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

The 94th Academy Awards take place on Sunday with some on the shortlist having been nominated before without taking home the coveted Oscar.

Kenneth Branagh arrives for the 94th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

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 Power of the Dog leads the field with 12 nominations and has been widely tipped to take the top two prizes for Best Picture and Best Director, while Denzel Washington has been nominated for Best Actor for a sixth time.

Sir Kenneth Branagh has 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 faces tough competition from The Power of the Dog, CODA and Licorice Pizza. 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 Joaquin Phoenix and Brad Pitt picked up their first Academy Awards in 2020, another Hollywood icon missed out on an Oscar for the eighth time last year. Glenn Close was nominated for Best Supporting Role for her turn in Netflix’s Hillbilly Elegy but lost out to Yuh-Jung Youn for Minari.

Two year previously 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 nominations and no wins, 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 nominations 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.”

Which film received the most Oscars nominations without winning?

Close and O’Toole impressive eight nominations, however, 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 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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