23 Actors Who Should’ve Won an Oscar by Now

We all have a favorite actor who we’d love to win an Oscar, but some may never get to hold that golden statue. A recent internet poll asked, “Who’s unlikely to win an Oscar, but you want them to?”. Here are the top 23 answers.

Tom Cruise

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“While I love his action movies, I’d like Tom Cruise to get back in his Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, and A Few Good Men era, and give us a couple more dramatic performances, potentially winning an Oscar.”

“I’m guessing that’s his next career pivot.”

Willem Dafoe

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“First person I thought of, first person I see mentioned here. I’d be elated to see him win one eventually.”

“I love when I open the comments, and my would-be answer is already the top voted answer.”

Jim Carrey

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Jim Carrey’s work has been highly awarded for his work by The Golden Globes, MTV, People’s Choice, Nikolodeon, and others, but he is yet to receive an Oscar nomination, despite appearing in popular and poignant movies such as ‘Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind’ and ‘The Truman Show’.”

Steve Buscemi

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“Steve Buscemi, he’s done great work over the years.”

Steve Buscemi has received several awards from The Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes, National Society of Film, etc. but has never even been nominated for an Oscar, despite starring in movies such as Reservoir Dogs, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski.

Adam Sandler

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“I would like to see Adam Sandler winning if he ever decided to do anything like ‘Uncut Gems’; that level of acting deserved an Oscar.”

“I was bummed when he got snubbed. Not even a nomination.”

John Goodman

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With his well-received supporting roles in The Artist (2011) and Argo (2012), Goodman accomplished the rare feat of appearing in back-to-back winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture. However, he has never personally been nominated for an award.

Keanu Reeves

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“Personally, I thought his performance in Matrix Resurrections was Oscar-worthy.”

“I want Keanu Reeves to get an Oscar, but that will never, ever happen.”

Ethan Hawke

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“Can’t believe he wasn’t even nominated for First Reformed! My boy Ethan got snubbed!”

“He was recently in The Northman and The Black Phone. He’s written a book; my man has been keeping busy.”

Toni Colette  

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“I came to say this. Hereditary, Sixth Sense, About a Boy, United States of Tara.”

“I personally think she should’ve won for ‘Hereditary.’ What a blistering performance.”

Kyle MacLachlan

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“He couldn’t even get nominated for an Emmy for The Return.”

“He deserved multiple best actor Emmy’s for The Return. How he wasn’t nominated at all is beyond me.”

Kurt Russell

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Kurt Russell began acting on television at the age of 12 and signed a 10-year contract with Disney shortly afterward. He has been a prolific actor during his long career, but despite being a steady and dependable performer, Oscar recognition has eluded him. 

Paul Giamatti

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Giamatti received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man (2005). He has also received six Golden Globe Awards nominations, winning twice for John Adams (2008), and Barney’s Version (2010).

Paul Dano

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“One of the best supporting actors of the past 20 years; wish he has the chance to play more leads; he is just absolutely astounding.”

“He’ll probably be nominated, at least, for the Batman.”

“Paul Dano will get there; I like to believe.”

Tony Leung

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“That man is arguably the best actor of this time, and everyone acknowledges that.”

“I remember Tony once said that he enjoys acting because it’s his way of expressing his real pain and emotions.”

Jake Gyllenhaal

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“Gyllenhaal not even getting a nomination for Nightcrawler was a disgrace. I’ve had no respect for AMPAS since he was overlooked.”

“He wasn’t even nominated for his best performance in Nightcrawler.”

Jack Black

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Although Jack Black has been nominated for two Golden Globes, he has never received an Oscar nomination. On September 18th, 2018, Black was inducted into Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Alison Brie

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Alison Brie has received 14 awards for her acting work (both in film and television) from 2009 – 2020, including Golden Globes, Satellite Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Critics Choice Television Awards. She is yet to be nominated for an Oscar.

Glenn Close

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Glenn Close was nominated for eight academy awards between 1983 and 2021; 4 times for best supporting actress and four times for best actress. However, she is yet to receive an Oscar for her work.

Ben Foster

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“Ben Foster is usually the best part of whatever movie he’s in.”

“He should have been nominated for ‘Leave No Trace.'”

“Or 3:10 to Yuma. Or Hell or High Water.”

Bob Odenkirk

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“Can’t believe they didn’t give Odenkirk best supporting actor for the time he showed up in Little Women and delivered the titular line.”

“It’s not a movie, but Odenkirk should’ve won an award for BCS.”

Michael Keaton

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“I’m still annoyed Michael Keaton didn’t win for Birdman, and I don’t think he’s going to have another chance. This really contributed to my dislike for Eddie Redmayne, and I will never watch Theory of Everything.”

Richard Jenkins

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“Still upset he didn’t get the Best Supporting win for Shape of Water.”

In 2014, Jenkins and his wife Sharon received the Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence.

Evan Peters

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“He’ll get one, still has plenty of time, I hope.”

“Well, at least he has an Emmy.”

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