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Five surprising actors who've never won an Academy Award

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Star power doesn't always equal Oscar

While many A-list actors have won an Academy Award or 10, some very big names have never graced the Oscar stage. Here are just a few of them.

Leonardo DiCaprio

There are a lot of brilliant and talented actors who have won an Oscar, or have won many Oscars. But you might be surprised by the talent in Hollywood that has yet to win one. Here are just a few.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo has been nominated three times for acting awards at the Oscars: for Best Supporting Actor for 1994’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, for Best Actor for 2005’s The Aviator (he even won the same award at the Golden Globes that year), and for 2007’s Blood Diamond. But (and this comes as a shock to many people), DiCaprio has never won his own Oscar.

It was called a snub when he wasn’t nominated for 1997’s Titanic but his co-stars Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were (neither of them won either).

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DiCaprio continues to do larger-than-life movies, and hopefully his day will come soon.

Sigourney Weaver

Weaver has also been nominated for three Academy Awards. In fact, in 1989 she was nominated for an Oscar both in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, respectively. She was also nominated in 1987 for Alien. But the A-list actress has never taken home the prestigious award, and hasn’t been nominated for almost 25 years.

Johnny Depp

Depp is a surprising Oscar-less actor, largely because of the roles he plays. Depp is very picky and doesn’t choose many movies that aren't up to his standards. Like the previous two actors, he's also been nominated for three Oscars. For Depp, though, his nominations all came in the last decade.

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In 2004 he was nominated for the first in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, for Best Actor. The next year he was nominated for the same award in Finding Neverland, where he played the author of Peter Pan and in 2008 he was nominated for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Julianne Moore

Moore has been nominated for four Oscars, but each time has gone home empty-handed. It's been 10 years since her last nomination, and in fact that year she was nominated for both acting Oscars in a lead and supporting role, for Far from Heaven and The Hours, respectively.

In 2000, she was nominated for Best Actress for The End of the Affair and in 1998 she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Boogie Nights.

Tom Cruise

Cruise is another actor who has been nominated for three of the prestigious acting awards but again has gone home without. His first nomination came almost 25 years ago, for 1989’s Born on the Fourth of July. He wasn’t nominated again until 1997, for Jerry Maguire. His last nomination came 13 years ago, when he received the nomination for his supporting role in Magnolia.

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These five actors show that star power and Oscar don’t always go hand-in-hand. The actors are all still working, and could easily still win their awards at some time in the future.

Photo courtesy Nikki Nelson/WENN
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