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30 Great Actors Who Have Never Been Nominated for an Oscar



Much attention has been paid in the media to Leonardo DiCaprio's formerly elusive Oscar win last night, with most opining that the actor had been previously slighted. Yet DiCaprio is not the only actor who could be considered deserving yet thus far denied of recognition from the Academy. 

The article featured here lists what they call the "30 Greatest Living Actors Who Have Never Been Nominated for an Oscar." While most uses of "greatest" are subjective and debatable, their list indeed includes fine actors such as Steve Buscemi, pictured above. Their entry: 

An actor known for his portrayal of eccentric guys, Steve Buscemi has constantly moved with ease between major film studios and indie productions throughout his career, becoming a regular of such directors as the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino.

He could have been nominated for “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), “Fargo” (1996), or “Ghost World” (2001).

Selected filmography: Mystery Train (1989), Reservoir Dogs (1992), In The Soup (1992), Trees Lounge (1996), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), Animal Factory (2000), Ghost World (2001), Coffee And Cigarettes (2003), Big Fish (2003)

Another entry on the list is one of my favorite actors, Australian Guy Pearce:

A quiet force of US and Australian cinema, Guy Pearce first became known to audiences as a drag queen in “The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert” (1994), and followed a pretty diverse career ever since. He could have been nominated for “L.A. Confidential” (1997) or “Memento” (2000). Selected filmography: The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994), L.A. Confidential (1997), Memento (2000),The Proposition (2005), The Hurt Locker (2008), The Road (2009), The King’s Speech (2010), Animal Kingdom (2010), Prometheus (2012)

Read about 28 more great actors who've never been nominated for an Oscar in this article.


Guy Pearce in Christopher Nolan's Memento


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I agree with you on Buscemi. But there are a number of Academy Award winning actors who, in my opinion, fit your description. Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson come to mind right away, but I'm sure there are other examples.
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Hmm, I always felt that Steve Buscemi was great, but that he doesn't have a great range of different characters. Is that the mark of a good actor? Great range?
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