The Best Actors and Actresses Who Have Yet to Win an Oscar
Now that the 2019 Academy Award nominations have been announced, it's time to begin the handwringing over what the Oscars got wrong. Since, for the first time in decades, I haven't watched any of the movies nominated (I tried to watch Black Panther, but found it so boring I fell asleep about twenty minutes in), I am going to direct my outrage at the continued snubs of actors and actresses who are really good at their craft.
Ranked below are the best living actors and actresses who have yet to win an Oscar for acting. Frankly, it's astounding that Jared Leto has an Academy Award for acting (Best Supporting Actor, 2013) and the brilliant actors and actresses listed below account for a grand total of zero Oscars. I mean, while reading through the list of names below, remember that Renee Zellweger has an Oscar for her supporting role in 2003's Cold Mountain.
Honorable mentions: Before we get to the top ten, though, here is a list of great actors and actresses who have surprisingly never won an Oscar for their work: Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter, Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Albert Finney, William H. Macy, Annette Bening, Emily Watson, Donald Sutherland, Clint Eastwood, Joan Cusack, Brenda Blethyn, Ralph Fiennes.
10. Bill Murray
To be honest, this may be a sentimental pick on my part. Don't misunderstand: while I love Murray, I also consider him an incredible talent. He's starred in some of the most iconic films ever produced and created some of the most enduring characters to have graced a movie screen. But I'm not entirely sure that several of the above honorable mentions don't deserve the ten-spot over the beloved Bill Murray. Regardless, I think we can all agree that Murray not having won an Oscar is a national embarrassment.
9. Ed Harris
Like many on this list, Ed Harris is an actor who many people probably assume has an Oscar. Nope. He's been nominated four times, though: Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Pollock, and The Hours. Harris has also given standout performances in The Right Stuff, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Beautiful Mind, and Gone Baby Gone, to list just four out of a possible many. Working against him is Harris' understated yet powerful performances that steer clear of histrionics that are often overshadowed by the more overwrought Oscar-bait performances trotted out by studios year after year.
8. Jennifer Jason Leigh
If the acting gods were just, and they're not, Jennifer Jason Leigh would be a household name. She is a brilliant actress. Her breakthrough role was her performance in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and she went on to star in movies like Single White Female and Backdraft. Besides her work in those relatively well-known movies, Leigh has starred in The Hudsucker Proxy, eXistenZ, and Short Cuts. Her work in those three films is award-worthy, but it's a crime that she didn't even get nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of the title character in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. Most recently, she was nominated for her work in The Hateful Eight, but failed to nab the golden man.