Which celebrities have been nominated for the most Oscars and never won an award?
The 95th Academy Awards nominees have been announced and some big names hope of breaking their dry streak on taking home an Oscar will have to keep trying.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the premier awards event in world cinema. The 2023 Oscars will take place at Ovation Hollywood, the renamed Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, California on 12 March 2023 at 8 pm ET.
Not on the list this year, once again, was Tom Cruise who has only been nominated three times despite his long and extensive career in Hollywood. He is just one of several actors and directors who have been passed over, even when nominated, for a golden statuette.
However, Jamie Lee Curtis finally has a chance to claim the coveted award receiving her first nomination for her supporting role in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’. The breakthrough film came out on top with the most nominations, eleven in total, for the 95th Academy Awards, three of which were for the supporting cast.
Sir Kenneth Branagh finally broke his dry spell last year with his heart-warming ‘Belfast’. Had he failed to take home an Oscar last year he would’ve tied for the most nominations, at eight, without winning one. He had been nominated for three last year including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, the last of which finally gave him an Academy Award.
Here’s a look at who else, despite being in the running in years past, is still waiting to receive the highest acclamation of their peers in Hollywood.
Eight nominations apiece for Close and O’Toole
If Sir Branagh had failed to take home an Oscar last year he would’ve joined the iconic Glenn Close and the late Peter O’Toole. Both of them have been nominated eight times but never received the coveted golden statuette. Ms Close had an opportunity last year, being nominated for Best Supporting Role for her turn in Netflix’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ but lost out to Yuh-Jung Youn for her part in ‘Minari’.
Likewise, twice previously Close had been the favourite to pick up the lead actress gong for her role in ‘The Wife’ but lost to Olivia Colman. Those disappointments brought her equal to 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’.
However, the career of the actor who turned down a knighthood, wasn’t completely overlooked by the Academy. 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.”
Major actors who have not won an Oscars
Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver have all been nominated three times but have never received a golden statuette. Sir Ian McKellen nominated twice, along with Robert Downey Jr, have both gone home in disappointment.
Annette Benning and Michelle Williams have picked up four Oscar nominations but never won gold. Amy Adams is the third most nominated actor that has never won an Oscar with six to her name, five for Best Supporting Actress and one in 2014 for American Hustle which earned her first nomination for Best Actress. Cate Blanchett who is once again up for the prize in 2023 snatched the prize that year.
While the disappointment of not winning an Oscar can be harsh, not even being nominated despite years of critically acclaimed performances must be galling. Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Michael Keaton have all been passed over even for a nomination.
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.