The Worst Oscar Snubs In Historyby explorer801 | created - 09 Apr 2012 | updated - 24 Apr 2012 | Public
A list of people, movies, etc. that SHOULD have been nominated for Oscars.
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1. Mask (1985)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Votes: 22,330 | Gross: $48.23M
CHER won her Oscar 2 years later for "Moonstruck", but gave one of her finest performances as Rusty Dennis in "Mask". She won at Cannes, nominated for a Golden Globe, but somehow Oscar cut her out! For shame!
2. The House of Mirth (2000)
PG | 135 min | Romance, Drama
A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.
Votes: 6,661 | Gross: $3.04M
Gillian Anderson gave one of the best performances of the year in this film, yet Oscar overlooked her.
3. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 480,103 | Gross: $32.00M
Can you imagine that Anthony Perkins did not get a nomination for "Psycho"? I say THAT'S psycho!
4. The Hours (2002)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance
The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.
Votes: 109,979 | Gross: $41.68M
Nicole Kidman won the Oscar for this movie (and deservedly so), but Meryl Streep's fine performance should have been recognized alongside Kidman's.
5. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.
Votes: 86,727 | Gross: $4.18M
Bjork, yes, Bjork, gave THE performance of the year in this film & got no recognition except at Cannes. See it if you ever have the chance!
6. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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.
Votes: 285,208 | Gross: $3.20M
Can you believe that Alfred Hitchcock never won Best Director in his career? THIS is the movie he should have won for, yet he was not even nominated!
7. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 697,126 | Gross: $44.02M
Over-the-top? Sure. But Jack Nicholson's performance about a man going gradually mad NEEDED to be that! An Oscar nomination seemed likely, alas, no. On the same subject, "The Shining" was one of Stanley Kubrick's artistic masterpieces. Still no nomination for Best Director.
8. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 750,887 | Gross: $2.83M
Best Picture nominee? Should have been.
9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.
Votes: 824,308 | Gross: $70.10M
Uma Thurman's tough-as-nails, yet vulnerable performance deserved a nomination for Best Actress. Head over heels better than Rooney Mara in "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", who received a nomination in 2012.
10. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.
Votes: 194,135 | Gross: $77.32M
Tom Hanks stole the show in this movie, but Denzel Washington deserved a Best Supporting nomination for his tough portrayal of a homophobic lawyer who learns a thing or two from his client.
11. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 323,262 | Gross: $22.20M
Come on guys! Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West is an icon to say the least. The lack of a Best Supporting nomination is even more wicked than she!
12. Billy Elliot (2000)
R | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
Votes: 105,986 | Gross: $22.00M
No Best Picture nomination. One of my all-time favorite movies. And Oscar loves rewarding younger actors. Where was Jamie Bell's nomination for Best Actor? He was amazing!
13. Almost Famous (2000)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.
Votes: 222,936 | Gross: $32.53M
Cameron Crowe's crowning achievement deserved a Best Director & Best Picture nomination!
14. Ghost (1990)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Votes: 167,132 | Gross: $217.63M
Won Whoopi Goldberg her Oscar. Even nominated for Best Picture! But to me this is Demi Moore's best performance in her career. She oozed sorrow, frustration, hope, grief, and ultimately belief perfectly. She deserved a Best Actress nomination.
15. Blue Valentine (2010)
R | 112 min | Drama, Romance
The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
Votes: 157,860 | Gross: $9.74M
Michelle Williams got nominated for this while her counterpart, Ryan Gosling was snubbed. Should have been the other way around given the option.
16. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
Votes: 111,260 | Gross: $1.74M
Both Tilda Swinton & newcomer Ezra Miller (as her son) deserved nominations for this. It's powerful stuff!
17. Atonement (2007)
R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Votes: 211,484 | Gross: $50.93M
Keira Knightley absolutely stole this movie but not an Oscar nomination.
18. Love Actually (2003)
R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Votes: 356,579 | Gross: $59.70M
I'd have given this a Best Picture nomination, but at the very least, Emma Thompson was robbed a nomination for her powerhouse supporting performance of a wife betrayed.
19. House of Sand and Fog (2003)
R | 126 min | Drama
An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.
Votes: 59,434 | Gross: $13.01M
OUTSTANDING movie in every way, but Jennifer Connelly should have been nominated for her portrayal of a desperate woman bent on saving her life at any cost. At least she won 2 years previous for "A Beautiful Mind".
20. Revolutionary Road (2008)
R | 119 min | Drama, Romance
A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.
Votes: 164,972 | Gross: $22.91M
Oscar got it ALL WRONG in 2008! Kate Winslet won Best Leading Actress for "The Reader" (which was actually a supporting role if you observe). She deserved to win for "Revolutionary Road", and while we're at it Leonardo DiCaprio deserved a nomination, at the very least, as well.
21. The Truman Show (1998)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Votes: 758,149 | Gross: $125.62M
I am typically not a Jim Carrey fan. His career choices are normally poor & are below his talent. I do, however, feel he was robbed a Best Actor nomination for "Truman Show". It was a pitch-perfect performance, well-tamed & refined.
22. The Muppets (2011)
PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A Muppet fanatic with some help from his two human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures.
Votes: 79,237 | Gross: $88.63M
According to rottentomatoes.com, "The Muppets" was the best-reviewed film of 2011. So why did it fail to earn a Best Picture nomination? Really. Why??
23. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.
Votes: 239,995 | Gross: $57.39M
Ewan McGregor deserved a nomination for this! He sings wonderfully, he exudes love, and cries like a pro. His best performance to date.
24. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.
Votes: 56,917 | Gross: $82.42M
Best Picture anyone? Kathy Bates should have been nominated for Best Actress as well!
25. Steel Magnolias (1989)
PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.
Votes: 37,939 | Gross: $83.76M
A sublime cast (Julia Roberts 1st nomination), yet Sally Field was snubbed for her performance as a loving, hoping, grieving mother. The cemetery scene towards the end alone should have done it for her!
26. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
R | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
Mia Farrow should have WON Best actress for "Rosemary's Baby". She wasn't even nominated.
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama
Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.
Votes: 23,342 | Gross: $36.47M
A cute little movie with lots going for it. John Leguizamo should have been nominated for Supporting Actor. Oscar is not opposed to nominating drag ("Tootsie", "The Crying Game", "Some Like It Hot"). Leguizamo was perfect as a little drag queen in this.
28. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 877,568 | Gross: $0.69M
It won EVERY award that year, yet somehow they didn't even nominate Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor. I have a "sinking" feeling that was a mistake (haha).
29. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 273,518 | Gross: $22.86M
Possibly the most bizarre, brilliant film in years, John Malkovich should have been nominated for Supporting Actor for portraying himself.
30. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 780,470 | Gross: $293.51M
They nailed it by nominating Toni Collette & Haley Joel Osment, but Bruce Willis gave his most subdued, challenging performance ever in this. He should have been nominated.
31. Ed Wood (1994)
R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Ambitious but troubled movie director, Edward D. Wood Jr, tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support.
Votes: 150,988 | Gross: $5.89M
To me "Ed Wood" should have been nominated for Best Picture among other awards. But by not nominating Johnny Depp for Best Actor was a crime! It was his movie (though Martin Landau WON Supporting Actor for his flawless portrayal of Bela Lugosi).
32. Sideways (2004)
R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 160,780 | Gross: $71.50M
Paul Giamatti? Best Actor???
33. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Votes: 295,339 | Gross: $96.52M
One of the best screenplays ever written was somehow overlooked by the Oscars.
34. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 948,350 | Gross: $25.54M
Should have been nominated for Best Picture and Director (Christopher Nolan).
35. The Color Purple (1985)
PG-13 | 154 min | Drama
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
Votes: 66,517 | Gross: $98.47M
Received TEN nominations that year, yet Steven Spielberg was forgotten for Best Director. I guess it directed itself???
R | 123 min | Drama, Horror
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
Votes: 258,483 | Gross: $105.26M
Best Supporting Actress for Kirsten Dunst should have been a given.
37. Burlesque (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.
Votes: 66,593 | Gross: $39.44M
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me", a song powerfully performed by Cher won the Golden Globe that year. HOW could it not have been nominated for an Oscar? It's the best part of "Burlesque" and successful enough to be released as a single on an upcoming Cher album.
38. Shame (2011)
NC-17 | 101 min | Drama
A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.
Votes: 161,234 | Gross: $4.00M
Michael Fassbender literally bared it all, heart, soul, and flesh. It was a powerhouse performance that should have received a Best Actor nomination. It was a shoo-in. What happened here?
39. King Kong (1933)
Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Votes: 69,674 | Gross: $10.00M
As far as groundbreaking cinema goes, "King Kong" takes the prize. How did it manage to not get a Best Picture nomination in 1933??
40. Little Women (1994)
PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.
Votes: 40,209 | Gross: $50.08M
Perfect ensemble & adaptation of the classic book. It earned Winona Rider a Best Actress nomination, and she deserved it. Yet Susan Sarandon's Marmee was the glue that held the group together. She played Marmee with such grace, poise, and wisdom, where was her Supporting Actress nomination?
41. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama
A partially idealized and fictionalized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people.
Votes: 76,932 | Gross: $20.19M
Brilliant movie, Woody Harrelson was nominated for Best Actor. Perhaps she was playing a version of herself. Maybe it wasn't a far stretch, but Courtney Love deserved a nomination for her fine performance as Althea Flynt. She really nailed it.