The Internet recently exploded when Leonardo DiCaprio bagged his first Academy Award for his role in the movie The Revenant. Leonard DiCaprio is a great performer and his astounding work is reflected in his movies. After working hard and nominated six times for the Academy Award, the sixth time was lucky for this actor.
However, there are some brilliant actors in Hollywood who have given mesmerizing and jaw-dropping performances but the Academy Awards continues to defy these gentlemen.
Please note: honorary or special Oscars don’t count, as they are not competitive.
#10 Robert Downey Jr.
The Iron Man took his time but has not become a favorite among the masses. He is one of the highest paid actors but the Academy Award still eludes him. He is a talented actor was nominated for portraying Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin but lost it to Al Pacino.
#9 Ralph Fiennes
This fine actor is the face behind Harry Potter’s nemesis: Lord Voldemort. Not just villainous roles, Ralph Fiennes has shown time and again that he can excel in almost any genre. He has been nominated twice but has never won an Oscar.
#8 Bradley Cooper
The sexiest man alive has been nominated twice for Best Actor Award but is yet to win one. He has successfully proven that he can play complex as well as comic roles with ease.
#7 Edward Norton
Edward Norton got his first Oscar nod for his very first movie Primal Fear. Since then he has been nominated twice for his role in the movies American History X and Birdman. His performance in Fight Club was mesmerizing.
#6 Will Smith
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is one of most bankable actor. His versatility has been proven time and again. He has been nominated twice for the Best Actor Award. The first nomination was for Ali and the second nomination for his role of Chris Gardner for the movie Pursuit of Happyness.
#5 Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is known to take some off-beat roles. His characters are delusional, sarcastic and witty. Along with his collaboration with Tim Burton he has done some exceptional movies like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. He has been nominated thrice for the Best Actor Award but has not won any.
#4 Brad Pitt
The heartthrob of Hollywood has not been able to win the heart of golden lady. He has done some exceptional roles in movies like Interview with the Vampire, Fight Club, Babel, Troy and The Big Short. The actor has been nominated five times and twice for the Best Actor Award. We hope he wins his first Academy Award for Best Actor soon.
#3 Gary Oldman
He has been a frontrunner in the industry since the 80s and he is described as one of the best actors ever because of his versatility and theatrical acting style. He is extremely dedicated to his craft. He got his first Oscar nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
#2 Richard Burton
This man has been nominated for the coveted award for seven times but sadly couldn’t win one till he expired in 1984. This British actor is highly regarded as one of the best actors ever to have graced the industry and deservedly so.
#1 Peter O’ Toole
This man holds the record with 8 Oscar nominations and no wins. He has played the lead in epic dramas, war movies and even musicals. He won an array of different awards except for an Oscar. He passed away in 2013.