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Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors the very best in film - at least as they see it. It seems each year these nominations are wildly contended by viewers and critics alike. Critical darlings and fan favorites slip trough the cracks and make for some crazy Oscar snubs come award season - and this Oscar snub list has them all.

Naturally some Oscars snubs are far worst than others, and we also have the benefit of hindsight, but can you believe Citizen Kane didn't win Best Picture? Neither did Shawshank Redemption. 2001: A Space Odyssey wasn't even nominated and neither was The Shining or Do the Right Thing. Then there are the poor actors, actresses, and directors who work hard, turn in excellent performances, and campaign for Oscar gold only to never to make the cut. Academy Award snubs are a matter of opinion, but some just can't be ignored.

This isn't to say each of these snubs should have definitely won that year, but the films, actors, and directors listed here definitely deserved a nomination. Jack Nicholson in The Shining probably shouldn't have beaten Robert De Niro in Raging Bull for 1970's Best Actor award, but he certainly should have been on the ballot.

These are the biggest Oscar snubs of all time! Vote up the people and films you feel were wrongfully snubbed by the Academy, or deserved to win if they did garner a nomination.
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Saving Private Ryan Snubbed for Best Picture - 1999. The Oscar went to Shakespeare in Love.

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
The Shining Not nominated for Best Picture - 1980. The Oscar went to Ordinary People.

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Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Francis Ford Coppola Snubbed for Best Director - The Godfather, 1972. The Oscar went to Bob Fosse for Cabaret.

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption Snubbed for Best Picture - 1994. The Oscar went to  Forrest Gump.

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Alfred Hitchcock Not nominated for Best Director - North by Northwest, 1959. The Oscar went to William Wyler for Ben-Hur.

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
2001: A Space Odyssey Not nominated for Best Picture - 1968. The Oscar went to Oliver!

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
The Dark Knight Not nominated for Best Picture - 2008.  The Oscar went to Slumdog Millionaire.

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Goodfellas Snubbed for Best Picture - 1990. The Oscar went to Dances with Wolves.

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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Citizen Kane Snubbed for Best Picture - 1941. The Oscar went to  How Green Was My Valley.

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Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Martin Scorsese Not nominated for Best Director - Taxi Driver, 1976.  The Oscar went to John G. Avildsen for Rocky.

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Vertigo Not nominated for Best Picture - 1958.  The Oscar went to Gigi.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
FranciscodeSouza added Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Snubbed for Best Picture - 1981. The Oscar went to Chariots of Fire.

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Blade Runner Not nominated for Best Picture - 1982. The Oscar went to Gandhi.

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Brokeback Mountain Snubbed for Best Picture - 2005. The Oscar went to Crash.

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
FranciscodeSouza added Al Pacino Snubbed for Best Actor - Serpico, 1974. The Oscar went to Art Carney for Harry and Tonto. 

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Peter O'Toole Not Nominated for Best Actor -  Lawrence of Arabia, 1962. The Oscar went to Gregory Peck for To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Judy Garland Not nominated for Best Actress - The Wizard of Oz, 1939. The Oscar went to Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind.

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Steven Spielberg Not nominated for Best Director - Jaws, 1975. The Oscar went to Milos Forman for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Rosemary's Baby Not nominated for Best Picture - 1968. The Oscar went to Oliver!

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Gary Oldman Not nominated for Best Actor - Sid and Nancy, 1986 . The Oscar went to Paul Newman for  The Color of Money.

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Jack Nicholson Not nominated for Best Actor - The Shining, 1980. The Oscar went to Robert De Niro for Raging Bull.

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Leonardo DiCaprio Not nominated for Best Actor - Titanic, 1997. The Oscar went to Jack Nicholson for As Good as It Gets .

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Not nominated for Best Picture - 2004.  The Oscar went to Million Dollar Baby.

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Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Gene Kelly Not nominated for Best Actor -  Singin' in the Rain, 1952. The Oscar went to Gary Cooper for High Noon.

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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
OscarBuzz added Amy Adams Lost the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "The Fighter" to co-star Melissa Leo when she should have won. 

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Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Dennis Hopper Not nominated for Best Supporting Actor - Blue Velvet, 1986.  The Oscar went to Michael Caine for Hannah and Her Sisters.

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Joaquin Phoenix Not nominated for Best Actor -  Her, 2014 The Oscar went to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything.

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Audrey Tautou is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Audrey Tautou Not nominated for Best Actress -  Amelie, 2001.  The Oscar went to Halle Berry for Monster's Ball.

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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Lauren Bacall Not nominated for Best Actress - To Have and Have Not, 1944.  The Oscar went to Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight.

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Tom Islava added Pulp Fiction Snubbed for Best Picture-1994.The Oscar went to Forrest Gump

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Gloria Swanson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Gloria Swanson Not nominated for Best Actress - Sunset Boulevard, 1950.  The Oscar went to Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday.

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
FranciscodeSouza added Marilyn Monroe Not nominated for Best Actress - Some Like It Hot, 1959. The Oscar went to Simone Signoret for Room at the Top.

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Bette Davis Not nominated for Best Actress - Of Human Bondage, 1934 .  The Oscar went to Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night.

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Ralph Fiennes Nominated for Be... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Betty B added Ralph Fiennes Nominated for Best Supporting Actor - Schindler's List. Lost to Tommy Lee Jones - the Fugitive

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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Peter Lorre Not nominated for Best Actor - M, 1932. The Oscar went to  Fredric March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
OscarBuzz added Jake Gyllenhaal Not nominated for Best Actor night "Nightcrawler". The Oscar went to Eddie Redmayne for "The Theory Of Everything"

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Val Torre added Daniel Day-Lewis

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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Tilda Swinton Not nominated for Best Actress -  We Need to Talk About Kevin, 2011.  The Oscar went to Meryl Streep for Iron Lady.

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Do the Right Thing Not nominated for Best Picture - 1989.  The Oscar went to Driving Miss Daisy.

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Tom Islava added The Lego Movie Not nominated for Best Animated Feature-2014. Award went to Big Hero 6

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Network is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Tom Islava added Network Snubbed for Best Picture-1976. The Oscar went to Rocky

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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Boogie Nights Not nominated for Best Picture - 1997.  The Oscar went to Titanic.

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Tom Islava added Leonardo DiCaprio Snubbed for Best Actor-The Aviator (2004). The Oscar went to Jamie Foxx for Ray

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Jim Carrey Not nominated for Best Actor - Man on the Moon, 1999. The Oscar went to Kevin Spacey for American Beauty.

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Tom Islava added Against All Odds Snubbed for Best Original Song-1984 for "Against All Odds (Take A Look at Me Now)". Award went to The Woman in Red for "I Just Called to Say I Love You"

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Michelle Williams Not nominated for Best Actress -  A Week with Marilyn, 2011.  The Oscar went to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady.

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Eli Wallach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Selma is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Ian Sacci added Selma