What do Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco, Hugh Jackman, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Wahlberg, Jude Law, Matt Dillon, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Will Smith, Keanu Reeves, Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Daniel Craig, Clive Owen, Christopher Reeve, Christian Bale, James Dean, Errol Flynn, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Ryan O'Neal, Steve McQueen, Tyrone Power, Alan Ladd, Cary Grant, Hugh Grant, Montgomery Clift, Jeff Chandler, Jeffrey Hunter, Tab Hunter, Rock Hudson, John Derek, Robert Taylor, Robert Wagner, Robert Mitchum, Dirk Bogarde, Joel McCrea, Leslie Howard, Alain Delon, Antonio Banderas, Richard Burton, Warren Beatty, Peter O'Toole, Jude Law, Ryan Gosling, Ethan Hawke, Ryan Reynolds and Marcello Mastroianni have in common? They're all what many people would consider handsome actors. And not one of them has won an Oscar as best actor. Obviously, the above list doesn't include every handsome actor whoever appeared on screen, and you might not think all of the above actors are handsome. Still, it's a pretty good sampling of attractive thespians over the years based on a sampling of opinions found on the Web and compiled in this newsroom. I did leave out a fair amount of pretty boys whose film careers are sketchy at best. Note that a few of the above actors have received Oscars as supporting actors, screenwriters or directors but not the big enchilada. So, this begs the question: Do the Oscar folks have it in for hunks? Are we talking dreamy-looks discrimination here? Let's take a look at the facts. The actors who have won the Academy Award for Best Actor are... 1920s: Emil Jannings and Warner Baxter 1930s: George Arliss, Lionel Barrymore, Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Victor McLaglen, Paul Muni, Spencer Tracy and Robert Donat 1940s: James Stewart, Gary Cooper, James Cagney, Paul Lukas, Bing Crosby, Ray Milland, March, Ronald Colman, Laurence Olivier and Broderick Crawford 1950s: Jose Ferrer, Humphrey Bogart, Cooper, William Holden, Marlon Brando, Ernest Borgnine, Yul Brynner, Alec Guinness, David Niven and Charlton Heston 1960s: Burt Lancaster, Maximillian Schell, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Rex Harrison, Lee Marvin, Paul Scofield, Rod Steiger, Cliff Robertson and John Wayne 1970s: George C. Scott, Gene Hackman, Brando, Jack Lemmon, Art Carney, Jack Nicholson, Peter Finch, Richard Dreyfuss, Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman 1980s: Robert De Niro, Henry Fonda, Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, F. Murray Abraham, William Hurt, Paul Newman, Michael Douglas, Hoffman and Daniel Day-Lewis 1990s: Jeremy Irons, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Geoffrey Rush, Nicholson, Roberto Benigni and Kevin Spacey 2000s: Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Jamie Foxx, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Forest Whitaker, Day-Lewis and Jeff Bridges 2010: Colin Firth Actors who have won the top award twice include Tracy, March, Cooper, Brando, Hoffman, Hanks, Nicholson, Day-Lewis and Penn. March and Beery tied in 1932. Of all those winners, how many would you nominate for pinup duty? Now, I don't want to disparage the visages of some of these actors, but even they would likely agree that the Fairness Fairy passed them over at birth. Of all those winners, actors whom this writer would give first-ballot votes into the Handsome Hall of Fame include Cooper, Holden, Brando (for "On the Waterfront in 1954, not "The Godfather" in 1972), Heston, Peck, Poitier, Crowe and Washington. Eight out of 75. That's around 10 percent. Actors whom staff members chose include Stewart, Lancaster, Schell, Robertson and Firth. Actors who got votes for not being classically handsome but possessing an "aura of attraction" include Gable, Tracy and Bogart. Also note that these votes are based on when the actors won their awards. Wayne, Fonda, Newman and Bridges, while all good-looking in their youth, were past their hunk prime when they took home their Oscars. That said, Newman still looked pretty good at 61 when he garnered his Oscar in 1986 for "The Color of Money." Ditto for Bridges, who was 60 when he won for "Crazy Heart" in 2009. Hanks and Day-Lewis, meanwhile, weren't done any favors in the looks department by the characters they played in their Oscar-winning roles. Hanks portrays a lawyer dying of AIDS in "Philadelphia" and a simpleton in "Forrest Gump." Day-Lewis plays a man with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" and a mustachioed villain in "There Will Be Blood." Snidely Whiplash would have been envious. I expect there may be votes for Baxter, Brynner and Olivier. Actually, I expect readers to take me to task for many of my assessments. This isn't exactly a scientific poll. In case you're curious, the inverse works for thespians of the female persuasion. The great majority of actresses who have won Oscar's top prize could be characterized as attractive with many falling in the category of ridiculously beautiful such as Grace Kelly and Halle Berry. We should point out that some actresses "uglied" themselves up for their Oscar-winning roles, such as Charlize Theron in "Monster" and Nicole Kidman in "The Hours." While Elizabeth Taylor was her sultry self in "BUtterfield 8" in 1960, she packed on some extra pounds for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1966. While I am making a case that the Oscar folks have neglected good-looking actors over the years, I don't believe it's intentional. In fact, I'll be quite surprised if at least five present-day actors on the "winless" list don't earn an Oscar before their looks go south. Which five? Well, that could be the subject of another column. Screen teen It's now time for TRIVIA. Last month's tester: What famous actor appeared in an uncredited role in a 1970s movie where the lead actor died five years after making his screen debut? Clue: The famous actor was nominated for an Oscar in the 1980s. It's his only nomination so far. Name the famous actor, the movie and the lead actor who died. Answer: Harrison Ford appeared in an uncredited role in "Zabriskie Point" in 1970. The lead actor, Mark Frechette, died in 1975 in prison. Ford was nominated for best actor in 1985 for "Witness." L.H. of Milford was the first reader to answer the question correctly. Norma Shulman of Framingham also answered the question correctly. Congratulations! This month's tester: What teenager had a supporting role in movies with Danny Glover, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda and Tara Reid? Clue: The thespian doesn't speak English. The first reader to answer the trivia question correctly will receive an Automatics Console Organizer. Trivia enthusiasts can call me at 508-626-4409 or email me at . Make sure you leave your name, address and number on my message machine or e-mail so I can contact you if you answered the question correctly. The address is needed so winners can be mailed their prize. Callers should spell out their names slowly and clearly so their names will be spelled correctly in the column. Only one guess per household, please. Answers will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Good luck!