Winning an Oscar is the highest honor an actor or actress can receive, but unfortunately, there are only four acting trophies handed out at each ceremony. This means that there are plenty of stellar performances that go home empty handed every year, even if millions of viewers deem them awards worthy. It’s always an honor just to be nominated, but some thespians out there would love to receive a little gold man of their own one day very soon, and their fans are constantly rooting for them. Here are 10 amazing actors who are long overdue to win an Oscar.
Now that Leonardo DiCaprio has claimed his first Best Actor prize, Amy Adams has arguably seized the overdue narrative all for herself. One of the finest actresses of her generation, Adams has been nominated five times five times, most recently for 2013’s American Hustle. She always gives it her all, but she still hasn’t emerged from an Oscar race victorious yet. Her best chance might have been The Fighter, but in a cruel twist of fate, she lost to co-star Melissa Leo, who was nominated in the same category. Adams headlines Arrival and Nocturnal Animals this fall, two projects building Academy Award buzz, so maybe her cold streak will end in 2016.
Before he went into full action hero mode, Tom Cruise was one of the better dramatic actors out there, earning praise for his turns in films like Rain Man and A Few Good Men. He’s been nominated three times in his career: Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, and Magnolia. Regardless of what one things of his personal life, Cruise is fiercely dedicated to his craft, and if he took a break from Jack Reacher and Ethan Hunt to go back to drama, he could clinch himself an Oscar win. Cruise’s main goal is to constantly make movies general audiences enjoy, but he certainly wouldn’t turn down an Academy Award if one came his way.
Keaton has had a starring role in the last two Best Picture winners, Birdman and Spotlight, but he remains without an Oscar of his own. In fact, despite multiple outstanding performances, he’s only been nominated once. Many had pegged Keaton as the favorite for Best Actor in 2014, the year of Birdman, but it was strictly a sentimental choice of moviegoers. Keaton lost to Eddie Redmayne, who played Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Keaton is back at it this year as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc in The Founder, and he could have another shot if everything falls into place. Three other Batmen are Oscar winners, so why not make it four?
An icon thanks to his geek-friendly roles of Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Ford is a strong actor and can be much more than a charming rogue. He’s earned one Oscar nomination in his storied career, playing a cop gone hiding in an Amish village in Witness. The Golden Globes are fonder of his talents, giving Ford four Best Actor nominations – including Best Picture nominee The Fugitive - and the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012. His legacy in films is without question, but it would please many to see Ford’s status as one of the all-time greats cemented with an Academy Award. He’s free from Star Wars now, so maybe he can chase gold until he retires.