37 actors who have never won an Oscar, from Jake Gyllenhaal to Marilyn Monroe

Who else has gone unrewarded by the Academy? The Independent investigates

Jacob Stolworthy,Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 21 April 2021 11:14
Trailer for Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal

While the Oscars are designed to celebrate the best of cinema, sometimes the greatest go unrewarded.

Just look at Peter O’Toole, a titan of acting who won worldwide recognition for playing the title character of David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia.

That role won him the first of eight Oscar nominations. Yet, despite stirring performances in The Lion in Winter, Beckett and My Favourite Year, the Academy never awarded O’Toole a trophy.

Likewise, Deborah Kerr. She was nominated six times, but was never named a winner.

This year sees Glenn Close hoping to turn her eighth nomination into a win for Netflix film Hillbilly Elegy. Whether she can do so remains to be seen.

So, who else has gone unrewarded by the Academy? The Independent rounds up 37 actors you might assume have won Oscars – but actually haven’t.

The 93rd Academy Awards take place on 25 April – follow all of The Independent’s coverage here.

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