This year’s Oscars brought in a historic number of first-time nominees; 16 of the 20 nominees in the actor and supporting categories are Oscar first-timers. From longtime industry favorites like Jamie Lee Curtis and Bill Nighy to exciting newcomers like Paul Mescal and Stephanie Hsu, the Class of 2023 has brought a rare infusion of fresh blood to cinema’s most prestigious race.
10 Incredible Actors Who Have Never Been Nominated for an Oscar
Countless other stars are still waiting for their first taste of Oscar recognition – and surprisingly, many of them are established actors with decades of remarkable work behind them. Check out some!
Ever since she burst onto the scene in the early 2000s, Emily Blunt has made it clear that she is a force to be reckoned with. Over the next two decades, Blunt went from supporting role to lead role. Whether it’s her now-iconic assistant Emily in The Devil Wears Prada, or starring as Queen Victoria or Mary Poppins herself, the Oscars have had plenty of opportunities to reward her award-worthy efforts.
Steve Buscemi earned two Emmy nominations for his work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, but has yet to win an Oscar. Buscemi tends to handle minor roles on the big screen, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t turned in performances at the level of award-winning filmmakers, especially Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers.
Jim Carrey became one of Hollywood’s greatest comedy actors as soon as he hit the scene. However, he has also been part of quasi-dramatic roles (some would say more “gym buddies”). Some of these parts earned him wide acclaim, and his deletion was deemed rejected on the morning of the nomination day. Most notably, Carrey missed out on nominations for The Truman Show in 1998 and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in 2004, two comprehensive performances that rank among his best work.
John Cusack has had an extensive and varied career dating back to the 1980s when he was one of Hollywood’s most recognizable and trusted teen idols. He has advanced to Oscars several times, most notably in 1999 for Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich (which earned him Academy Award nominations for writing, directing and supporting actress) and in 2000 for High Fidelity, which earned him a Golden Globe.
Cusack hasn’t come close since then, but given his talent, his first Oscar-nominated role could be anytime soon.
Mia Farrow’s career spans decades and includes roles in several Oscar-nominated films. Surprisingly, Farrow herself has yet to receive an Oscar nomination. Her work in Rosemary’s Baby, one of the hallmark performances in horror (a genre that is still an obstacle for the Academy), went largely unnoticed.
Furthermore, his collaborations with Woody Allen on titles such as The Purple Rose of Cairo and Hannah and Her Sisters are among his best. Hopefully, we’re hoping for a career-ending role that finally earns Farrow that fleeting nomination.
While Richard Gere has been around in Hollywood since the 1980s, with iconic roles in films like American Gigolo and Pretty Woman, he came close in 2002’s Chicago, which was an Oscar hit in nearly every category.
Like Richard Gere, Hollywood legend Danny Glover – whose career spans more than four decades and includes iconic action films like Predator 2 and Lethal Weapon – was excluded from Oscar nominations, despite appearing in several films that were relevant. at the gym.
Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple received 10 Academy Award nominations in 1986, and Dreamgirls had five in 2007. However, none of the films in which Glover appeared in significant supporting roles earned him a nomination.
Considering he’s one of Hollywood’s most beloved film and television actors, it seems especially egregious that John Goodman has been overlooked by the Academy. Whether it’s his collaborations with the Coen brothers on classics like Barton Fink and The Big Lebowski, or more recent work like his stellar supporting performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane, Goodman has proven that he has comedic and dramatic range.
Hugh Grant is one of the biggest movie heartthrobs of all time, making men and women swoon in romantic dramas and romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral or A Place Called Notting Hill. While these performances have been hailed as some of the best in the genre, the Oscars rarely reward these types of films with acting nominations.
More recently, Grant came close to recognition opposite Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins, and fans and critics alike rallied around him for his turn as villain (and Sondheim’s lover) in Paddington 2, but even that didn’t earn him a nomination.