Biggest Oscar Snubs

Movies, directors and actors that really deserved an Oscar but got snubbed.
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1.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Starting of this list with the most famous snub-feast. Orson Welles and everything, what a historical blunder by the Academy members. ” - Toool
 
2.
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ On the Waterfront and Marlon Brando won, so what can I say. I still think Rear Window is a better movie, its pure movie magic. ” - Toool
 
3.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ One of the best movies ever made and it didn't even get nominated. But back then I dont think the members even got to see it, so its understandable. ” - Toool
 
4.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Same problem as with The Seventh Seal I think. ” - Toool
 
5.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ Snub-orama all the way for almost everyone involved in this movie. Alfred Hitchcock snubbed for best director and James Stewart snubbed for best actor. ” - Toool
 
6.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ No wins at all for this masterpiece, why? ” - Toool
 
7.
Persona (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Not even nominated, hellooo... ” - Toool
 
8.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ This year was a joke. Oliver won, who remembers that silly movie. Also Stanley Kubrick big time snub on best director. ” - Toool
 
9.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Snub again for Kubrick. Also snub for Malcolm McDowell as best actor. ” - Toool
 
10.
Solaris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
“ Another snub for the master Andrey Tarkovskiy, but what can you do... ” - Toool
 
11.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Why cant a horror movie win best picture? The Sting won and that was silly at best. ” - Toool
 
12.
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a twelve-year-old prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ This was a good year so maybe its not a big snub, Rocky won and it was very good too. But Robert De Niro should have won best actor. ” - Toool
 
13.
The American Friend (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man. (125 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ Best Foreign Language Film ever, did it get an Oscar? No! ” - Toool
 
14.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Sure it won 6 Oscars, but not best picture and best director. Annie Hall won and that was good but not an epic masterpiece like Star Wars. ” - Toool
 
15.
Autumn Sonata (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist. (99 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ This wasn't even nominated for best Foreign Language Film, I mean come oooon... ” - Toool
 
16.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (147 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ Snub for best picture and Francis Ford Coppola for best director. But this was a really good year. Fivefecta awards from me with Alien, Being there, Stalker and Manhattan. Kramer vs Kramer won and its good but not better than my favorites. ” - Toool
 
17.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Horror-movie snub again, but this year I cant pick a winner so the Academy members are excused. ” - Toool
 
18.
Being There (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ Super snub for Peter Sellers best actor. ” - Toool
 
19.
Stalker (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (162 mins.)
“ Well I guess nobody in America seen this so maybe its not so strange that it didn't get any nominations. Its on my top 10 best movies ever. ” - Toool
 
20.
Manhattan (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Man what a good year in movies, this is my favorite Woddy Allen movie. ” - Toool
 
21.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ This is a bigger snub than Taxi Driver, but here De Niro won best actor so that makes me feel a little better. ” - Toool
 
22.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ Gandhi won and is was good, but E.T. was better. Also Steven Spielberg should have won best director in a dual award with Ridley Scott for Bladerunner. ” - Toool
 
23.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Why was sci-fi best in the 80ties? This one is even better than E.T. and got no wins at all, not even Visual Effects. ” - Toool
 
24.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Another super year in movies. Driving miss Daisy won but its not even in my top 5 this year. ” - Toool
 
25.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything. (100 mins.)
“ Steven Soderbergh should have won at least Best Screenplay. This is his best movie. ” - Toool
 
26.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Super duper snub for Martin Landau... ” - Toool
 
27.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ The stupid Forrest Gump won, only Americans can love a stupid movie like that. Also snub for Quentin Tarantino as best director. ” - Toool
 
28.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ He he this movie is nr 1 on IMDB and it won zero Oscars. Something is wrong... ” - Toool
 
29.
Before Sunrise (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (101 mins.)
“ This gem got no nominations, what a crime. Stupid, drunken over-actor Mel Gibson and Braveheart won. ” - Toool
 
30.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Was up for nomination 2001 but no cigar... Also Christopher Nolan snubbed for best director. ” - Toool
 
31.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ Boring A Beautiful Mind won, it has nothing on the magical Donnie Darko, nothing... ” - Toool
 
32.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ Should have won Best Foreign Language Film. ” - Toool
 
33.
Lost in Translation (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (102 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ The Lord of the Rings won, the whole series was overrated and only so so. Read the books instead. And of course Bill Murray got super snubbed by Mr supreme over-actor himself Sean Penn. ” - Toool
 
34.
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Million Dollar Baby won, he he stupidity wins again. What a silly movie. And Paul Giamatti wasn't even nominated, brain-check on the academy members please... And also Virginia Madsen should have won in a trifecta with Kate Winslet and Julie Delpy. ” - Toool
 
35.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ Didn't even get a nomination for best picture. But it was a good year so trifecta again for best picture with Sideways and Before Sunset. Also I want to marry Clementine Kruczynski. ” - Toool
 
36.
Before Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
“ This really was the best year in movies for me, its maybe a cop-out to not pick a winner this year. But I love these three movies sooo much... ” - Toool
 
37.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ I'm Swedish so maybe I'm biased but this movie blew me away. And also no nominations at all. Slumdog Millionaire won and it was ok, but not in the same ballpark. But the right year it should have up for nomination was 2009 and then for foreign language, in that category Secret in their eyes won and that was really good so I dont know. ” - Toool