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The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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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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    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"

  • 52

    Snubbed for Best Picture - 2005

    The Oscar went to Crash.

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    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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    Not nominated for Best Actor - The Fly, 1986

    The Oscar went to William Hurt for Kiss of the Spider Woman

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    Not nominated for Best Picture - 2004

    The Oscar went to Million Dollar Baby.

  • 59

    Not nominated for Best Actor - Shame, 2011. The Oscar went to Jean Dujardin for The Artist 

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    Not nominated for Best Actor - Her, 2014 

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

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    Not nominated for Best Actress - To Have and Have Not1944

    The Oscar went to Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight.

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    Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor (Any motion-capture performance)- Never Nominated

  • 65

    Snubbed for Best Actor - The Aviator, 2004

    The Oscar went to Jamie Foxx for Ray.

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    Not nominated for Best Animated Feature - 2014

    Award went to Big Hero 6.

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    Not nominated for Best Actress - Amelie, 2001

    The Oscar went to Halle Berry for Monster's Ball.

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    Not nominated for Best Actor - Man on the Moon, 1999

    The Oscar went to Kevin Spacey for American Beauty.

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    Not nominated for Best Picture - 1989

    The Oscar went to Driving Miss Daisy.

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    Snubbed for Magnolia, Best Supporting Actor- 1999

    Michael Caine won his role in The Cider House Rules.

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    Not nominated for Best Picture - 1997

    The Oscar went to Titanic.

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    Snubbed for Best Picture - 1976

    The Oscar went to Rocky.

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    John Garfield