The Worst Oscar Snubs In History

A list of people, movies, etc. that SHOULD have been nominated for Oscars.
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1.
Mask (1985)
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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. (120 mins.)
“ 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! ” - explorer801
 
2.
The House of Mirth (2000)
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A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved. (135 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
“ Gillian Anderson gave one of the best performances of the year in this film, yet Oscar overlooked her. ” - explorer801
 
3.
Psycho (1960)
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A Phoenix secretary steals $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.)
“ Can you imagine that Anthony Perkins did not get a nomination for "Psycho"? I say THAT'S psycho! ” - explorer801
 
4.
The Hours (2002)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Nicole Kidman won the Oscar for this movie (and deservedly so), but Meryl Streep's fine performance should have been recognized alongside Kidman's. ” - explorer801
 
5.
Dancer in the Dark (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ 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! ” - explorer801
 
6.
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.)
“ 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! ” - explorer801
 
7.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
8.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Best Picture nominee? Should have been. ” - explorer801
 
9.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
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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. (111 mins.)
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
10.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with AIDS 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. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
11.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ 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! ” - explorer801
 
12.
Billy Elliot (2000)
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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ 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! ” - explorer801
 
13.
Almost Famous (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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 it on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Cameron Crowe's crowning achievement deserved a Best Director & Best Picture nomination! ” - explorer801
 
14.
Ghost (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic. (127 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zucker
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
15.
Blue Valentine (2010)
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The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
“ Michelle Williams got nominated for this while her counterpart, Ryan Gosling was snubbed. Should have been the other way around given the option. ” - explorer801
 
16.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious 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. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ Both Tilda Swinton & newcomer Ezra Miller (as her son) deserved nominations for this. It's powerful stuff! ” - explorer801
 
17.
Atonement (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (123 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Keira Knightley absolutely stole this movie but not an Oscar nomination. ” - explorer801
 
18.
Love Actually (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
19.
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
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An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners. (126 mins.)
Director: Vadim Perelman
“ 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". ” - explorer801
 
20.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
21.
The Truman Show (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
22.
The Muppets (2011)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: James Bobin
“ 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?? ” - explorer801
 
23.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Ewan McGregor deserved a nomination for this! He sings wonderfully, he exudes love, and cries like a pro. His best performance to date. ” - explorer801
 
24.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (130 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
“ Best Picture anyone? Kathy Bates should have been nominated for Best Actress as well! ” - explorer801
 
25.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ 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! ” - explorer801
 
26.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into 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. (136 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Mia Farrow should have WON Best actress for "Rosemary's Baby". She wasn't even nominated. ” - explorer801
 
27.
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town. (109 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
28.
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ 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). ” - explorer801
 
29.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Possibly the most bizarre, brilliant film in years, John Malkovich should have been nominated for Supporting Actor for portraying himself. ” - explorer801
 
30.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ 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. ” - explorer801
 
31.
Ed Wood (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support. (127 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ 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). ” - explorer801
 
32.
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
“ Paul Giamatti? Best Actor??? ” - explorer801
 
33.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
“ One of the best screenplays ever written was somehow overlooked by the Oscars. ” - explorer801
 
34.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Should have been nominated for Best Picture and Director (Christopher Nolan). ” - explorer801
 
35.
The Color Purple (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering years of abuse from her father and others over 40 years. (154 mins.)
“ Received TEN nominations that year, yet Steven Spielberg was forgotten for Best Director. I guess it directed itself??? ” - explorer801
 
36.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ Best Supporting Actress for Kirsten Dunst should have been a given. ” - explorer801
 
37.
Burlesque (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer. (119 mins.)
Director: Steven Antin
“ "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. ” - explorer801
 
38.
Shame (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life - which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction - is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ 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? ” - explorer801
 
39.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ As far as groundbreaking cinema goes, "King Kong" takes the prize. How did it manage to not get a Best Picture nomination in 1933?? ” - explorer801
 
40.
Little Women (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
“ 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? ” - explorer801
 
41.
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. (129 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ 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. ” - explorer801