16 Hollywood stars you won't believe haven't won an Oscar

At this year's Oscars, Julianne Moore picked up her first statue after five failed nominations, but what about those Hollywood stars and directors behind some of the greatest films of all time who still haven't got one on their mantelpiece?

Here are the Hollywood greats who are still yet to pick up an Oscar for incredible performances.

Christopher Nolan

The acclaimed visionary director who brought you the likes of Inception, The Prestige and Interstellar still hasn't picked up a statue.

Nominations: Best Picture: Inception. Best Original Screenplay: Inception, Memento.

Will Smith

With an extremely varied film history, Hollywood's Mr Nice Guy has brought us such highly-rated flicks as Ali, Independence Day and I Am Legend, but still hasn't been given an Oscar.

Nominations: Best Actor: Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness.

Samuel L. Jackson

With an astonishing body of work, the sweary Samuel L. has appeared in the likes of The Other Guys, Coach Carter and Jackie Brown, but his lack of Oscar statue could be down to his lack as a leading (or even secondary) role in most of his films.

Nominations: Best Supporting Actor: Pulp Fiction.

Bill Murray

Seemingly Hollywood's favourite actor, Bill Murray has been in some of the most-loved films of the last 20-30 years, including Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Garfield: The Movie (sorry, couldn't resist), but still doesn't have an Oscar win to his name, not even for Garfield.

Nominations: Best Actor: Lost in Translation.

Sigourney Weaver

Possibly one of Hollywood's greatest action film star, Sigourney has featured in box office classics like Ghostbusters, Avatar and the Alien franchise (well, the first two were box office classics anyway). 

Despite this, she's lost out at the Oscars three times, and hasn't even been nominated since the late '80s, despite featuring in The Ice Storm (which won her a BAFTA), A Map of the World (which won her a Golden Globe) and Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time.

Nominations: Best Actress: Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist. Best Supporting Actress: Working Girl.

Johnny Depp

Famous for his ability to mould himself into any character that comes his way, as Captain Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean movies, as Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or any of the zany, quirky characters that he's worked on with Tim Burton.

Despite this, none of his performances have attracted the attention of The Academy, as Depp has always left the ceremony empty-handed.

Nominations: Best Actor: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Bruce Willis

Shooting to mainstream film success as John McClane in Die Hard, Bruce Willis has starred in classics such as Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense and Sin City.

Despite this, Bruce hasn't even been given a nod for any of his performances... even Lucky Number Slevin,

Nominations: None, none at all. Nothing.

Paul Thomas Anderson

Currently the second-greatest director with Anderson as their surname (after Wes, obviously), PTA has been behind some of the most well-received films of any director, including Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood. 

Despite this, he has never got his mitts on the golden statue, despite an array of nominations.

Nominations: Best Picture: There Will Be Blood. Best Director: There Will Be Blood. Best Original Screenplay: Boogie Nights, Magnolia. Best Adapted Screenplay: There Will Be Blood.

Gary Oldman

Regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation, Gary Oldman's long list of film credits include JFK, The Fifth Element, Léon: The Professional and True Romance, but his awards list doesn't include an Oscar.

Nominations: Best Actor: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Robert Downey Jr.

Despite falling off the bandwagon a bit in the late '90s, Downey Jr. has an impressive resume, which includes Sherlock Holmes, Chaplin, Natural Born Killers, Zodiac and all of his apperances as Iron Man, but he's never recieved a small gold statue to show off.

Nominations: Best Actor: Chaplin. Best Supporting Actor: Tropic Thunder.

David Fincher

Legendary director David Fincher is the mind behind the likes of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, Seven, Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, yet with each of those grossing well over $100m worldwide, David Fincher is still without an Oscar.

Nominations: Best Director: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network.

Ralph Fiennes

A star of stage, screen and film, Ralph Fiennes has appeared in the Harry Potter series, as well as turns in In Bruges, Schindler's List and most recently starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Nominations: Best Actor: The English Patient. Best Supporting Actor: Schindler's List.

Tom Cruise

While his personal life is a bit on the dubious side, it's undenying that Cruise has a remarkable body of work, including Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire and Collateral.

Nominations: Best Actor: Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire. Best Supporting Actor: Magnolia.

Alfred Hitchcock

Among the greatest directors in the history of the industry, Hitchcock directed many legendary films that are still regarded as the greatest movies of all time.

In 1968, to make up for his lack of Oscar success, the Academy awarded him an honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award instead.

Nominations: Best Director: Rebecca, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Rear Window, Psycho.

Peter O'Toole

Current holder of the most Oscar nominations without a win, the legendary actor and star of Lawrence of Arabia, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Venus. 

In 2003 he was awarded an honorary Academy Award by a red-faced academy who should have already dished a few his way in his long career.

Nominations: Best Actor: Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, My Favourite Year, Venus.

Glenn Close 

Another legendary Hollywood star who has been snubbed again and again, Glenn Close has starred in Fatal Attraction, 101 Dalmations and Dangerous Liasons but hasn't got a single Oscar to show for it.

Nominations: Best Actress: Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liasons, Fatal Attraction. Best Supporting Actress: The Natural, The Big Chill, The World According to Garp.


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