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Actors We Can’t Believe Have Never Won an Oscar or Emmy

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There are many talented actors who never won an Oscar or an Emmy. Even if most of these award shows are popularity contents and politically motivated stunts, 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, but 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.


Steve Carrell

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.


Edward Norton

Personal turmoil aside, Edward Norton has been regarded a very talented actor. His breakout role was in the courtroom thriller Primal Fear and he also played a reformed skinhead in American History X, and starred opposite Brad Pitt in Fight Club.


Michelle Williams

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.


Johnny Depp

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 blockbuster performances in Pirates of the Caribbean and continues to astound people with his performances, but sadly no Oscar yet.


Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. is a brilliant actor who has had to overcome adversity and came out triumphant. Even before his troubles, he had some brilliant roles including the iconic personification of Iron Man.


Bill Murray

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. He has a cult following, but no major award to show for it.


Glenn Close

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 along 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, Samuel L. Jackson has played many 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 who seems destined to one day win an Oscar.


Tom Cruise

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 be an eccentric, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a powerhouse performer.


Don Cheadle

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.


Amy Adams

Amy Adams has been nominated several times for her roles but hasn’t won an Oscar. The young and prolific actress still has many chances to nab her prize.


John Travolta

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. Will he be recognized with an award?

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