Academy Awards: The richest nominees to never win an Oscar

The 89th Academy Awards kick off Feb. 26, 2017, and celebrate nearly 90 years of safe bets, monumental upsets and unlikely underdogs. For some celebrities, it marks another awards season without an Oscar to show for strong performances in the box office.

But missing out on the famed Oscar statuette doesn't just mean these celebrities are going home empty-handed. It could mean they're missing out on potential pay increases for future films. Here's a look at 20 of the richest Academy Awards nominees who have never won an Oscar, but are still making it rain.

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The richest nominees to never win an Oscar

Jessica Chastain

Net worth: $12 million

Jessica Chastain has been acting consistently since her work on TV shows like "ER," but she's been on the cusp of superstar status for a while now. In 2011 and 2012, she had consecutive brushes at the Oscars. Her roles as Celia Foote in "The Help" and Maya in "Zero Dark Thirty" showcased her impressive range across tear-jerking dramas and hard-edged war flicks, but they didn't manage to make her an Oscar winner.

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Gary Oldman

Net worth: $40 million

From punks to wizards and little people, Gary Oldman disappears into just about every role that comes his way. Paste magazine called his lack of Academy recognition for his breakout role in 1986's "Sid and Nancy" one of the biggest snubs of all time, but that was just the beginning.

Oldman has only a single Oscar nod to his name, for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Though he didn't win, Oldman has at least received major props for his part in the Harry Potter film franchise.

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Annette Bening

Net worth: $48 million

Annette Bening doesn't lack Oscar nominations or Academy Awards snubs. In fact, she's got four of each -- one for "The Grifters," "American Beauty," "Being Julia" and "The Kids Are All Right."

The 58-year-old actress clearly doesn't lack critical acclaim, despite her lack of luck at the Oscars. Though she hasn't had any acceptance speeches cut short yet, she's one-half of a classic Hollywood power couple. Combined with her actor-producer-director husband, Warren Beatty, the Bening household is valued at a combined $118 million.

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Glenn Close

Net worth: $50 million

Glenn Close has seen a handful of Oscar nominations. Between 1982 and 1988, she received five nominations, and picked up another in 2011. She picked up nods for films like "The World According to Garp," "Fatal Attraction" and "Dangerous Liaisons." Despite her status as a six-time Academy Award nominee, Close has yet to be called up to the stage.

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Sigourney Weaver

Net worth: $50 million

Statuesque actress Sigourney Weaver makes up for her lack of Academy gold with a whole lot of success. Despite nabbing awards from the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, Sigourney has an interesting history as an Oscar nominee.

Her nomination for an intense leading performance in "Aliens" was monumental for genre pictures. Though today's Oscars are littered with nods for films like "Lord of the Rings" and "Mad Max," a sci-fi actress in a major category was virtually unheard of in 1986.

Even stranger, she garnered a double nomination in 1988 for a leading performance in "Gorillas in the Mist" and a supporting role in "Working Girl." Sigourney might've gone home with nothing but a swag bag, but we'll always have Ripley.

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Peter O’Toole

Net worth: $50 million

When Peter O'Toole died in 2013, he left behind an incredible film career stretching back to the '50s. You might feel safe betting on O'Toole taking home the gold for his role as T.E. Lawrence in the all-time classic "Lawrence of Arabia" -- but you'd be wrong. In fact, from 1962 to 1982, he received seven Oscar nominations and lost every time.

In 2002, he finally netted an honorary Oscar to recognize his contributions to cinema history. Then, in 2006, he was nominated for an eighth time for his role in "Venus." He lost once again because the Academy works in mysterious ways.

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Amy Adams

Net worth: $50 million

Amy Adams isn't just great at playing down-to-earth characters, she's great at getting Oscar nominations. Since 2005, she's been nominated a whopping five times for both leading and supporting roles.

Unfortunately, she's hasn't yet managed a win. Her position as a dependable powerhouse actress, though, has landed her roles in blockbusters like "American Hustle," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and, more recently, "Arrival."

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Richard Burton

Net worth: $50 million

Legendary stage and film actor Richard Burton had a whole streak of Oscar nominations -- seven in total -- starting with 1952's "My Cousin Rachel" and continuing onto 1977's "Equus." He didn't have a streak of wins, though. Or any for that matter.

Burton's unfortunate nominations-to-wins ratio didn't affect his celebrity, acclaim or legacy, though. And it didn't affect his bank account either. Though he passed away in 1984, Burton is worth millions today.

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Michelle Pfeiffer

Net worth: $80 million

Michelle Pfeiffer set the acting world on fire in the '80s and early '90s, with Oscar nominations in "Dangerous Liaisons," "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and "Love Field" -- not to mention her cult favorite take on Catwoman in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns," a box office blockbuster the year it came out.

None of Pfeiffer's nominations turned into wins, however, and the Academy wasn't much into cat ears, latex and whips, either. As it stands, Pfeiffer has plenty of acclaim and respect, but no gold. Still, she drops some impressive performances from time to time, like in 2002's "White Oleander," 2007's "Stardust" and 2012's "People Like Us."

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Liam Neeson

Net worth: $85 million

Liam Neeson's early career leaned toward drama, and a role in "Schindler's List" netted him his singular Academy Award nomination in 1993. It also netted him his first Academy Award snub, but that hasn't slowed him down in the box office. Today, Neeson lends his trademark gravitas to blockbusters like "Taken," which netted $226.8 million worldwide.

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Bradley Cooper

Net worth: $100 million

It doesn't get much more A-list than Bradley Cooper. Whether he's playing a sniper, a cop or a CGI space raccoon, Cooper is cranking out hits.

Unfortunately, the "A" in A-list doesn't seem to stand for Academy love. Cooper saw a nomination each year in 2012, 2013 and 2014 -- for "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Hustle" and "American Sniper" -- but ended up with nothing to show at the afterparty.

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John Travolta

Net worth: $170 million

John Travolta hit the scene hard as an Academy Award nominee in 1977 with "Saturday Night Fever," but didn't see another nomination until Quentin Tarantino's revolutionary "Pulp Fiction" in the '90s. But Travolta has certainly learned that you don't need the Academy to get by -- just a whole lot of money.

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Alfred Hitchcock

Net worth: $200 million

"Spellbound," "Rear Window," "Psycho" -- these aren't just Alfred Hitchcock movies, they're films that never won the Master of Suspense a single Academy Award. Neither did the rest of his tenure as one of history's most influential directors, though he earned an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in '68. 

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Ridley Scott

Net worth: $200 million

Remember the gut-wrenching sci-fi flick "Alien"? What about the immaculate production design and mind-bending narrative of "Blade Runner"? Of course you do, because he directed the recent sci-fi smash "The Martian." Unfortunately, the Academy didn't take much notice.

Famed director Ridley Scott didn't get any Oscar nominations for his seminal early work. It wasn't until 1991's "Thelma & Louise" that he became an Academy Award nominee. He became a director nominee again for 2000's "Gladiator" and 2001's "Black Hawk Down," but has yet to bring home the gold.

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Mark Wahlberg

Net worth: $225 million

Nominations for "The Departed" and "The Fighter" showed off Mark Wahlberg's soft-spoken style, and his fame has ballooned with blockbuster hits like the Transformers film series. Yet, despite two Oscar nominations and more hits than you can count, Wahlberg remains statue-less. At least he still has his family's chain of burger joints.

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Harrison Ford

Net worth: $230 million

Harrison Ford might be iconic, but his career doesn't really scream Oscar bait. At the end of the day, Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan are more winners in the box office than among critics.

Even still, it's hard to believe that Ford's position as one of the most successful actors on the planet has only ever earned him one night as an Academy Award nominee. In 1985, he was recognized for his performance as John Book in the Peter Weir-directed drama "Witness." Despite never winning an Oscar, Ford remains one of the richest actors in the Star Wars universe.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actor Harrison Ford speaks onstage during Ambassadors for Humanity Gala Benefiting USC Shoah Foundation at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on December 8, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

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Robert Downey, Jr.

Net worth: $240 million

It's easy to relegate Robert Downey, Jr. to his leading role as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney's influential brand of interconnected, serialized blockbusters is surely a substantial contributor to the star's massive net worth. But, there was a time when he was known more for Oscar-nominated roles in 1992's "Chaplin" and the 2008 action-comedy "Tropic Thunder."

Neither nomination worked out for RDJ, but at least playing Iron Man has kept him busy -- and earned him millions.

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Will Smith

Net worth: $260 million

Some actors fly under the radar. Others, like Will Smith, make ridiculous amounts of money. Smith has earned hundreds of millions of dollars since he dropped albums in the late '90s.

Though Smith is best-known for roles in blockbusters like "Men in Black," "Independence Day" and "I Am Legend," it's his more modest hits that have garnered him Oscar recognition. He snagged nominations for "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness" in 2001 and 2006, respectively. 

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Johnny Depp

Net worth: $400 million

Though Johnny Depp secured his place as an indie darling with quirky cult hits like "Cry-Baby," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Benny & Joon," his career skyrocketed with Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

And it was none other than Jack Sparrow that got Depp his first, rather unexpected nod from the Academy. It also got him his first Oscar snub. Since then, he's been nominated for 2004's "Finding Neverland" and 2007's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" -- and lost both.

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Tom Cruise

Net worth: $550 million

OK, you know Tom Cruise is worth a whole lot of money. What you don't know is the action star has never picked up an Oscar, though he got nods for "Born on the Fourth of July," "Jerry Maguire" and "Magnolia."

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