Have you ever heard the term “Oscar snub”? I have, it seemed to come up a lot this year with Ben Affleck being overlooked in the Best Director Category. I think we use the term too loosely. When you look at the history of the Oscars I think you’ll find that some people really got “snubbed”.
Here are the top ten Actors and Actresses without an Oscar to call their own. It’s fair to say that some of these actors lost to worthy competition, but with their skill and credits it’s a bit of a surprise that they don’t have a win between them.
10. Martin Sheen - Sheen has been acting for decades and his credits include amazing films like Apocalypse Now, Bobby, and The Departed. Despite years of success, Sheen has never even been nominated by the Academy.
9. Fred Astaire - Fred Astaire was an actor who could do it all. He sang, danced, and choreographed his way to stardom. Despite his immortal legacy, Astaire was only nominated once. Some of his hits included Top Hat, Funny Face, and Holiday Inn.
8. Gary Oldman - From The Dark Knight Rises to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Gary Oldman never seems to disappoint the audience. Despite years of incredible work, Oldman has only received one nomination. Some of his other films include The Harry Potter movies, Immortal Beloved, and Air Force One.
7. Johnny Depp - No one acting today seems to bring as much flare or style to a role as Johnny Depp. His method has created some of the most memorable characters of my generation. This style has earned him three Oscar nominations, but he’s yet to take home a statue. Some of my favorite films of his are Edward Scissorhands, Finding Neverland, and Public Enemies. He’s also endeared himself to fans everywhere with his memorable role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
6. James Dean - This is a bit of a tough addition to the list. His three major films (Giant, East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause) earned him two Oscar nominations, and odd are that he would have won eventually. He was a young and emotional actor who seemed to be born for success. Sadly, he died young and we can only speculate what kind of success he might have had moving forward.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio - Nothing says Oscar snub like Leonardo DiCaprio. It seems like he’s in that discussion every other year. He’s delivered some powerful performances with films like The Aviator, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Django Unchained. Perhaps one of his future films will give him a chance to take home a statue. So far, he’s 0 for 3.
4. Glenn Close - Few women stand out in this list, but Glenn Close is an obvious choice. Her six nominations put her among a select group of people to get that close so many times, yet never win. Her credits include Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, and Air Force One. With the work she continues to do, perhaps she’ll take home an Oscar sometime soon.
3. Deborah Kerr - Glenn Close isn’t the only one with six nominations and no wins. Before Close there was Deborah Kerr. With roles in classic films like The King and I, From Here to Eternity, and Black Narcissus she had many chances to win, but always missed out.
2. Richard Burton - When does being snubbed become something more? Richard Burton was nominated seven times in his relatively short career, yet he never won. Some of his more popular roles came in films like Becket, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and My Cousin Rachel.
1. Peter O’Toole - It’s unfair to say that someone else didn’t deserve to win, but it’s hard to imagine Peter O’Toole always coming in second place. During a long and amazing career O’Toole has played iconic characters and shown a diversity that few actors can manage. His greatest films include Lawrence of Arabia, The Last Emperor, and The Lion in Winter.