The 89th Academy Awards may still be a little way off but when it comes to Oscar buzz, it doesn’t take long for certain movies and performances to catch the public’s eye. Even though there are still a few months to go before next February’s ceremony and plenty of opportunities for upcoming projects to get noticed before the nominations are announced, there are always plenty of new names on the roster finding themselves with their first Oscar nod.

In the meantime, here’s a look back at some of the biggest names in the movie world who surprisingly never managed to pick up that elusive golden statuette.



She was an incredibly iconic figure in Hollywood for many years and when this blonde bombshell decided to head to the silver screen it was surprising to find just how talented she was as an actress. This perfect pin-up was able to turn her hand at many roles during her acting career even though she was often type-cast as the comedic dumb blonde, which she pulled off with aplomb. Although her performances were critically acclaimed she was never able to land an Oscar nod on the grand stage.



We all know that rubber-faced movie clown Jim Carrey can knock a comedy out of the park with his unique and incredible physical performances. However, once he had a heap of hilarious comedy hits under his belt he decided to try his hand at some more subtle and dramatic roles. We all know many comedians have that unique ability to switch genres and this was ever present in both his performances in Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon and Michel Gondry’s excellent sci-fi rom-com Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Even though he’s managed plenty of Golden Globe nods and wins, that special Oscar nomination has remained elusive.

You can try and pick your Oscar predictions at before next year’s ceremony and with so many great movies already being tipped for the shortlist it’s going to be very interesting to see who can come up with the goods this time around.



He’s an incredibly talented character actor and the Brooklyn born Steve Buscemi is one of the most recognizable faces on screen, mostly thanks to his iconic 90’s supporting roles. One of which was of course the part of Carl Showalter in the Coen Brothers’ deliciously dark crime comedy Fargo. Sadly however, even this stand out performance wasn’t enough to pique the interest of the Academy when the Oscars rolled around, despite the fact that his co-stars William H. Macy and Frances McDormand both picked up their own nominations.