The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 22, 2015. Voting for the 2015 nominees begins on December 29th 2014, and ends on January 8th, and the nominees will be announced on Jan. 15th. There are endless early predictions abounding in the media showcasing actors who are worthy of consideration. But, in truth, there have been and will continue to be many outstanding actors who will never win the coveted Oscar statuette. Peter O’Toole was nominated eight times; Richard Burton received seven nominations; Edward Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, and Deborah Kerr were nominated six times. It’s an all-too-familiar story to many Hollywood actors. But winning as Oscar isn’t as simple as being overdue for career recognition; nor is it sufficient to even earn it. For example, should an actor with a decades-long career and multiple nominations deserve to win more than a newbie with a first nomination but who was given a role of a lifetime? Or if someone has already won an award, should the Oscar now be given to someone else even though it’s equally deserved? Well, with all the variables to consider, ultimately Oscar follows his own rules. Here is a list of talented actors who have been nominated for an Academy Award more than once, but who haven’t won…(yet).

Glenn Close received six nominations for Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, The Natural, The Big Chill, and The World According to Garp.

Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated five times: twice for The Wolf of Wall Street (Best Actor and Best Motion Picture), and then for his roles in Blood Diamond, The Aviator, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

Amy Adams was nominated five times for her performances in American Hustle, The Master, The Fighter, Doubt, and Junebug.

Julianne Moore was nominated for four Oscars for Far from Heaven, The Hours, The End of the Affair, and Boogie Nights.

Ed Harris was nominated four times for his roles in Apollo 13, The Truman Show, Jackson Pollock, and The Hours.

Annette Bening received four nominations for The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, American Beauty, and The Grifters.

Michelle Pfeiffer was nominated three times for Love Field, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Dangerous Liaisons.

Michelle Williams was nominated for three Oscars for performances in My Week with Marilyn, Blue Valentine, and Brokeback Mountain.

Tom Cruise was nominated three times for Magnolia, Jerry Maguire, and Born on the Fourth of July.

Johnny Depp was nominated for three Oscars for his roles in Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Finding Neverland, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Joaquin Phoenix received three Oscar nominations for The Master, Walk the Line, and Gladiator.

Laura Linney received three nominations for The Savages, Kinsey, and You Can Count on Me.

Sigourney Weaver received three nominations for Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, Working Girl, and Aliens.

Will Smith was nominated twice for his performances in In the Pursuit of Happyness, and Ali.

Ian McKellen was nominated twice for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Gods and Monsters.

Jessica Chastain was nominated twice for Zero Dark Thirty, and The Help

John Travolta was nominated twice for Pulp Fiction, and Saturday Night Fever.

Edward Norton received two nominations for American History X, and Primal Fear.

Robert Downey Jr. was nominated twice for Tropic Thunder, and Chaplin.

Wouldn’t it be an accomplishment to be in such good company?! It just goes to show how winning prizes is only one small measure of success. As Leonardo DiCaprio once stated, “I don’t think I ever expected anything like an Oscar ever, to tell you the truth. That is not my motivation when I do these roles. I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.”

So what other worthy actors did we forget to add to this list?

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