There are many talented actors who never won an Oscar or an Emmy. It’s just part of the usual rat race. And let’s be honest, most of these award shows are popularity contents and politically motivated stunts. They rarely showcase the best cinema has to offer. That doesn’t mean cinephiles don’t tune in whenever the Oscars or the Emmys air. We all want to know who the Academy picked each year. It’s like our Superbowl with many lame jokes. Of course, when it’s all over, many of us are left disappointed that our actor didn’t get the award. This list goes out to all those talented actors that got so close, but didn’t win. Ladies and gentleman, List25 is proud to present to you the Top 25 Actors Who Never Won an Oscar or an Emmy!
Steve Carrell has played numerous roles throughout his career, from a clueless boss in the comedy “The Office” to his riveting portrayal of murderous wrestling coach John du Pont. He’s proven he can adapt to both comedies as well as drama. Yet still, he has not received an Oscar or Emmy.
Mr. Norton’s break out role was in the courtroom thriller “Primal Fear.” I still remember this performance and to this day, I still think it’s one of his best. He also played a reformed skinhead in “American History X,” which was absolutely brilliant.
Johnny Depp’s acting knows no bounds. He first started out in teen beat shows, such as “21 Jump Street,” and the cult classic “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Since then, he has gone on to give great performances in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” Depp continues to astound people with his performances, but sadly no Oscar yet.
Most people associate Hugh Laurie with the medical drama “House M.D.” Yet before this, he was known to play bumbling idiots, who were usually in positions of power, such as the British comedy “Black Adder.” Hugh’s ability to switch from television comedy to drama so naturally makes it very surprising he’s never won an Emmy.
Considered by many to be one of the greatest comics ever, Red Foxx received three Emmy nominations for “Sanford and Son” but never won the award.
“Tonight on Murder, She Wrote!” Every week, I tuned in to watch Anglea Lansbury use her wits to catch a killer. You may not know this but Ms. Lansbury was nominated 15 times for her role as Jessica Fletcher. Angela Lansbury was also great in the original “Manchurian Candidate.” She won a Tony, but still no Oscar or Emmy.
Robert Downey Jr.
When I think of Robert Downey Jr., I think of a brilliant actor who has had to overcome adversity and came out triumphant. Even before his troubles, he had some brilliant roles. I really hope he wins an Oscar soon. He deserves it.
With his brilliant portrayal as Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line,” one would think he would be a shoe-in for winner, but alas there has been no Oscar for the talented actor. I know I am looking forward to his role as The Joker.
Ms. Benning has been in the movie industry for a while now, and one would think, in all that time, she would have won an Oscar. Her performance in “American Beauty,” among others, was riveting.
Perhaps many see Bill Murray as a comic actor, and this is true, but Bill Murray has also done some great dramatic roles such as “Lost in Translation” and the independent film “St. Vincent,” both amazing films everyone should see.
John Malkovitch brings a certain charisma to every role he does that you can’t deny. You may get a chill up your spine when he plays a psychopath such as the role he did for the film “In The Line of Fire.” I swear these things are rigged.
He played famous artist Jackson Pollock in the indie film “Pollock,” as well as the sinister Christof in “The Truman Show.” Although he has been nominated numerous times, he still has not received an award for his performances.
Who can deny the talent of Glenn Close? You can try but one wouldn’t suggest it. “Fatal Attraction” is probably one of her best performances but a long with playing an unhinged woman, she also has played other characters that have been worthy of an Oscar.
Samuel L. Jackson
Although many people may think of “Pulp Fiction” when they think of this talented actor and his bible quoting hit-man character, Samuel L. Jackson has played some complicated roles, such as a grieving father whose daughter is killed by racists in the courtroom thriller “A Time to Kill.” He is a great actor and hopefully will win an Oscar.
Tom Cruise is not just an action star; he also has played plenty of dramatic roles, such as “Born on the 4th of July” and “Jerry Maguire.” He might have been eccentric in the past, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a powerhouse performer.
How has she not won an Emmy yet? Both of her biggest roles on TV, Peggy Bundy on “Married, with Children,” and Gemma Taylor on “Sons of Anarchy” proves she’s a fantastic actress. Even Entertainment Weekly admitted she received “one of the biggest Emmy snubs of all time.”
Who can forget the wise mother/lawyer/wife of “The Cosby Show” Claire Huxtable? Every week, audiences tuned in to watch The Huxtables and the wisdom of Ms. Huxtable.
Although he might not have done much or any dramatic roles, Tracey Morgan’s comedic timing is pure genius.
One of the most versatile actors of our generation, Don Cheadle has played it all from Miles Davis to Iron Man’s sidekick. Don Cheadle has paid his dues and it’s high time he was acknowledged for that.
I think her portrayal of Tina Turner was riveting. Angela Bassett is an amazing actress and hopefully, she will win very soon. She’s only been nominated once.
Will Smith is a great actor. I mean come on, “Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happiness,” and even certain scenes of “The Fresh Prince” really showed his acting prowess.
Amy Adams has been nominated several times for her roles but hasn’t won an Oscar. She was nominated this year for her role in the political biography “Vice” but did not receive the award.
After getting her start on the teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” and a few teen comedies, Michelle Williams went on to star and costar in some powerful movies that showed she’s more than a pretty face.
One of the greats who never won an Oscar or an Emmy, Andy Griffith sadly passed away in 2012. Griffith was known for playing the sheriff of Mayberry on “The Andy Griffith Show” and also lawyer Ben Matlock.
From Vinny Babarino on “Welcome Back Kotter” to Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction,” John Travolta is one of the greatest actors and comeback actors of all time.