The Most Surprising Actors Never Nominated for an Oscar

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Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow
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Most Woody Allen leading ladies get an Oscar nomination: Diane Keaton, Maureen Stapleton, Dianne Wiest, Cate Blanchett... heck, even Mia Sorvino and Mariel Hemingway. Farrow, Allen's longtime companion, was in 13 of the director's films and didn't earn a nomination for any of them. Even her roles before she fell in with Allen, like the mother of the devil's spawn in Roman Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby,' failed to score her a nom.
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Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
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Rickman played one of the most iconic villains in film history as Hans Gruber in the original 'Die Hard' and to millions of younger moviegoers, he'll always be Serveus Snape from Harry Potter. The British actor, famous for his dry style, also won hearts as a romantic ghost in 'Truly Madly Deeply' and was a bundle of repressed longing in 'Sense and Sensibility.' Rickman might be one of the best character actors working, but it's never been enough to ring up an Oscar nomination.
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Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
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McGregor burst onto the scene in 1996's 'Trainspotting' and has managed a diverse career for himself, starring in everything from the Star Wars prequels to 'Moulin Rouge!' to 'The Impossible.' While it's an impressive resume, it hasn't been enough to get the Scottish actor's name read off on Oscar night.
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John Goodman
John Goodman
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Speaking of Coen Brothers performers, Goodman has been a mainstay of the brothers' films going all the way back to 'Raising Arizona.' He's been in six of the brothers' movies, including 2013's 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' but none have lead to a nomination. The same goes for his roles in Academy favorites like 'Argo' and 'The Artist.'
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Robin Wright
Robin Wright
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Wright famously played Princess Buttercup in the much-loved 'The Princess Bride,' was the female lead in 'Forrest Gump,' and spent a long time married to Sean Penn. That should add up to an Academy Award nomination somewhere along the way, shouldn't it? Alas, while she's won critically acclaim for parts in smaller films like 'Sorry, Haters' and 'Nine Lives,' she's still amongst the nomination-less. On the plus side, she's killing it on 'House of Cards' right now.
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Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
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Sutherland has had sizable roles in movies going back to the late '60s and had a run in the '70s where he starred in such high profile films as 'MASH,' 'Klute,' 'The Day of the Locust,' and 'Ordinary People' all without being nominated. Even his late career work in 'The Hunger Games' hasn't helped. It runs in the family... Kiefer's never been nominated for an Oscar either.
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Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
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She might be a former model, but Diaz has had high profile roles working with top-shelf directors like Martin Scorsese ('Gangs of New York'), Spike Jonze ('Being John Malkovich'), and Cameron Crowe ('Vanilla Sky'). While her directors have all been nominated before, Diaz has so far been left out in the cold. Not even a tearjerker like 'My Sister's Keeper' could do the trick.
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John Cusack
John Cusack
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Cusack has long been established as a major player starting with his iconic turn as the love-struck teen in 'Say Anything...' His work in films like 'Being John Malkovich,' 'The Grifters,' 'High Fidelity,' and 'Grace is Gone' would seem to be Oscar worthy, but apparently the Academy didn't think so. Adding insult to injury, his sister Joan Cusack has been nominated twice.
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Steve Martin
Steve Martin
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Martin's contemporaries like Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd have been nominated, but the Wild and Crazy Guy has never managed one even for well-received comedies LIKE 'Roxanne' or when stepping out of character in movies like 'The Spanish Prisoner' or 'Novocaine.' Guess he'll just have to be content with being an award-winning playwright and author.
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Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
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Hugh Grant stammered his way into audiences' hearts in the '90s with his unlucky in love roles in classics like 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Notting Hill.' He's also been in period pieces like 'Sense and Sensibility' and played mean in 'An Awfully Big Adventure.' 'Four Weddings' won him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, but he's still waiting for his first chance at an Oscar.
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Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
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Buscemi is the consummate supporting actor, lending his distinctive style to everything from 'Reservoir Dogs' to a string of Adam Sandler comedies. His work with the Coen Brothers in films like 'Barton Fink,' 'Fargo,' and 'The Big Lebowski' was praised, but not enough to earn him a nomination.
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Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
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The restaurant scene in 'When Harry Met Sally' might be every bit as groundbreaking as Claudette Colbert raising her skirt to stop a car in 'It Happened One Night,' but unlike her counterpart from the '30s, Meg Ryan didn't get an Oscar nomination for it. The queen of the rom-com also wasn't nominated for 'Sleepless In Seattle' or more serious fare like 'City of Angels.' At least she had a good time in that deli.
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Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
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Willis' action buddy Sylvester Stallone has been nominated, but despite starring in such critically acclaimed fare as '12 Monkeys,' 'The Sixth Sense,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'Pulp Fiction,' the actor has never found favor with the Academy's voters. Oh well, maybe 'Die Hard 6' will be the one to break the drought.
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Richard Gere
Richard Gere
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Gere has proven repeatedly that he's more than just a pretty face, but an Oscar nod has continued to allude him. He's been in plenty of movies that have gotten nominations for other actors, like 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' 'Pretty Woman,' and 'Chicago,' so it's not his choice of projects. He's gotten a Golden Globe nomination as recently as 2012 for 'Arbitrage,' so there's still hope.
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Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
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Lots of funny guys get nominated when they take a more serious role and Carrey has done the kind of work that would seem to lead to a nomination, all to no avail. He's been nominated for a Golden Globe six times, winning twice for 'The Truman Show' and 'Man on the Moon,' but the Academy has graded the former Ace Ventura much tougher.

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