Seriously. Ben Foster.
Emily Blunt has proven her range, playing icy receptionists, betrayed alcoholics, and badass war heroes. She has garnered Golden Globe nominations as well as other acting awards, but the Academy has, to date, shut her out.
Edgerton first gained the world's recognition for his excellent performance in Animal Kingdom, and went on to great acclaim in Warrior. His film The Gift, which he directed and starred in, was a powerhouse. To date, the Academy seems to have shut him out.
Given the length and breadth of his career, it's kind of surprising to realize that John Cusack - a man capable of playing dark killers as well as warm sweethearts - has never been acknowledged by The Academy. Although I suspect Cusack cares more about performing than accolades.
Kate Beckinsale has had an odd career that encompasses a long string of machine gun-wielding badasses as well as classical theater. In films like Snow Angels, The Last Days of Disco, and 2016's Love & Friendship, she has proven, time and again, that she is endlessly talented. The Academy doesn't seem to have noticed yet.
Many still dismiss Stewart as "that girl from Twilight," and she still carries around a bad reputation as an actress with limited range. Hollywood, however, loves an ingenue, and with films like Still Alice and The Clouds of Sils Maria, Stewart has clearly grown as a performer. An Oscar nomination would prove that to the world.
The soulful and affable star of Fruitvale Station and Creed is poised to be a worldwide blockbuster star, as well as one of the more enthused performers of his generation. I imagine he will have his nomination soon enough. Let's hope the shutout doesn't continue.
Hall was acclaimed in Woody Allen's Vicky Christina Barcelona, but not as acclaimed as her just-as-good co-stars. Her performance in 2016's Christine has been hailed by critics as the best performance of the year. We can only postulate as to why she hasn't been recognized by the Academy yet.
It's pretty notoriously known that Richard Gere, one of Hollywood's biggest stars, has never been nominated for an Oscar despite excellent turns in films like An Officer and a Gentleman, Unfaithful, The Hoax and Time out of Mind. Worry not. He'll likely get a Lifetime Achievement Award in about 15 years.
The "funny lookin' fella" from Fargo is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, turning in great performance after great performance, usually playing sad sacks or criminals. He's directed a few excellent films (including Trees Lounge) and currently garners acclaim on television. The Oscars, however, don't ever seem to see him.