From Amy Adams to Jake Gyllenhaal, actors who deserve an Oscars win soon

Leonardo DiCaprio, until his Best Actor win for his role in The Revenant, was the poster boy for actors who deserve an Oscar but have never won one. It was one of the most popular topics of conversations among Leo lovers. However, he is not the only one who has been denied a well-deserving Oscar over the years.  

With the Oscars 2018 coming up, we have compiled a list of actors who are yet to receive recognition from the Academy for their acting chops:  

Amy Adams

Honoree Amy Adams, recipient of the American Cinematheque Award, attends the 31st American Cinematheque Award Presentation Honoring Amy Adams Presented by GRoW @ Annenberg. (John Sciulli/Getty Images)

She has been a convincing fairytale character come to life, a sexy b***h, a con artist and so much more during her illustrious career. If that does not show diversity and unadulterated talent, i don't know what does. But despite five Academy Award nominations, she has never actually won. 

2. Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty speaks onstage during American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Warren Beatty may have won the most iconic winner announcement of an Oscar award with last year's La La Land/Moonlight debacle, but he is yet to be conferred with an Academy award for his acting skills. Warren also took home of Oscar for Best Director in 1982 for Reds. He was also honored with an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1999, but technically that is given to "creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production." Us fans are holding out for a Best Actor of Best Supporting Actor win for Warren. 

3. Annette Bening

Annette Bening attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) nominees party at Kensington Palace on February 17, 2018 in London, England. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Warren's better half, Annette Bening, has also been denied an Oscar for far too long, having been nominated on four different occasions. Her Best Actress nominations include The Kids are Alright (2011), Being Julia (2005) and American Beauty (2000), while in 1991 she had been nominated as the Best supporting actress for her role in The Grifters

4. Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix attends the 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot' premiere during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palast on February 20, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Joaquin Phoenix may be considered an eccentric artist by many, nonetheless, he is a brilliant one. Many of his fans have wondered why, despite giving exceptional performances, he has been snubbed by the Academy repeatedly, even getting nominated only thrice.   

During an interview with the Interview in 2012, Joaquin, however,  made clear that he personally holds no value to that honor. He had said at the time, “I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other. . . . It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk the Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again.” 

5. Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver at Marvel's 'The Defenders' Press Line during Comic-Con International 2017 at Hilton Bayfront on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Despite getting nominated for an Oscar for her roles in Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, she was robbed of a win every single time. Most fans would agree with me when I say she should have won at least for her role as the super-heroine and female role-model Ellen Ripley in the James Cameron sci-fi flick.  

6. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp attends the 'Murder On The Orient Express' World Premiere at Royal Albert Hall on November 2, 2017 in London, England. (John Phillips/Getty Images)

Johnny Depp is revered as one of the biggest artists of our times, bringing varied range of characters to life on the big screen. However, he too, has been denied of an Oscar till now, despite being nominated thrice. Once for his role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2008), another for Finding Neverland (2005) and then again for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2004). 

7. Michelle Williams

Michelle William attends 'Wonderstruck' Photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Michelle Williams is yet another brilliant actress who is yet to receive her due from the Academy. Despite being nominated four times – twice in the Best Actress and twice in the Best Supporting Actress categories – she has not been honored with the award. 

Despite all the buzz that her film All the Money in the World made in the award circuit and her co-star Christopher Plummer's Oscar nod, her role as Gail could not land Michelle a nomination this year.  

8. Ed Harris

Ed Harris attends the 'mother!' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Thrice nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category and once as a Best Actor, Ed Harris is yet to win an Oscar. Pollack, especially, was a 10-year-endeavor and he definitely deserved a win for the role of the self-destructive Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock - and any other year he probably would have. Unfortunately for him, Russell Crowe was his competitor in the Best Actor category that year for his role in Gladiator, a film that reaped a wide range of awards in 2001. 

9. Will Smith

Jury member Will Smith attends the Closing Ceremony during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 28, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Will Smith, despite being considered one of the best actors and entertainers of our generation has not been bestowed with a single Academy award and has been nominated only twice. In fact, his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith took personal offence to this, especially the snub for his role in Concussion (2016) and called the Academy for not appreciating black artists. 

10. Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal attends 92nd Street Y presents Jake Gyllenhaal in Conversation followed by a Screening of 'Stronger' at 92nd Street Y on November 19, 2017 in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

The fact that this gem of an actor has only even been nominated for an Oscar once is a crime. While his nomination for Brokeback Mountain is well-deserved, his performances in Demolition, Jarhead, Zodiac and Nightcrawler definitely should have taken him to the winner's list. 

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