Tom turned 50 in July 2012 which is almost as shocking as his lack of oscars. He's been making movies for almost 30 years and has to have been up with the best for at least fifteen of those. I know he's been in some pretty poor stuff (War of the Worlds isn't my favourite movie) but those movies are few and far between and I still believe him to be a great oscar worthy actor. ” - big_movie_lover
 
8.
Matt Damon
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
“ Yes he already has an oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck which I am sure he is very proud of but this guy deserves at least a few more nominations for his acting than he already has. He was fantastic in Bourne, transforming what we want to see from a spy (and Bond has taken note) and I really enjoyed his performances in Departed and Mr Ripley ” - big_movie_lover
 
9.
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...
“ She has been close before, recieving three nominations in her time for Dangerous Liasons, Fabulous Baker Boys and Love Field but certainly deserving of a few more ie One Fine Day, What Lies Beneath and Batman Returns. ” - big_movie_lover
 
10.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ He has been nominated twice, for The English Patient and Schlinders List and he has put in fantastic performances in movies such as Red Dragon, Harry Potter, The Constant Gardner and as the hilariously evil Harry in In Bruges. Is his talent worthy of an Oscar though? I think so. ” - big_movie_lover
 
11.
Michelle Williams
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was first known as bad girl Jen Lindley in the television series Dawson's Creek...
“ I think it is only a matter of time with this one. I still remember her from her days on Dawson's Creek but she rocketed to Hollywood stardom since then with some provoking performances whilst portraying often troubled characters. ” - big_movie_lover
 
12.
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ He has one nomination to his name for Schlinders List back in 1994 but lost out to Tom Hanks for his role in Philadelphia. I don't think he can argue but may feel a little hard done by considering he put in possibly the best performance of his career only for Tom and Daniel Day Lewis (also nominated in '94) to decide they were going to act their asses off too. He was brilliant in Taken, Kinsey and Michael Collins to name a few and I feel he certainly deserves more than a single nomination. ” - big_movie_lover
 
13.
Paul Giamatti
Actor, Sideways
Paul Giamatti is an American actor who has worked steadily and prominently for over twenty years, and is best known for leading roles in the films American Splendor, Sideways, and Barney's Version (for which he won a Golden Globe), and supporting roles in the films Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, and San Andreas...
“ Paul Giamatti was one of those too often underrated actors. That was, I think, until his performance in the TV mini-series John Adams. Don't get me wrong he was brilliant in many films before hand and even recieved an nomination for his supporting role in Cindarella Man but I think after John Adams people realised this guy wasn't riding his luck, overachieving, and actually is one of the great actors in Hollywood. I certainly enjoy his performances and know I will not be let down. ” - big_movie_lover
 
14.
Amy Adams
Actress, Man of Steel
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ With three nominations already and hopefully a healthy career ahead of her I don't imagine she'll be on the list too long. ” - big_movie_lover
 
15.
Bruce Willis
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. Walter Bruce Willis was born on March 19...
“ First of a few actors on this list not to even have recieved a oscar nomination. He's been about for 30 odd years and maybe has an action hero tag he can't shake off but I still feel he deserves more. ” - big_movie_lover
 
16.
Viggo Mortensen
Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances. Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was American...
“ Probably best known for his role as Aragorn in LOTR's but this man can act. He is one of those actors who can make sure a film is riveting rather than boring. His performances are absorbing (The Road, History of Violence, Eastern Promises). He has recieved one oscar nomination to date. ” - big_movie_lover
 
17.
Willem Dafoe
Actor, Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of German, French, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. In 1979, Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless...
“ He has two nominations to his name, both for supporting actor, in Shadow of the Vampire and, of course, for that iconic performance in Platoon. There is no doubting this man's talent but he partakes in too many wish-wash roles for me. ” - big_movie_lover
 
18.
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ Mel grabbed his first Oscar in '95 for Best Director, and his second (shared) a few minutes later for Best Picture for Braveheart but he has never even recieved a nomination for acting. I think this is a bit harsh and maybe he was unlucky to get nothing for his roles as William Wallace (nomination at least) or Bret Maverick (one of my fav's). He seems to be one of the most hated men in Hollywood now but I still enjoy his performances and will be interested to see if the Oscar people are going to snub him again despite a sturdy performance in The Beaver. ” - big_movie_lover
 
19.
Kevin Bacon
Actor, Apollo 13
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964. Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. His debut as the strict Chip Diller in Animal House almost seems like an inside joke...
“ Not even a nomination! Really? Even when playing small parts he executes his role with uther believability (is that a word?). Plays the bad guy very well as in River Wild and Sleepers and has made many and more great performances in his time. Even if he never gets himself an Oscar he can still be proud of a illustrious career. ” - big_movie_lover
 
20.
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, 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)...
“ She has been part of a few cult classics ie. Alien and Ghostbusters and is now part of Avatar but do oscars ever come from these type of movie series? Rarely (I'm thinking LOTR's, Terminator, Harry Potter, James Bond, Bourne). She has played some roles exceptionally well in her time and has recieved three nominations (one for Alien btw) so she can't feel hard done by. ” - big_movie_lover
 
21.
Robert Redford
Actor, The Sting
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Oh my God, this guy is seventy five years old! He got an Honorary oscar in '02 and has been nominated three times; once for acting back in '73. He also won an oscar in 1980 for Directing. This man has been churning out Oscar worthy performances for over fourty years and is still going strong. Could someone please give this man an oscar for acting? ” - big_movie_lover
 
22.
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry...
“ She has one nomination so far, for her role in Crazy Heart but if she keeps going the way she's going (up, if you don't know) there'll be more where that came from. ” - big_movie_lover
 
23.
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...
“ She has been nominated four times, the last of which was in 2011 for her role in The Kids Are Alright, for which she was hotly tipped but lost out to Natalie Portman. I think it was fair but hopefully another great performace is on the way. ” - big_movie_lover
 
24.
Richard Gere
Humanitarian and actor Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia, the second of five children of Doris Ann (Tiffany), a homemaker, and Homer George Gere, an insurance salesman, both Mayflower descendants. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high school and writing music for high school productions...
“ He has done a lot of corny movies I must admit but I still believe he is a good actor. Good performances include Primal Fear, Chicago and An Officer and a Gentleman. He has never got a nomination. ” - big_movie_lover
 
25.
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ He is great at playin the bad guy but also has a nack for playing a unsung hero as in Tinker Tailer and Dark Knight. This guy has put in some outstanding performances over the years but is still yet to recieve a nomination, although I think this will change very shortly. ” - big_movie_lover
 
26.
Josh Brolin
Actor, W.
Josh Brolin is an American actor. His first role was in the The Goonies. Since then he has appeared in a wide number of films, and is best known for his work as Llewellyn Moss in No Country for Old Men, young Agent K in Men in Black 3, George W. Bush in W. and Dan White in Milk, for which he received Academy Award and SAG Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor...
“ For some reason I just assumed Brolin already had himself an oscar. He has put in some quality performances in the last decade but actually has only gained one nomination (Milk). ” - big_movie_lover
 
27.
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ Who doesn't like Ewan McGregor? Unfortunately popularity doesn't (and shouldn't) equate to Oscar Nomination. He can do action, thriller, war, musical, comedy... I am running out of genres. The point being he is an extremely versatile actor and I love to watch him. I would love to see this man get that role he deserves so he can just blow us away and then get his oscar. ” - big_movie_lover
 
28.
Will Smith
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
“ He has been nominated twice for Actor in a Leading role for Pursuit of Happiness and Ali but twice the Oscar has eluded him. He has become a big Hollywood name over the years but will he ever get himself an Oscar? ” - big_movie_lover
 
29.
Michael Sheen
Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus". Sheen was born in Newport, Wales, the only son of Irene (Thomas) and Meyrick Sheen...
“ This guy is one of the best actors about now. I find him absolutly capitivating. Shockingly he has never even been nominated despite excellent performances in Frost/Nixon, Damned United, The Queen and Beautiful Boy. ” - big_movie_lover
 
30.
Uma Thurman
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)...
“ She has one nomination for her part in Pulp Fiction. She is no longer the big name she once was due to a string of less than impressive performances but will a third volume of Kill Bill be her can to revitalise her career? ” - big_movie_lover
 
31.
Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953...
“ Like Mel Gibson, Costner also recieved his first two Oscars in quick succession for Directing and Best Picture with Dances With Wolves. This was also where he recieved his first and only Oscar nomination for acting but lost out to Jeremy Irons. He has been in so many movies and had a lot of great performances I am slightly surprised by his lack of nominations. ” - big_movie_lover
 
32.
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus...
“ Airforce One, The Fugitive, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner... the list goes on. How has he not got an Oscar already? He was nominated once in '86 for his role in Witness but lost out to William Hurt. ” - big_movie_lover
 
33.
Richard Harris
A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature...
“ I always think of 'Bull' McCabe when I think of Richard Harris, so iconic was the role. He did of course have plenty of other spellbinding performances but it was this one that got him his second ever nomination; an amazing 26 years after his first. RIP. ” - big_movie_lover
 
34.
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...
“ She has come CLOSE (get it?) five times, all in the eighties, but no luck unfortunately. Still 5 nominations isn't bad. ” - big_movie_lover
 
35.
John Cusack
John Cusack is, like most of his characters, an unconventional hero. Wary of fame and repelled by formulaic Hollywood fare, he has built a successful career playing underdogs and odd men out--all the while avoiding the media spotlight. John was born in Evanston, Illinois, to an Irish-American family...
“ An underrated actor in my opinion. Very enjoyable to watch and he has put in some mighty performances, such as John Malkovich and High Fidelity. He has never recieved a nomination. ” - big_movie_lover
 
36.
Steve Martin
Writer, The Jerk
Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic shop of Disney's Fantasyland...
“ One of the funniest men in the world but maybe not one of the best actors. He has comedy down to a tee though but maybe needs to try a different tact if he wants an Oscar. Plenty of Golden Globe nominations but no oscar's. ” - big_movie_lover
 
37.
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...
“ She was hotly tipped to win in '04 for her role in 21 Grams but lost out to Charlize Theron for her brilliantly disturbing portrayal of a female prostitute, serial killer. She has contined to create fantastic performances such as Eastern Promises and The International. ” - big_movie_lover
 
38.
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...
“ She has been nominated three times but never has got that elusive Oscar. ” - big_movie_lover
 
39.
Ed Harris
By transforming into his characters and pulling the audience in, Ed Harris has earned the reputation as one of the most talented actors of our time. Ed Harris was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to Margaret (Sholl), a travel agent, and Robert Lee Harris, a bookstore worker who also sang professionally...
“ He has been nominated four times. A great actor who I hope will come again. I'm looking forward to seeing him in Man On A Ledge. ” - big_movie_lover
 
40.
Donald Sutherland
The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others. Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint John...
“ His acting career began way back in '62 but he has never managed to get himself nominated for an oscar. I thought he was very good in 1900, Ordinary People and JFK. ” - big_movie_lover
 
41.
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber and The Mask established him as a bankable comedy actor...
“ Best known as a comedy actor although he has dabbled in some serious acting and didn't let himself down. In Eternal Sunshine I was surprisingly impressed by his performance and although 23 wasn't great it was no fault of his. Add this to Man on the Moon and The Truman Show and I could understand if he was dissappointed with his lack of nominations. ” - big_movie_lover
 
42.
Sharon Stone
Actress, Casino
Sharon Yvonne Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie (Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry...
“ She has been nominated once for her leading role in Casino but lost out to the great Susan Sarandon, in a category packed with great actresses (Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson also). She has gone off the boil of late but can she ever get to the heights of Oscar success? ” - big_movie_lover
 
43.
John Turturro
Highly talented, lightly built American actor who always looks unsettled and jumpy has become a favourite of cult/arthouse film aficionados with his compelling performances in a broad range of cinematic vehicles. Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents, Katherine, a jazz singer...
“ Another great actor (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, Barton Fink) who has not yet recieved an Oscar. He has yet to get a nomination but he is becoming more popular every year and hopefully will land the right role in the near future. ” - big_movie_lover
 
44.
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years old...
“ Another actor never to recieve a nomination although his list of great performances is extraordinary, such as his role in Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Sweeney Todd, Robin Hood and of late as Professor Snape in Harry Potter. All great performances but not good enough for the Oscars unfortunately. ” - big_movie_lover
 
45.
Martin Sheen
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen is one of America's most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen's acting range is breathtaking. Martin Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estevez in Dayton, Ohio, to Mary-Ann (Phelan)...
“ To me he will always be Jed Bartlet 'POTUS' but to a older generation he is Captain Benjamin L Willard from Apocalyse Now. In the time between, before and after he has also had some fine acting performances but never one good enough to get him an Oscar nomination. He did get a deserved Golden Globe for Jed Bartlet at least. ” - big_movie_lover
 
46.
Steve Buscemi
Actor, Fargo
Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg...
“ He is really coming to the fore lately with some intimidating performances as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. The one time funny man has really put on his acting shoes now and hopefully will bring this to the big screen sometime soon so he get can himself his first Oscar. ” - big_movie_lover
 
47.
Stanley Tucci
Actor Stanley Tucci was born on November 11, 1960, in Peekskill, New York. He is the son of Joan (Tropiano), a writer, and Stanley Tucci, an art teacher. His family is Italian-American, with origins in Calabria. Tucci took an interest in acting while in high school, and went on to attend the State University of New York's Conservatory of Theater Arts in Purchase...
“ Got a deserved nomination in 2010 for his role as the creepy murderer in the Lovely Bones. Unfortunately for him Christopher Waltz also had a good year and he won the Oscar. So close but yet so far for Tucci but he will come again. ” - big_movie_lover
 
48.
Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in Cornwall in the southwest of Britain until the age of 11...
“ Her best performance to date was probably in Crash but she missed out on a nomination. A great actress but seemingly lacks that extra factor that would make one of THE greats. ” - big_movie_lover
 
49.
Bill Murray
Bill Murray is an American actor, comedian, and writer. The fifth of nine children, he was born William James Murray in Wilmette, Illinois, to Lucille (Collins), a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II, who sold lumber. He is of Irish descent. Among his siblings are actors Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray...
“ The man is a living legend. I still remember him as being my favourite Ghostbuster, when I was a kid! He was nominated once, for Lost in Translation in 2004. ” - big_movie_lover
 
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Michael Shannon
Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon. Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His first acting role was in "Winterset" at the Illinois Theatre Center...