The 21 actors who have gotten the most Oscar nominations without winning one

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Amy Adams in “The Master.”
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Annapurna Pictures

Each year, deserving actors and actresses lose out in the Oscars‘ best acting categories.

But there are a handful of great actors that the Academy has repeatedly nominated and proceeded to repeatedly neglect.

Amy Adams has lost five times at the Oscars for five captivating roles, most recently with her first best actress nomination for 2013’s “American Hustle.”

But some all-time greats like Glenn Close, Richard Burton, and Peter O’Toole have had it even worse.

Here are the 21 actors who have been nominated for at least four Oscars without winning once:


Michelle Williams — 4 nominations

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“My Week with Marilyn.”
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Alliance Vivafilm

Best actress nominations: “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011)

Best supporting actress nominations: “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Manchester by the Sea” (2016)


Barbara Stanwyck — 4 nominations

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“Ball of Fire.”
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Samuel Goldwyn Productions

Best actress nominations: “Stella Dallas” (1937), “Ball of Fire” (1941), “Double Indemnity” (1944), “Sorry, Wrong Number” (1948)

Stanwyck received the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in 1981.


Rosalind Russell — 4 nominations

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“Auntie Mame.”
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Warner Bros.

Best actress nominations: “My Sister Eileen” (1942), “Sister Kenny” (1946), “Mourning Becomes Electra” (1947), “Auntie Mame” (1958)


Mickey Rooney — 4 nominations

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“The Black Stallion.”
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United Artists

Best actor nominations: “Babe in Arms” (1939), “The Human Comedy” (1943)

Best supporting actor nominations: “The Bold and the Brave” (1956), “The Black Stallion” (1979)

Rooney received the since-discontinued Academy Juvenile Award in 1938 and the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in 1982.


Claude Rains — 4 nominations

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“Casablanca.”
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Warner Bros.

Best supporting actor nominations: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Casablanca (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1944), Notorious (1946)


Ed Harris — 4 nominations

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“Pollock.”
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Sony Pictures Classic

Best actor nomination: “Pollock” (2000)

Best supporting actor nominations: “Apollo 13” (1995), “The Truman Show” (1998), “The Hours” (2002)


Agnes Moorehead — 4 nominations

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“Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte.”
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20th Century Fox

Best supporting actress nominations: “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942), “Mrs. Parkington” (1944), “Johnny Belinda” (1948), “Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte” (1964)


Marsha Mason — 4 nominations

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“The Goodbye Girl.”
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Warner Bros.

Best actress nominations: “Cinderella Liberty” (1973), “The Goodbye Girl” (1977), “Chapter Two” (1979), “Only When I Laugh” (1981)


Montgomery Clift — 4 nominations

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“A Place in the Sun.”
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Paramount Pictures

Best actor nominations: “The Search” (1948), “A Place in the Sun” (1951), “From Here to Eternity” (1953)

Best supporting actor nomination: “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961)


Charles Boyer — 4 nominations

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“Gaslight.”
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MGM

Best actor nominations: “Conquest” (1937), “Algiers” (1938), “Gaslight” (1944), “Fanny” (1961)


Annette Bening — 4 nominations

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“American Beauty.”
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DreamWorks Pictures

Best actress nominations: “American Beauty” (1999), “Being Julia” (2004), “The Kids Are All Right” (2010)

Best supporting actress nomination: “The Grifters” (1990)


Jane Alexander — 4 nominations

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“The Great White Hope.”
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20th Century Fox

Best actress nominations: “The Great White Hope” (1970), “Testament” (1983)

Best supporting actress nominations: “All the President’s Men” (1976), “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)


Arthur Kennedy — 5 nominations

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“Bright Victory.”
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Universal Pictures

Best actor nomination: “Bright Victory” (1951)

Best supporting actor nominations: “Champion” (1949), “Trial” (1955), “Peyton Place” (1957), “Some Came Running” (1958)


Albert Finney — 5 nominations

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“Under The Volcano.”
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Universal Pictures

Best actor nominations: “Tom Jones” (1963), “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974), “The Dresser” (1983), “Under the Volcano” (1984)

Best supporting actor nomination: “Erin Brockovich” (2000)


Irene Dunne — 5 nominations

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“I Remember Mama.”
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RKO Pictures

Best actress nominations: “Cimarron” (1931), “Theodora Goes Wild” (1936), “The Awful Truth” (1937), “Love Affair” (1939), “I Remember Mama” (1948)


Amy Adams — 5 nominations

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Columbia

Best actress nomination: “American Hustle” (2013)

Best supporting actress nominations: “Junebug” (2005), “Doubt” (2008), “The Fighter” (2010), “The Master” (2012)


Thelma Ritter — 6 nominations

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“Birdman of Alcatraz.”
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United Artists

Best supporting actress nominations: “All About Eve” (1950), “The Mating Season” (1951), “With a Song in My Heart” (1952), “Pickup on South Street” (1953), “Pillow Talk” (1959), “Birdman of Alcatraz” (1962)


Deborah Kerr — 6 nominations

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“The Sundowners.”
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Warner Bros.

Best actress nominations: “Edward, My Son” (1949), “From Here to Eternity” (1953), “The King and I” (1956), “Heaven Knows, Mr Allison” (1957), “Separate Tables” (1958), “The Sundowners” (1960)

Kerr received the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in 1994.


Glenn Close — 6 nominations

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“Fatal Attraction.”
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Paramount Pictures

Best actress nominations: “Fatal Attraction” (1987), “Dangerous Liaisons” (1988), “Albert Nobbs” (2011)

Best supporting actress nominations: “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Big Chill” (1983), “The Natural” (1984)


Richard Burton — 7 nominations

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“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
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Warner Bros.

Best actor nominations: “The Robe” (1954), “Becket” (1964), “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” (1965), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), “Anne of the Thousand Days” (1969), “Equus” (1977)

Best supporting actor nomination: “My Cousin Rachel” (1952)


Peter O’Toole — 8 nominations

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“Lawrence of Arabia.”
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Columbia Pictures

Best actor nominations: “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Becket” (1964), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969), “The Ruling Class “(1972), “The Stunt Man” (1980), “My Favorite Year” (1982), “Venus” (2006)

O’Toole received the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement in 2002.