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The 20 Biggest Losers in Golden Globes History

Twenty actors and actresses have been nominated at least five times without winning

When the Golden Globes are doled out on Sunday evening, Lily Tomlin will have two opportunities to exit an inglorious group of actors and actresses: Those who have received at least five nominations since 1970 and never won.

Tomlin, who’s up for her performances in the movie Grandma and the series Grace and Frankie, is currently one of 20 perennial also-rans, which include luminaries like Ralph Fiennes and Frances McDormand. The following chart lists the 141 actors, composers and directors who have received at least five nominations since 1970.

Actresses Debra Messing and Susan Sarandon lead the no-win club with eight nominations each. (Neither are nominated this year.) Meanwhile, Claire Danes, who has been nominated five times, has only lost once–an unbeatable batting average of .800 for anyone with a longer career. (Her one loss, for her 2015 Homeland performance, was to Ruth Wilson for The Affair.) It is also relatively rare for an actor to win a Golden Globe for both television and film over the course of a career, even as the two mediums increasing compete for top talent. Of Meryl Streep’s eight Golden Globes–a record for raw number of wins–her only television nod came for Angels in America, a feature-length film produced for television. Helen Hunt won three times for the NBC sitcom Mad About You as well as for As Good As It Gets. But examples of crossing media are not numerous, even though many actors have been nominated for both television and film many times each.


Only actors who have been nominated five or more times beginning in 1970 were considered. (Thus, anyone who was nominated prior to 1970 is not included, even if he or she has been nominated five times since then.) Actors, directors and composers must also have had at least once nomination since 2000 to make the chart.

Source: Internet Movie Database


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