Oscar’s Longest Losing Streaks: 12 People With 10-Plus Nominations and No Wins (Photos)


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Cinematographer Roger Deakins finally snapped his long losing streak at the Academy Awards in 2018, winning his first prize on his 14th nomination for “Blade Runner 2049.” But other frequent nominees have not been so fortunate…

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Greg P. Russell (16 nominations) 
Veteran sound mixer Greg P. Russell earned his first nomination for 1989’s “Black Rain.” He almost earned a 17th nomination, for 2016’s “13 Hours,” but his nomination was rescinded after he “violated Academy campaign regulations that prohibit telephone lobbying.”

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Roland Anderson (15) 
The longtime art director picked up his first nomination for “A Farewell to Arms” in 1934 — and then lost for such classics as 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and 1963’s “Come Blow Your Horn.”

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Alex North (15) 
Composer Alex North was recognized with an honorary Oscar in 1986 — but he never won despite scoring such classics as “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cleopatra” and “Spartacus.”

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Thomas Newman (15)  
The composer earned two nominations in 1995, for “Little Women” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” He earned his 15th nod in 2020 for Sam Mendes’ “1917.”

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Loren L. Ryder (14) 
Veteran sound engineer Loren L. Ryder picked up nominations for his sound work on classics like “Double Indemnity,” “The War of the Worlds” and “Rear Window” — but never won a competitive Oscar. However, he did win eight non-competitive honors from the Academy, including honorary prizes and technical achievement awards.

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George J. Folsey (13) 
The cinematographer earned an unlucky 13 nominations for such movies as 1944’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” and 1954’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” — but came up short each time.

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Federico Fellini (12) 
The beloved Italian director received an honorary Oscar in 1993 but was passed over a dozen times for both his direction and screenplays.

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Rick Kline (11) 
The veteran sound mixer earned 11 nominations for such hits as “Terms of Endearment,” “Top Gun” and “Air Force One.”

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Diane Warren (11) 
The songwriter earned her 11th nomination in 2020 for “I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough” — one year after getting a nom for “I’ll Fight” from the documentary “RBG.” But so far, she has yet to take home the prize.

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Anna Behlmer (10) 
Behlmer is a 10-time nominee for sound mixing such films as “Braveheart,” “L.A. Confidential” and 2009’s “Star Trek.”

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Walter Lantz (10) 
The veteran animator was best known for Woody Woodpecker but he was forever the bridesmaid at the Oscars — until collecting an honorary award in 1979.

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Walter Scharf (10) 
The composer earned 10 nominations over the years for films like “Funny Girl” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” but never took home an Oscar.