Top 10 Actors that Failed to Win an Oscar

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There are many stellar actors who, in spite of their impressive work, have failed to win the Oscar award. One cannot deny the impressive talent of actors such as Russell Crowe, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington and the like. The following is a list of those actors who have not still won the elusive Oscar even though their work deserves true credit in the form of an Oscar award.

1. Johnny Depp

Depp, Johnny

This actor is a true icon in the field of acting who has earned three Oscar nominations but no wins whatsoever. His performances as a drug addict who yearns for his daughter in Blow, a homicidal barber in Sweeney Todd, a social misfit in Benny and Joon etc are fantastic. The actor has brought unparalleled depth, versatility and originality in the world of acting. He richly deserves the number 1 spot.

2. Edward Norton

Edward Norton

Even in his first role as “Aaron Stampler” in Primal Fear the actor grabbed everyone’s attention because of his acting prowess. Since then, the actor has played various roles, such as ex-con in Rounders, the gambling addicted, a drug dealer in The 25th Hour, the unnamed character and narrator of Fight Club and his most powerful role as “Derek Vinyard”, a young white supremacist.

3. Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio

This actor has given memorable performances in the movies such as Titanic, What is Eating Gilbert Grape?, This Boy’s Life, The Basketball Diaries, Gangs of New York, Man in the Iron Mask, Catch Me If You Can and lost more. The actor has earned three nominations but no wins.

4. Christian Bale

Christian Bale

It is hard to believe that this great actor has not won a single Oscar award. He gave a jaw dropping performance in the movie American Psycho where his role was simply amazing. He proved his versatility donning various roles such as Trevor Reznik in the Machinist, John Preston in Equilibrium and as Dan Evans in 3:10 to Yuma.

5. Djimon Hounsou


The dynamism, talent and authenticity of this actor is truly brilliant. He gave a superb performance as “Cinque” in Amistad. This was followed by a memorable yet small role in Gladiator. The actor earned his first Oscar nomination for his role as “Mateo” in the movie In America and the second nomination for his role as “Solomon Vandy” in Blood Diamond.

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