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Top 5 Actors Who Have Surprisingly Never Won An Oscar

Rachel Scott |
February 24, 2013 | 5:09 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

The Annual Academy Awards today will not be the first time that phenomenal actors walk away empty handed. In fact, there are many actors that have never held the coveted gold man. Let’s take a look at the top 5 actors who have surprisingly never won an Oscar.

Will Smith at the Walmart Shareholders Meeting (Flikr)
Will Smith at the Walmart Shareholders Meeting (Flikr)

Will Smith

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has dominated both music charts and the big screen. While his song of the 90’s, “Parent’s Just Don’t Understand” was on everyone’s CD player; maybe “The Academy Just Don’t Understand” would have been more appropriate. Will Smith has been nominated for both "Ali" and "Pursuit of Happiness", but still seems to be in the pursuit of an Academy Award.

Leonardo DiCarpio (Alvin Bay Bilang)
Leonardo DiCarpio (Alvin Bay Bilang)

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor who is known for taking on diverse and challenging roles. His performances in films like "Inception" and "Titanic" have many categorizing DiCarpio as one of the best actors in his generation. Although he has received Oscar nods for his roles in "The Aviator", "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape" and "Blood Diamond", he still has never received an Academy Award.

Tom Cruise (Flickr)
Tom Cruise (Flickr)

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was nominated twice in 1989 and 1997 for his performances in "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Jerry Maguire". But the third time’s the charm right? Well, unfortunately not for Cruise, whose nomination for "Magnolia" still didn’t lead to an Academy Award. When the time does come for Cruise to win his Oscar, someone should probably warn his couch before he comes home--we all remember what happened to Oprah's.


 Johnny Depp (Flickr)
Johnny Depp (Flickr)

Johnny Depp

While being an A-list celebrity can lead to your own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it doesn’t always lead to an Oscar. Surprisingly, Johnny Depp is among the list of actors who have yet to take home the gold man. The last decade has been filled with Oscar nods for Depp as his roles in "Sweeney Todd", "Finding Neverland" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" have lead to three nominations. His films brought millions into the box offices but while money can buy most things—you can’t put a price on an Oscar.


Brad Pitt at the premiere of "Moneyball" (Flickr)
Brad Pitt at the premiere of "Moneyball" (Flickr)

Brad Pitt

We can’t finish the list without mentioning Brad Pitt, another actor who has been snubbed by the golden statue. Pitt might be a heartthrob that has attracted ladies of all generations, but Oscar seems to be the only one not giving him a second look. As for nominations, Pitt has reeled in three for his roles in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Twelve Monkeys" and "Moneyball" but, as you guessed, still no Academy Award.

These are just a few names on the long list of megastars that have yet to take home the gold. Keep your fingers crossed that some of your favorite stars take home the covenanted Oscar at this year's Academy Awards. Many of your favorite stars could end up on our list of snubbed actors next year. Don’t forget to check Neon Tommy for all the up to date Oscar news.


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Jolene Gov (not verified) on March 7, 2014 4:36 PM

I can't believe Johnny Depp hasn't won an Oscar yet! He's a very dedicated actor, he even got a tattoo of a sparrow that says "Jack" underneath it! From Pirates of the Caribbean! Why are the nominators so damn stupid?! IT'S BEEN 31 FREAKING YEARS OF HIS ACTING CAREER NOW, AND HE STILL HASN'T GOT ONE!! WHY?!! Especially that fabulous performance in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and in Finding Neverland! ;_;

Anonymous (not verified) on March 4, 2014 3:58 AM

Yes I believe Will and Leo are well deserving actors!!!! Top of the line!!!!! I have been moved by both!!!

K. Moore (not verified) on February 10, 2014 7:24 AM

Will Smith in the Pursuit of Happyness was one of the best performances I've ever seen. He got snubbed.

Anonymous (not verified) on August 2, 2013 1:41 AM

Johnny Depp deserves an oscar award !

Michelle (not verified) on July 12, 2013 6:56 PM

Just because your rich and popular doesn't mean your acting skills are worthy of an Oscar. I need to be moved by an actor/actress. I need to believe they truly feel like their character. You can tell when someone truly is the character even for a short time.

Anonymous (not verified) on October 6, 2013 11:17 AM

Will Smith does just that.