Award Shows 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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881 167
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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667 172
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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670 214
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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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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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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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Snubbed for Best Picture - 2005

The Oscar went to Crash.

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362 263
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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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 19 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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353 202
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 20 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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292 207
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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359 245
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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363 284
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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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actor - Titanic, 1997

The Oscar went to Jack Nicholson for As Good as It Gets.

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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.

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actor - Singin' in the Rain, 1952

The Oscar went to Gary Cooper for High Noon.

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Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Did not win Best Supporting Actor in 1995 for Forrest Gump

Won by Martin Landau for Ed Wood

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231 145
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 30 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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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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In 1999 The Sixth Sense, The Green Mile, The Insider (starring Russell Crowe) and The Cider House Rules ALL lost out to dumb American Beauty.... Anybody noticed the beauty of a floating plastic grocery bag?  Anyone??  Ugh! 

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228 154
Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Supporting Actor - Blue Velvet, 1986

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

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201 121
Gloria Swanson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actress - Sunset Boulevard, 1950

The Oscar went to Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday.

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actor - Her, 2014 

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

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Bette Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actress - Of Human Bondage, 1934

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

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129 106
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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201 93
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Audrey Tautou is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actress - Amelie, 2001

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

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actress - To Have and Have Not1944

The Oscar went to Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight.

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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Actor - M, 1932

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

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216 170
The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 43 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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162 170
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


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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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Lost a Best Actress Oscar from the film Elizabeth to Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love.  Both films are during the Renaissance and have a version of Queen Elizabeth I in them.  Both have the leading man played by Joseph Fiennes, who was snubbed entirely.

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time


Not nominated for Best Picture - 1989

The Oscar went to Driving Miss Daisy.

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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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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time
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