VOTE 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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


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


Snubbed for Best Director - The Godfather, 1972

The Oscar went to Bob Fosse for Cabaret.

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Snubbed for Best Picture - 1990

The Oscar went to Dances with Wolves.

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Picture - 1980

The Oscar went to Ordinary People.

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Snubbed for Best Picture - 1994

The Oscar went to Forrest Gump.

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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Snubbed for Best Picture - 1941

The Oscar went to How Green Was My Valley.

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


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) 8 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Picture - 1968

The Oscar went to Oliver!

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Picture - 2008

The Oscar went to Slumdog Millionaire.

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Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


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


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
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Snubbed for Best Picture - 1981

The Oscar went to Chariots of Fire.

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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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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Snubbed for Best Picture - 2005

The Oscar went to Crash.

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Picture - 1982

The Oscar went to Gandhi.

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actor - Sid and Nancy, 1986

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

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Picture - 1968

The Oscar went to Oliver!

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


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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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Picture - 2004

The Oscar went to Million Dollar Baby.

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not Nominated for Best Actor - Lawrence of Arabia, 1962

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

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Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

Not nominated for Best Actor - The Shining, 1980

The Oscar went to Robert De Niro for Raging Bull.