13 Actors You Won't Believe Haven't Won Oscars
As you may have heard, Leonardo DiCaprio has -- deep breaths, guys -- never won an Oscar. His bear-wrestling turn in The Revenant has made him this year's front-runner in the Best Actor category, but the Academy is also fickle and has spurned his past nominated performances in The Aviator (yelling about milk, pissing in bottles), The Wolf of Wall Street (tripping balls on quaaludes) and two other first-rate roles that allowed him to show off his knack for nailing the cinematic nervous breakdown. We hope Leo says fuck you to the Academy and takes a long, well-deserved drag of his vape pen when they finally call his name this year. In the meantime, let's look at 13 other great current actors who also got passed over.
Number of nominations: Six. Best Supporting Actress in The World According to Garp (1982), Best Supporting Actress in The Big Chill (1983), Best Supporting Actress in The Natural (1984), Best Actress in Fatal Attraction (1987), Best Actress in Dangerous Liasons (1988), Best Actress in Albert Nobbs (2011).
If you think Leo's had a rough go of it, pour one out for poor Glenn Close, who has never won an Oscar despite being nominated in acting categories six times (along with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter, she's the actress with the most nominations never to have won). That's just cruel! It's this sort of stress that leads actors to, say, sleep inside a horse's carcass, or take a role in Albert Nobbs.
Number of nominations: Five. Best Supporting Actress for Junebug (2005), Best Supporting Actress for Doubt (2008), Best Supporting Actress for The Fighter (2010), Best Supporting Actress for The Master (2012), Best Actress for American Hustle (2013).
While it felt like Amy Adams was nominated every year for a while, the directors' darling hasn't yet managed to seal the deal. But Amy's still young; perhaps a few more P.T. Anderson and/or David O. Russell joints should cinch the deal? Or does the Academy have something against red-heads?
Number of nominations: Four. Best Supporting Actress for The Grifters (1991), Best Actress for American Beauty (2000), Best Actress for Being Julia (2005), Best Actress for The Kids Are Alright (2011).
Despite being a damn good actress and bonafide Hollywood royalty, Annette Bening has been beaten out twice by Hilary Swank, with Boys Don't Cry trumping American Beauty in 2000 and Million Dollar Baby trumping Being Julia in 2005. Why should Warren Beatty get all the bling!?
Number of nominations: Three. Best Actor for Finding Neverland (2004), Best Actor for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (2003), Best Actor for Sweeney Todd (2007).
"I don't want to win one of those things, ever," Johnny Depp said in an interview about the Oscars earlier this year, and judging by his movie choices of late (Mortdecai, anyone?) this seems like kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Still, you never know what career moves Johnny will make next, and his creepy portrayal as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass this year was almost (almost!) a return to Oscar-worthy form.
Number of nominations: Three. Best Actress for You Can Count on Me (2000), Best Supporting Actress for Kinsey (2004), Best Actress for The Savages (2007).
When I think about "Oscar-y" actresses, I think about Laura Linney. Yet despite looking uncannily like a young Meryl Streep and possessing similarly robust acting chops, Linney hasn't managed to follow in her doppelgänger's footsteps when it comes to racking up statuettes. Yet!
Number of nominations: Three. Best Supporting Actor for Gladiator (2001), Best Actor for Walk The Line (2006), Best Actor for The Master (2013)
Phoenix is easily one of the most interesting actors working today, but his notoriously anti-Academy views (as he once put it "I don't believe in it. It's a carrot, but it's the worst-tasting carrot I've ever tasted in my whole life. I don't want this carrot") haven't exactly endeared him to voters. Or to the notoriously influential carrot lobby. What do you have against carrots, Joaquin?!
Number of nominations: Three. Best Actress for Aliens (1986), Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl (1988), Best Actress for Gorillas in the Mist (1988).
In 1988, Weaver was passed over for two awards in the same year, after being robbed for her work as badass heroine Ellen Ripley in Aliens two years prior. It's not all that surprising, given that the Academy hasn't exactly been on the cutting edge when it comes to recognizing sci-fi flicks or boundary-pushing feminist icons, but still, as Carter Burke might say: "It was a bad call, Ripley. A BAD CALL!"
Number of nominations: Three. Best Actor for Magnolia (1999), Best Actor for Jerry Maguire (1996), Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
Proof that Scientology's influence only extends so far? You be the judge!
Number of nominations: Two. Best Actor for Ali (2002), Best Actor for The Pursuit of Happyness (2007).
The fact that Hollywood's most bankable star has nary an Oscar to his name is further proof of how little overlap there is between awards shows and popular taste. But despite being heavy in popcorn flicks, Smith's career also has its fair share of awards bait. His performance in this year's headline-generating NFL exposé Concussion is a particularly glaring omission from the all-white best actor category.
Number of nominations: One. Best Actor for Witness (1986)
Harrison Ford is the highest grossing actor in American box office history. But while being Indiana Jones/Han Solo/Rick Deckard might make you the baddest motherfucker in the industry, it does not make you an Oscar winner.
Samuel L Jackson
Number of nominations: One. Best Supporting Actor for Pulp Fiction (1995)
Speaking of bad mother fuckers, Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most charismatic, scene-stealers working today, and we're sure he'd give one hell of an acceptance speech if the Academy would just give him a chance. Yet the Academy hasn't shown much love for Jackson's many Tarantino teamups, passing him over in Django Unchained and this year's Hateful Eight. #OscarsSoWhite, and #OscarsSoVeryWrong.
Number of nominations: 0.
Poor ScarJo. Not only has she never been nominated -- despite a series of impressive collaborations with A-list directors like Woody Allen, Spike Jonze, and Sofia Coppola -- she still had to suffer through John Travolta's awkward red carpet fondling.
Number of nominations: 0.
This one is really surprising. Buscemi is easily one of the best character actors working today, with the ability to elevate any film he's in (and that's over 100 films!). Yet while he should have racked up countless best supporting actor nods to date, for some reason, the Academy has never recognized the frequent Coen brothers collaborator. Seriously, no love for Fargo? That's highway robbery!
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Anna Silman is a staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment. She'd like to thank her parents, the Academy, and of course, Harvey Weinstein. Find her on Twitter: @annaesilman.