There are many actors and actresses who have never won Academy Awards (Oscars) despite many believing that they are more than deserving of the award. This is a list of such actors and actresses who are nominated in the 86th Academy Awards occurring on March 2.
Great Actors without Oscars
Matthew McConaughey — nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Matthew McConaughey hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar before now. McConaughey has had more than an opportunity to win in roles such in movies such as “Mud,” “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “We Are Marshall.”
When asked about McConaughey, marketingmajor Charissa Hoyman said, “He’s got a body.”
But people remember McConaughey for more than just his body.
“Recently his characters that he plays are not that serious. They’re always like ‘Magic Mike’ — has a bad plot — so you can’t really see his acting through it,” said Glenny Compton, business management and marketing major, who reasons McConaughey’s more recent roles are the reason he hasn’t won an Oscar yet.
Compton still believes McConaughey deserves an Oscar. She’s not the only one either.
“I find it very surprising (McConaughey hasn’t won an Oscar) because he’s been in everything and he’s a really good actor,” said Natalie Carrasco.
Leonardo DiCaprio —nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for “The Wolf on Wall Street” and Best Motion Picture of the Year for “The Wolf on Wall Street.”
Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2006 for “Blood Diamond,” Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2004 for “The Aviator” and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1993 for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”
Other than the ones he’s been nominated in, DiCaprio has been in films worthy of Oscars such as, “The Great Gatsby,” “Django Unchained,” “Inception,” “The Departed” and “Titanic.”
When asked if people found it surprising that Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar responses included:
“He’s never won? Seriously?,” said undeclared major Garrison Theroux with a surprised look on his face.
“That’s a joke because he should be number one in everything. He was freaking Jack on ‘Titanic.’ Come on now. He should have won something,” said Carrasco.
“Really, he hasn’t?,” said Hoyman.
“I don’t really like his acting. He always plays a similar character — a romantic boyfriend,” said Compton. “All his (movies) are popular, but aren’t really wow-worthy.”
Bradley Cooper — nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for “American Hustle”
Nominated once previously for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2013.
“He did really good in ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’ He should have won something for that,” Carrasco said.
Bradley Cooper went against some other great nominations for Best Actor in 2013, however, including winner Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln,” Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables,” Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master” and Denzel Washington in “Flight.”
Carrasco thinks that given any other nominations, especially Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” to stand up against Cooper likely would have won for best actor.
Great Actresses without Oscars
Amy Adams — nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for “American Hustle” — nominated four times previously for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2013 for “The Master,” 2011 for “The Fighter,” 2009 for “Doubt” and 2006 for “Junebug.”
“She’s really talented. I know she can sing too. She should just get in a musical movie and sweep it,” said Carrasco.
Compton had a similar opinion and said, “She’s really good. I want her to win.”