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Oscars: Always a Nominee, Never a Winner!

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There are a few actors who were nominated several times for the Oscars, but never won. The reason? Everytime there was someone better. Or they were just unlucky.

  • Glenn Close received 6 nominations, but she never went home with a trophy. Maybe this year? The actress is nominated for The Best Actress for her performance in ‘Albert Nobbs’.  “I’ve often been mistaken for Meryl Streep, although never on Oscar night,” she once joked.
  • Peter O’Toole is an eight-time nominated actor, but he has been always snubbed. His first Oscar nod was in 1963 for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and his last one in 2007 for ‘Venus’.
  • Kenneth Branagh was nominated four times before, but never won. Maybe this year, his performance in ‘my weekend With Marilyn’ will bring him a trophy.
  • It’s amazing that Annette Bening is still lacking an Oscar. Last time she was nominated, in 2011 for her role in ‘The Kids Are All Right’.
  • Annette’s co-star in ‘The Kids Are All Right’, Julianne Moore received four Oscar nominations, but still with no luck.
  • Johnny Depp is part of this category as well. The ‘ Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor was up for an Oscar three times, but he never received the trophy.
  • Richard Burton was famously nominated for seven times, with no luck for him either.  
  • Natalie Wood was nominated for an Oscar three times for ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, ‘Splendor in the Grass’ and ‘West Side Story’ before she turned 25. Unfortunately, the actress who died at the age of 43, couldn’t win a trophy.
  • Greta Garbo wasn’t much luckier. She was nominated four times, and still not trophy. What’s even worse is that she received an unusual double nomination in 1931, for both ‘Anna Christie’ and ‘Romance’. Double faillure.
  • Montgomery Clift was up for four Oscars, but he lost his chance every time.

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