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    8 Actors Who've Never Won An Oscar But Really, Truly Deserve One

    Give Amy Adams an Oscar, you cowards!

    There are plenty of actors who we consider legends or pop culture favorites who have yet to receive what's considered the most prestigious acting award out there: the Oscar. Sure, their performances have been celebrated and memorable, but there's nothing like adding some hardware to your trophy case.


    So, without further ado, here are eight actors you might be shocked to learn have never received an Academy Award:

    1. Will Smith

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    Will Smith has a filmography more than worthy of an Oscar. Though most love him for his role on the long-running TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he's also acted in his fair share of serious movie roles. (He made a big splash in The Pursuit of Happyness.) His other notable films include Concussion, Seven Pounds, Independence Day, Ali, and Aladdin. Many believe he's been snubbed countless times due to the Academy's diversity issues. It's time for Smith to be acknowledged for his talents!

    2. Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Jake Gyllenhaal has been in every type of film imaginable. Marvel action movies, intense dramas, romantic comedies; you name it, he's done it. All you have to do is watch him play a pharmaceutical rep in Love and Other Drugs, a creepy crime journalist in Nightcrawler, and a cowboy in love in Brokeback Mountain to know he has the range. His other well-known films include Nocturnal Animals, Donnie Darko, Brothers, and Zodiac.

    3. Saoirse Ronan

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    Saoirse Ronan has been acting in major motion pictures since she was a young girl. Many remember her from her early roles in Atonement and The Lovely Bones. However, she's recently been stealing our hearts in coming-of-age movies such as Lady Bird, Brooklyn, and Little Women. Though she's been nominated many times, she hasn't won yet. She's still in the early stages of her career, but hopefully everyone's favorite Irish sweetheart gets up on that stage to accept an award very soon.

    4. Bradley Cooper

    Bradley Cooper sits in a chair in front of a bookshelf as Pat in "Silver Linings Playbook"
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    Bradley Cooper is another actor with an incredible range. Many first became acquainted with him through his funny roles in movies like The Hangover, He's Just Not That Into You, and Wedding Crashers. However, many began to take him seriously when he perfected roles such as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, Pat in Silver Linings Playbook, and Jack in A Star Is Born. He also directed, acted in, and helped create the score for A Star Is Born, and many believed that film would finally land him an Oscar. We're rooting for you in the future, B Coops!

    5. Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson crosses her arms across her chest and furrows her brows as Nicole in "Marriage Story"

    Scarlett Johansson has come close to winning an Oscar quite a few times. Recently, she was nominated for her heartbreaking performance in Marriage Story and her role as Rosie in Jojo Rabbit. She's probably most well-known as Black Widow in The Avengers films and for her voice roles in Jungle Book and Her. Other famous ScarJo films include, Lost in Translation, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Match Point, and The Prestige.

    6. Samuel L. Jackson

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    Though Samuel L. Jackson is probably the last actor who would care about awards, it's still baffling that this legend has yet to secure the trophy. Known for action movies and Tarantino films, Jackson has been deemed a badass of the industry for decades. From his beloved role of Frozone in The Incredibles, to more serious roles such as Elijah Price in Unbreakable, Jackson has always had a presence that drew audiences in. His famous roles include Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, Major Marquis Warren in The Hateful Eight, Neville Flynn in Snakes on a Plane, and Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown.

    7. Amy Adams

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    This one STILL shocks me. Amy Adams has been nominated for six Oscars and still has yet to win. She's been nominated for her roles in American Hustle, Doubt, Vice, The Master, The Fighter, and Junebug. Though she's mainly been recognized for her more serious roles, she's captured the hearts of audiences everywhere in movies like Enchanted, Julie and Julia, and The Night at the Museum series. Amy has also starred in other critically-acclaimed films such as Nocturnal Animals, Her, and Arrival.

    8. And finally, Jessica Chastain

    Jessica Chastain stares blankly ahead as Molly in "Molly's Game"
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    Jessica Chastain has been nominated for two Oscars; once for her outstanding performance in The Help and again the very next year for Zero Dark Thirty. She's best known for these roles as well as her part in the X-Men series. Her other famous credits include Molly's Game, It Chapter Two, The Martian, and Interstellar.

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    Did any of these surprise you? Is there anyone else you think deserves an Oscar? Let us know in the comments below!