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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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Francis Ford Coppola is listed (or ranked) 2 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 Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 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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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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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Snubbed for Best Picture - 1981

The Oscar went to Chariots of Fire.

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Snubbed for Best Actor - Serpico, 1974

The Oscar went to Art Carney for Harry and Tonto. 

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Snubbed for Best Supporting Actress for The Fighter, 2010. 

The Oscar went to Melissa Leo for the same film.

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Snubbed for Best Supporting Actor - Schindler's List, 1994

Lost to Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive.

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Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 27 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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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Snubbed for Best Picture, 1994

The Oscar went to Forrest Gump.

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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 31 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) 32 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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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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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
Lauren Bacall


Not nominated for Best Actress - To Have and Have Not1944

The Oscar went to Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight.

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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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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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Not nominated for Best Actor - Nightcrawler

The Oscar went to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory Of Everything.

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Not nominated for Best Animated Feature - 2014

Award went to Big Hero 6.

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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 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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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Snubbed for Best Actor - The Aviator, 2004

The Oscar went to Jamie Foxx for Ray.

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Network is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Snubbed for Best Picture - 1976

The Oscar went to Rocky.

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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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Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 47 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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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
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