An Academy Award is the holy grail for any movie actor. Whereas many will declare that it’s “simply an honor being nominated,” the reality is that a win can put an enormous gold star in your résumé and be a serious improve to your profession. Actors get extra bucks for his or her work as soon as they’ve acquired a golden statue, to not point out the admiration of their friends and audiences.
Whereas it’s straightforward to imagine most big-name actors with expertise have received earlier than, that’s positively not the case. Right here’s a listing of trade heavyweights who’ve but to take house the large prize.
Maybe one of the underrated supporting actors throughout a profession spanning 50 (!) years, Elliott lastly bought his first Academy Award nomination this 12 months for his supporting position in Bradley Cooper’s musical drama A Star is Born. After racking up an extended record of appearances in iconic movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child and The Massive Lebowski, will he lastly get the accolades he deserves? We’ll discover out come February 24.
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With an illustrious, decades-long profession that started in theater within the 1980s and went on to incorporate mesmerizing performances in hit movies, Bening hasn’t but had the prospect to mud off her mantle and make room for a golden statue. She has, nevertheless, been nominated 4 occasions, together with for The Grifters (1990), American Magnificence (1999), Being Julia (2004), and The Youngsters Are All Proper (2010). With a number of initiatives within the works, together with a job within the upcoming movie The Report, about CIA brokers utilizing excessive interrogation ways on suspects within the wake of 9/11, 2020 might be her 12 months.
Smith bought his begin as a rapper, in fact, which ultimately led to his position because the titular Recent Prince of Bel Air on TV. Smith ultimately labored his means up the Hollywood A-list, delivering buzzworthy performances in blockbuster hit franchises like Males in Black and Unhealthy Boys, turning into one of the bankable stars in Hollywood. Smith has additionally proven critical appearing chops in movies like Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, each of which earned him Academy Award nominations. But, regardless of these honors and loads of makes an attempt at critic-pleasing roles, Smith has by no means received the coveted gold statue.
Holding the doubtful file for the residing actor with essentially the most nominations however no wins, Shut has seven nods to her identify courting again to 1983’s The World Based on Garp. She’s been nominated once more this 12 months for her position in The Spouse. Previous to that, she bought a nod for Albert Nobbs in 2012, amongst others, together with her iconic position as a spurned lover in Deadly Attraction in 1988, when she was overwhelmed out by Cher for Moonstruck. She has loads of different awards to her identify, together with a Golden Globe for The Spouse, which resulted in a passionate acceptance speech. If all goes effectively for the actress come the large day, she may lastly be including that Oscar to her lengthy record of awards.
A number one man referred to as an amazing character actor, Depp couldn’t snag a statue for a few of his most iconic roles. Nominated 3 times, as soon as for enjoying Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2004), then once more for Discovering Neverland (2005), and at last for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Avenue (2008), he hasn’t gotten any Oscar recognition for a decade. Along with his inventory trending closely downward for each private causes, one wonders if he’ll ever make it to the rostrum.
In equity, Pitt does have a statue occupying his mantel at house. However it’s for producing 12 Years a Slave in 2014. His appearing chops have led to a couple nods from the Academy, together with nominations for his supporting position in 12 Monkeys (1996) and lead roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009) and Moneyball (2012). Alas, he was left clapping for the winners, not strolling onto the stage.
Wait, Gyllenhaal doesn’t have an Oscar? Nope. And he’s really solely been nominated as soon as, again in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain. The actor hasn’t received a Golden Globe both, which implies he’s ripe for some Hollywood respect. Whereas he’s had loads of spectacular and difficult roles in his profession, how he didn’t win all of it for Nightcrawler is past us.
With six Oscar nods, Adams is on the record of actors who’ve essentially the most nominations with out a win. She has received tons of different awards, together with Critics’ Alternative Film Awards, Golden Globes, and Display Actors Guild Awards, however the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences retains passing Adams by. First, it was for Greatest Supporting Actress in Junebug (2006), then Doubt (2009), The Fighter (2011), and The Grasp (2013). She was nominated for Greatest Actress for 2013’s American Hustle, however she misplaced to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. Can this gal catch a break? Adams acquired her sixth nomination for Vice this 12 months, so we’ll be pulling for her to interrupt the development.
Robert Downey Jr.
Clearly, it pays (actually) to be a part of the Marvel universe, as Downey Jr. has persistently made it onto Forbes’ annual highest-paid actors record, even rating first from 2012-2015. But, Oscar accolades have escaped him. He’s been twice nominated — as soon as for Chaplin in 1993 and the second time for a really completely different position within the comedy Tropic Thunder in 2009. In 1993, he misplaced to Al Pacino for Scent of a Girl, and in 2009 to the late Heath Ledger for his position in The Darkish Knight. At the very least Downey Jr. can say that he misplaced out to a pair of fantastic actors in unbelievable roles.
Williams has made a reputation for herself among the many Hollywood elite, and has racked up a complete of 4 Academy Award nominations. However regardless of getting nods for her lead and supporting roles in Brokeback Mountain (2006), Blue Valentine (2011), My Week with Marilyn (2012), and Manchester by the Sea (2017), she hasn’t but earned a win. This 12 months, Williams is out of the working. There’s all the time subsequent 12 months?
Regardless of being concerned in lots of iconic motion movies and franchises, Cruise has by no means received an Academy Award. He has, nevertheless, been nominated 3 times, together with for Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996), and Magnolia (1999). It’s been nearly twenty years since Cruise has been seen wherever near the Oscar race, although. Given his deal with action-packed flicks that don’t are inclined to earn nods, he could need to say goodbye to any hope for an Oscar outdoors a doable Lifetime Achievement award.
That bizarre mockumentary apart, Phoenix is a superb actor who has been in quite a lot of fantastic movies. On the subject of the Academy Awards, he’s fallen simply quick a number of occasions. He has been nominated 3 times for an Oscar, for Gladiator (2001), Stroll the Line (2006), and The Grasp (2013). Whereas his co-star Reese Witherspoon received for enjoying June Carter Money in 2005’s Stroll the Line, Phoenix, who performed Johnny Money, misplaced out that 12 months to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman for his position in Capote.
With an extended and profitable profession that features key roles in box-office hits like Aliens, Ghostbusters, and Avatar, Weaver has all the time taken a again seat come Oscar season. She has acquired three nominations, for Aliens (1987), Working Lady (1989), and Gorillas within the Mist (1989). In reality, the latter two nominations, as you’ll notice, had been in the identical 12 months, and she or he took house the Golden Globe for each roles that very same 12 months, making her the primary individual to perform that feat. An Academy Award doesn’t look to be on the horizon for Weaver anytime quickly, however one can by no means inform when the planets will align.
Whenever you consider a few of the most thought-provoking movies of the previous 20 years, likelihood is that Norton has been in numerous them. Certainly, he has acquired a trio of Academy Award nominations, for Primal Worry (1997), American Historical past X (1999), and Birdman (2015), however he hasn’t but received. On the ceremony 4 years in the past, the final time Norton’s face was proven within the nominee readings, he misplaced to J.Ok. Simmons for Whiplash.
From cracking jokes on Cheers to engaged on stunning movies like Pure Born Killers, in addition to TV anthology collection True Detective, Harrelson has had an extended and diversified profession. Final 12 months marked his third nomination, this time for Three Billboards Exterior Ebbing, Missouri, the place he competed within the Greatest Supporting Actor race. Sadly for Harrelson, he misplaced out to his personal co-star, Sam Rockwell. Harrelson has additionally been nominated for Greatest Actor for The Folks vs. Larry Flynt (1997) and for Greatest Supporting Actor for The Messenger (2010), however has but to make the ultimate lower.
The 91st Academy Awards will air dwell on ABC at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, February 24. A number has not but been confirmed, following the departure of Kevin Hart.