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Which celebrities have been nominated for the most Oscars and never won an award?

The nominees for the 94th Academy Awards have been released. We take a look at the stars who have been on the shortlist without winning more than any other.

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The nominees for the 94th Academy Awards have been released. We take a look at the stars who have been on the shortlist without winning more than any other.
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The 94th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Sunday 27 March, bringing together some of the biggest names in show business for a glittering event.

The 2022 Oscars nominees were announced on Tuesday with ‘The Power of the Dog’ leading the field with a massive 12 nominations.

Last year saw two actors finally pick up their first Academy Awards after receiving their fourth nominations, with Joaquin Phoenix and Brad Pitt winning Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role respectively. 

This year Sir Kenneth Branagh received three nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for ‘Belfast’, bringing his total number of career nominations to eight.

He has never previously won an Academy Award and face tough competition from ‘The Power of the Dog’ and ‘Licorice Pizza’ in the 2022 Oscars. If he fails to win one this year he will equal the record for the most Academy Award nominations without picking up the top prize.

Eight nominations apiece for Close and O’Toole

While Phoenix and Pitt picked up their first Academy Awards in 2021, another Hollywood icon missed out on an Oscar for the eighth time. Glenn Close was nominated for Best Supporting Role for her turn in Netflix’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ but lost out to Yuh-Jung Youn of ‘Minari’.

Two year previous Close had been the favourite to pick up the lead actress gong for her role in ‘The Wife’ but lost to Olivia Colman. With eight Academy Award nomination and no wins, Glenn Close drew level as the star with most Oscars nods without the all-important award.

She equalled the record set by the late Peter O’Toole, who also received eight unsuccessful Academy Award nomination over the course of a stellar career. He was first nominated in 1962 for the titular role in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and received his last for 2006’s ‘Venus’.

O’Toole received an Academy Honorary Award in 2002 for his combined body of work spanning five decades, but replied with a letter insisting he was “still in the game” and that he wanted to “win the lovely bugger outright.”

In an interview in 2011 at the TCM Classic Film Festival, O-Toole joked that he was “the biggest loser of all time.”

Which film received the most Oscars nominations without winning?

Close and O’Toole have amassed a hugely impressive eight Academy Award nominations over the course of very successful careers, but did not win one. However their totals fall short of the most nominated films to fail to win an Oscar.

Both ‘The Turning Point’ (1977) and ‘The Color Purple’ (1986) picked up a whopping 11 Academy Award nominations without winning a single one, sharing the record for films.

The 1978 Oscars ceremony was dominated by ‘The Goodbye Girl’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Julia’ and ‘Annie Hall’, denying ‘The Turning Point’ in all 11 categories. ‘The Color Purple’ was also shortlisted for 11 awards in the 1986 Oscars but also failed to reach a top spot, losing out to ‘Platoon’ in a number of categories.

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