Oscars: Bradley Cooper and the 15 best actors who have yet to win an Oscar

A Star is Born, photo credit: Clay Enos via WB Media Pass
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SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 29: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the ‘A Star Is Born’ photocall during the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 29, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images) /

From Bradley Cooper to Tom Hardy, it’s hard to believe these 15 incredible actors have yet to win gold at the Oscars.

Though some may dispute the overall importance of receiving such an accolade, the prospect of winning an acting Oscar is often perceived as being the goal that every actor in the business must attain in order to become a true Hollywood star. It is the “end all, be all” of acting, so to say. Debatable, sure, but winning at the Oscars is still viewed as an important milestone to achieve in an acting career.

Through almost 100 years of the Oscars being presented, a wide array of legendary and up-and-coming actors have been gifted with the accolade, etching their names into cinematic history (for better or worse). However, left behind the publicized winners of the award are the many great performances often overlooked by film historians simply because of the lack of attention they received at the Oscars.

It’s unfortunate when many talented and deserving actors, despite their abilities being showcased onscreen, get passed up for the Oscars time and time again. Sometimes, an actor might be spared with a nomination to add to their resume, but either way you look at it, it’s still the case of an actor being overlooked by the Academy.

In the heat of Oscar season, sometimes it’s nice to look back at the talented actors that have yet to win an Oscar and remember why so many people continue to make a case for them even today. That’s what this list is for and though there are far too many actors that are talented enough to make a list like this, these 15 actors have stood out as workers that more than justify an Oscar win under their belts.

It may be a prolific body of work or just a few fantastic performances, but the actors listed certainly make a case for why they should be among the best to have never won the gold. Maybe someday they will and this list will grow to be incredibly outdated, but until then, let’s lament the “Oscar-less” careers of these incredible actors with the list!