25 actors with the most Oscar nominations and no wins

For every actor that wins multiple Oscars (we’re looking at you, Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington), there are others who, no matter how much they put into their roles and how much campaigning they do, just can’t make the conversion into winning their first Academy Award.

More often than not, it’s just a matter of bad timing, like being nominated for an Oscar in the same year as one of the four actors mentioned above. There’s just no way of knowing when you’re taking on a role or shooting a film or even once a movie gets out to the critics, how things might change in the time before Oscar night.

Scroll through our photo gallery below to see the 25 actors with the most Oscar nominations and no wins. We include everyone who has been nominated for an acting award at least four times, with Glenn Close and Peter O’Toole leading the list at eight apiece. Many of those mentioned have passed away, while others are still working and could finally win an Academy Award … one day.