ceremony is only a few days away and we’re already so excited to see who will join the 90th Annual Academy Awards big group of celebrated actors who have been recognized for their work. We love getting to look back at some of the most historic Oscar moments and as much as we love celebrating the winners, we can’t help but think of the dozens of actors that came this close to getting an Oscar of their own.
Getting nominated for an Academy Award is the biggest accomplishment that anyone in the film industry can have, but receiving multiple nominations — or, even better, WINS — cements you into history as the best of the best. We all know that it can take YEARS to finally be able to say your acceptance speech (we’re looking at you,
Leonardo DiCaprio), but we can’t believe that there are so many stars who have been nominated more than three times and still haven’t won.
We rounded up the most famous actors who have multiple Academy Award nominations to their name but have yet to be acknowledged with a victory. You’ll be surprised about who’s on the list, trust us:
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Peter O'Toole tops our list because he has been nominated for an Academy Award a whopping eight times and has yet to take home the golden statue. Peter started his acting career in 1960 and gained popularity for portraying T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, which gave him his first Oscar nomination.
Peter was nominated in 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1981, 1983 AND in 2007. His final nomination was for his role in
Venus. Unfortunately, Peter passed away in 2013 and he currently holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for acting without a win.
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You may recognize
Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians, but she has done way more than try to steal cute puppies. Glenn has been nominated for an Academy Award six times in the span of 29 years. She received her first nod from the Academy in 1982 for her supporting role in The World According to Garp, which also happened to be her debut film.
She has been nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress three times each and we can't wait for her to finally make it to the stage and say an acceptance speech. Her most recent nomination was in 2012, but Glenn has a few films in the works so we're hoping to see her back in the running soon!
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To be completely honest, we were SHOOK when we realized how many Oscar nominations
Amy Adams has racked up. Amy has been up for an Academy Award five times and we think that her time is long overdue. Her first attempt to win was in 2006 for her breakout role in the indie film Junebug. A year later, Amy found more commercial success as Giselle in Enchanted and she has continued to put on incredible performances ever since.
Amy was nominated in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 for four Best Supporting Actress-worthy roles and one Best Actress-worthy role. Many people believe that Amy was snubbed from a nomination in 2017 for her lead role in
Arrival, but we know that her time will come soon and we will definitely be cheering her on when it does!
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We are seriously impressed with
Michelle Williams' résumé. In 11 years, she has received four Oscar nominations and that is NOT an easy feat. Michelle found fame in 1998 when she began starring on Dawson's Creek alongside James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes. Her breakout film role was in Brokeback Mountain, where she met Heath Ledger, who she would go on to date and have a daughter with prior to his untimely passing.
Michelle's first Oscar nomination was for
Brokeback Mountain in 2006 and she has since been nominated in 2011, 2012 and 2017. Her most recent nomination was for her work in Manchester by the Sea. Although she didn't win, her co-star, Casey Affleck, did... but that caused major backlash due to his history of reported sexual misconduct.
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Ed Harris has been working in Hollywood for 40 years and has the nominations to prove it. He received his first Academy Award nomination 18 years after he started working in the industry for his supporting role in Apollo 13 in 1996.
Three years later, he snagged his second nomination for his work in
The Truman Show and has since gotten two more nominations in 2001 and 2003. Ed has been in some of the most talked-about films like mother!, Radio and A Beautiful Mind. We can't wait to see what he does next that will land him an Oscar nomination WIN.
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One thing we love about
Annette Bening is that she is always so happy to be at the Academy Awards that her smile is still this big even when she doesn't win. Annette has four Oscar nominations under her belt and we can't believe that she hasn't won yet!
Her first nomination came in 1991 for her supporting role in
The Grifters. She had only been acting in Hollywood for less than two years before being honored with the nomination and if that doesn't tell you she's super talented, then we don't know what will. Other than The Grifters, Annette has been nominated for Best Actress three times, in 2000, 2005 and 2011.
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Talk about a power duo! While Annette has been nominated throughout the 2000s, her husband,
Warren Beatty, found fame earlier in life. Warren has been nominated a grand total of 15 times and has actually won twice, but NEVER for an acting category. Of his 15 nominations, three of them were for Best Actor.
Although he does have an Oscar with his name on it, none of them have been for his acting talent, which is pretty surprising. He got his first acting nomination in 1979 for his leading role in
Heaven Can Wait and went on to be nominated two more times in 1982 and 1992. Warren hasn't been nominated for an acting category since the '90s, but he has been by his wife's side supporting her and cheering her on.
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Mickey Rooney is another actor who worked in the industry for decades and never won an Academy Award. Mickey got his first nomination way back in 1940 for his leading role in Babes in Arms.
He was again nominated for Best Actor in 1944 and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1957 and 1980. He is known for his many films through MGM studio that resulted in him becoming one of the highest-paid actors in the late 1930s.
The legendary actor worked until his death in 2014; he was 93 years old. One of his last movies was
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, opposite Ben Stiller and the late Robin Williams.
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When you think about it, it's pretty insane that
Bradley Cooper doesn't have a trophy of his own. The Silver Linings Playbook star has been nominated four times and is still trying to take home a win. Bradley got his first nomination in 2013 for SLP, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, 14 years after he made his big-screen debut.
In five years, Bradley has received four Oscar nominations, which is pretty impressive to say the least. His most recent nom was in 2015 for his leading role in
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Brad Pitt is one of those actors who has been in everything and nothing at the same time, if you know what we mean. When Brad was in his prime, it felt like he had a new movie coming out every year. He got his first recognition from the Academy in 1996, when he had a supporting role in 12 Monkeys. There was a 13-year gap between his first and second nomination, when he was acknowledged for his lead role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2009.
Three years later, Ben got another chance to bring home the Oscar when he was in the running for Best Actor for
Moneyball, but he ended up losing to Jean Dujardin. Since 2012, Ben has been nominated two more times for Best Picture and in 2014 he got to bring home a trophy for 12 Years a Slave. We're hoping that Brad will someday win for an acting category!
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Matt Damon has had an extensive career that started when he was 27 years old. Good Will Hunting was Matt's breakout role, in which he served as both the lead and co-writer and was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. He ended up winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but didn't take home the win for the acting category.
In 2010, Matt got his second chance at an Oscar for his supporting role in
Invictus and six years later he was once again up for Best Actor for The Martian. All of these roles have challenged Matt both physically and mentally and we definitely think he should be rewarded for his efforts.
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He may be The Hulk, but
Mark Ruffalo can do more than turn green. A year before he made his Bruce Banner debut, Mark was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Kids Are All Right. Four years later, he was up for the same award for bringing Dave Schultz to life in Foxcatcher.
Mark is known for taking roles that push him to the edge and that will surprise the audiences, and his most recent nominated film,
Spotlight, did just that. Mark was once again in the running for Best Supporting Actor in 2016, but lost to Mark Rylance.
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As crazy as it sounds,
Tom Cruise HAS done films other than those that are part of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Tom was on the 'It' actors of the '90s, and his nomination track record proves it.
Tom received his first Oscar nomination in 1990 for his role in
Born on the Fourth of July, but the win ultimately went to Daniel Day-Lewis. Seven years later, Tom was back in the running for Best Actor for playing Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire. His most recent trip to the Oscars was for his supporting role in Magnolia. Although he hasn't won an Oscar, Tom is the face of one of the biggest film franchises in history, so we think he's doing just fine.
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Johnny Depp is known for completely committing to a role, so much so that sometimes we forget that he was even in the movie! Johnny's first Academy Award nod was actually for one of his most iconic characters, Captain Jack Sparrow. In 2004, Johnny was up for Best Actor for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but he lost to Sean Penn.
In 2008, he was once again up for Best Actor because of his stellar performance in
Finding Neverland and again in 2008 for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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Sigourney Weaver is one of those actors who you know you've heard her name before, but you're not quite sure how. Sigourney has been some of the biggest blockbusters, including Alien, Ghostbusters and Avatar. If you're wondering why her name sounds familiar, it's probably because you've watched Finding Dory recently because she is the narrator at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Sigourney got her first Oscar nomination in 1987 for her work in the
Alien sequel, Aliens, but lost to Marlee Matlin. The following year was much more exciting because Sigourney was up for both Best Actress AND Best Supporting Actress for two completely different films. Although she didn't win in either category, she did win for both at the Golden Globes and became the first person to win two acting Golden Globes in the same year.
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Edward Norton's acting nominations span across 18 years and show his versatility as an actor. His first nomination was in 1997 for his role in Primal Fear, which was also his film debut.
Edward has also been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in 1999 and 2015 for
American History X and Birdman. He has not taken home a win yet, but he still has been in huge films like Fight Club, The Illusionist and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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Could this be her year?! At just 23 years old,
Saoirse Ronan already has three Academy Award nominations to her name. In 2008, at the age of 14, Saoirse received her first nomination for her supporting role in Atonement. Eight years later, she was up for Best Actress for her work in Brooklyn, but she lost out on the win to Brie Larson.
This year marks Saoirse's second Best Actress recognition, but this time for
Lady Bird. Saoirse has some fierce competition for this year's prize, but we're crossing our fingers that she'll be the one up on stage making an acceptance speech!
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Joaquin Phoenix has been acting since he was 10 years old and we're super surprised that he hasn't secured an Oscar yet. He became an international sensation when he starred in Gladiator, which earned him his Best Supporting Actor nomination in 2001.
In 2005, Joaquin was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Johnny Cash in
Walk the Line. He was once again nominated for the category in 2013 for The Master, but, like Bradley Cooper, he lost out to Daniel Day-Lewis.
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Michelle Pfeiffer has been in some of the biggest films, like Batman Returns and Hairspray, but her other projects have given her Academy Award nominations.
In 1989, she scored her first nomination for her work in
Dangerous Liaisons and got another nod the following year for The Fabulous Baker Boys. Four years after that, she scored her third and most recent nomination for Love Field. She hasn't been nominated since 1993 and people were shocked that she didn't get recognition for her work in mother!.