There are some actors and actresses who you just expect to have cabinets and shelves groaning with Oscars. These are some of the most well-respected, most bankable stars in the world who have between them earned their studios billions and billions of dollars, after all. Surely they’ve picked up the odd golden statuette along the way? Nope! As hard as it is to believe, these twenty actors and actresses have never won an Academy Award. Unbelievable!

Glenn Close

Starting with a Best Supporting Actress nomination in 1983, Hollywood royalty Glenn Close has been nominated for an Oscar a whopping seven times. Despite this, the Fatal Attraction star has never walked up on stage to collect one of those precious little golden statuettes. Her latest nomination was in 2019 for her stunning performance in The Wife.

Robert Downey Jnr.

He may well be one of the highest paid actors on the planet and the linchpin of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that means nothing to the Academy. Despite being nominated for an Oscar twice ( for Chaplin in 1993 and Tropic Thunder in 2009), Downey Jnr. has yet to walk away with the top prize. Mind you, we’re sure the bazillions he makes playing Tony Stark go some way to cushioning the blow.