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The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

Updated December 5, 2020 53.9k votes 3.9k voters 34.8k views101 items

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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    Not nominated for Best Actor - Sid and Nancy, 1986

    The Oscar went to Paul Newman for The Color of Money.

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    Snubbed for Best Picture - 2000

    The Oscar went to American Beauty.

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    Not nominated for Best Picture - 1968

    The Oscar went to Oliver!

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    Not nominated for Best Picture - 1982

    The Oscar went to Gandhi.

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    Snubbed for Best Picture, 1994

    The Oscar went to Forrest Gump.

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    Not Nominated for Best Actor - Lawrence of Arabia, 1962

    The Oscar went to Gregory Peck for To Kill a Mockingbird.

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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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    Not nominated for best director for Apollo 13.

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    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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    Not nominated for Best Actor - The Shining, 1980

    The Oscar went to Robert De Niro for Raging Bull.

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    Instead of the Oscar going to Elizabeth, it went to stupid Shakespeare in Love.  Both movies even have Joseph Fiennes in them, as well as a version of Queen Elizabeth I.

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    The year was 1993 when the Academy threw a bomb into the faces of four seasoned committed actresses in favor of a 9 year old's performance in Campion's The Piano, via Anna Paquin.  The Piano was a huge romantic costume drama fave that year, but a single scream from a child only gave that child ongoing serious work later in life as an adorable great screamer in True Blood.  Meanwhile, more than worthy performances were snubbed, such as Winona Ryder in Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, Emma Thompson's role in In the Name of the Father starring Daniel Day Lewis, and even Pacquin's co-star from The Piano (Holly Hunter) who was nominated for best supporting actress for The Firm.

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    Not nominated for Best Director, A Star Is Born - 2018

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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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    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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    Not nominated for Best Supporting Actor - Blue Velvet, 1986

    The Oscar went to Michael Caine for Hannah and Her Sisters.

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    Not nominated for Best Actress - Of Human Bondage, 1934

    The Oscar went to Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night.

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    Did not win best actor in 2016 for Fences...but no-acting Casey Affleck won for Manchester by the Sea and bored everybody to tears.

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    Not nominated for Best Actor - M, 1932

    The Oscar went to Fredric March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.