On the eve of Hilary Swank receiving her 2nd Oscar, I've been thinking about the great number of actors and actresses that have never even received one. I began to think about them in a few different groups:
1) Actors that are still getting hired for jobs, have created stunning characters in the past, and will definitely win an Oscar one day:
Peter Sarsgaard, John Cusack, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Kate Winslet (already 4 nominations!), Johnny Depp, Naomi Watts, Jude Law, Ed Norton, Joan Allen, Ralph Fiennes, Laurence Fishburne, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire.
2) Actors that definitely did deserve an Oscar at one time, but it's getting harder to get jobs, so they will either die without an Oscar, get one of those honorary awards, or receive a charity award a la Paul Newman or Al Pacino for roles that didn't really deserve it. For example, Morgan Freeman will win one of those tomorrow night:
Annette Bening, Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Bridges, Ian McKellen, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise (before he went to TV), Liam Neeson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford (maybe), Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray.
3) Actors that probably deserve it, but just aren't the Academy's cup of tea most of the time, and will probably never get one:
Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Judy Davis, Catherine Keener, Chloe Sevigny, Emily Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern (why are these all women?).
It's your turn. I want to know who you think hasn't won an Oscar yet, deserves one, and what category you think they fit in. Do you disagree with how I've grouped people so far?
And finally, what category would you put Tom Cruise in? Does he deserve one at all? I actually think so (look back at his full body of work), but I'm not sure how I'd categorize him...