ByCassie Benter, writer at
Breaker of Games, Mother of Bug Finding. Co-creator of AdventureJam. Twitter: @FenderBenter
Cassie Benter

The Oscars are coming up, which means once again we'll be either thrilled, disappointed, or a mixture of both in regards to the winners.

Here's a look at some undoubtedly worthy winners, who throughout all these years, have never received a single Oscar.

Harrison Ford

Nominated for: Witness (1985)

Lost to: William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

I'm shocked just as much as you, I can promise you that. Harrison Ford has only been nominated once. Seriously... only once?! Even I feel robbed!

Edward Norton

Nominated for: Primal Fear (1996), American History X (1998), Birdman (2014)

Lost to: Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire (1996), Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful (1997)

Edward Norton has been nominated three times, and lost twice. This could be his year for a win in Birdman for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role! Cross your fingers, this could be it!

Julianne Moore

Nominated for: Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), The Hours (2002), Far from Heaven (2002), Still Alice (2014)

Lost to: Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential (1997), Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry (1999), Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago (2002), Nicole Kidman in The Hours (2002)

Julianne Moore has been nominated five times, and lost four. Like Edward Norton, this could be her year to win! She's been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in Still Alice! Wouldn't it be something to get not one, but two new Oscar winners in the same year?

Robert Downey Jr.

Nominated for: Chaplin (1992), Tropic Thunder (2008)

Lost to: Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman (1992), Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

I can't believe he hasn't won an Oscar, especially for Chaplin! This is just making me depressed now. I cannot die happy until he does. Someone please give this man an Oscar already!

Ralph Fiennes

Nominated for: Schindler's List (1993), The English Patient (1996)

Lost to: Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive (1993), Geoffrey Rush in Shine (1996)

If Ralph Fiennes looks familiar but you just can't place how you know him, try covering up his nose. You've probably seen him as Lord Voldemort in the later Harry Potter films. Ralph is one of those actors that does fantastic no matter what role you give him.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Nominated for: What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Aviator (2004), Blood Diamond (2006), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Lost to: Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive (1993), Jamie Foxx in Ray (2004), Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland (2006), Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Due to the many memes in existence, this is perhaps the most obvious nominee, and undoubtedly the one everyone's been waiting to see on this list. I love all of the movies I've seen him in. His new ones are fantastic, but for me, I don't know as he'll ever top his performance in Gilbert Grape. Just incredible.

Samuel L. Jackson

Nominated for: Pulp Fiction (1994)

Lost to: Martin Landau in Ed Wood (1994)

Much like Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson has also only been nominated once. How do these things happen? I feel like someone messed up somewhere!

Joaquin Phoenix

Nominated for: Gladiator (2000), Walk the Line (2005), The Master (2012)

Lost to: Benicio Del Toro in Traffic (2000), Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (2005), Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (2012)

Another mind-boggling one for me. I mean, honestly, I feel like he should have won an Oscar for his appearance on Letterman in 2010. He had us all going!

Johnny Depp

Nominated for: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Finding Neverland (2004), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Lost to: Sean Penn in Mystic River (2003), Jamie Foxx in Ray (2004), Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (2007)

Do you ever have those moments where you just assume someone has won an Oscar, because there's no reason you can think of why they shouldn't have? I'm now going to call this the Johnny Depp Effect. You can join in with me if you'd like.

Gary Oldman

Nominated for: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Lost to: Jean Dujardin in The Artist (2011)

WHAT?! Gary Oldman is one of my top favorite actors. Every role he plays is so different from the next, but yet so believable! And he has only been nominated once! This can't be happening. Someone please pinch me so I can wake up from this nightmare.


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