The 25 Most Shocking Oscar Snubs of All Time

Oscars 1 560x356The most prestigious awards ceremony which recognizes the previous year’s best achievements in cinema is the Academy Awards, also referred to by the name of the award given to the winners, the Oscars.

Besides being the most popular award show every year, the Academy Awards carry with them a level of respect in which getting a nomination itself is an achievement. How many times have you seen Academy Award nominee used as a salutation before an actors name during a movie’s opening credits? You will never see Golden Globe nominee or Critic’s Choice Award nominee attached to a person’s name. If just being nominated is an amazing accomplishment, what does that mean if you actually win one? It means everything in Hollywood, especially to the winner.

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Winning an Academy Award means more than any other award because of how prestigious it has become over the years. It leads to more money, more opportunities, more respect, and can turn an actor into a leading star. In terms of Best Actor/Actress categories, simply winning one means you will be able to work for years to come without losing out on roles. It is not a guarantee but movie studios always want to have Academy Award winners attached to their films, it helps increase their paychecks, which means everyone makes more money.

But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does not always get it right and every year there ends up being an Oscar snub that puzzles everyone about the legitimacy of it all. That is also when scandals and controversies can occur. It can be someone who was nominated for the award and ended up losing or someone who never even received a nomination.

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Many times, whether it is an actor, actress, director, or film, that is considered the greatest of the year, the potential nominee becomes a media darling, or favorite, to win an Academy Award. This is especially true if they win other awards like the Golden Globes, Screen Actor’s Guild, or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The Academy Awards is the only award show that could snub someone even if they win 95% of all the other awards given out during that time of year. It happens more often than it should and that is why we wanted to cover it today.

To be clear, this is a list of Oscar snubs that are among the most popular choices. Everyone has their own opinions about what is considered to be great but we will remain unbiased and simply refer to the movies, directors, actors, and actresses that are considered to be the most universally known snubs ever.

25) Peter O’Toole, 1962

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Actor
  • Film Role: T.E. Lawrence
  • Film Nominated For: Lawrence of Arabia
  • Award Winner, Film: Gregory Peck (Atticus Finch), To Kill a Mockingbird

24) The Color Purple, 1986

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category:┬áBest Picture
  • Award Winner, Film: Out of Africa (Sydney Pollack)

23) Tom Cruise, 1996

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Actor
  • Film Role: Jerry Maguire
  • Film Nominated For: Jerry Maguire
  • Award Winner, Film: Geoffrey Rush (David Helfgott), Shine

22) Judy Garland, 1939

  • Nominated: No
  • Category: Best Actress
  • Film Role: Dorothy Gale
  • Film: The Wizard of Oz
  • Award Winner, Film: Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O’Hara), Gone With the Wind

21) Kate Hudson, 2001

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Supporting Actress
  • Film Role: Penny Lane
  • Film Nominated For: Almost Famous
  • Award Winner, Film: Marcia Gay Harden (Lee Krasner), Pollock

20) Julianne Moore, 1998

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Supporting Actress
  • Film Role: Amber Waves
  • Film Nominated For: Boogie Nights
  • Award Winner, Film: Kim Basinger (Lynn Margaret Bracken), L.A. Confidential

19) Jack Nicholson, 1974

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Actor
  • Film Role: J.J. “Jack” Gittes
  • Film Nominated For: Chinatown
  • Award Winner, Film: Art Carney (Harry Coombes), Harry and Tonto

18) L.A. Confidential, 1998

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Picture
  • Award Winner, Film: Titanic (James Cameron, Jon Landau)

17) Malcolm McDowell, 1971

  • Nominated: No
  • Category: Best Actor
  • Film Role: Alex DeLarge
  • Film: A Clockwork Orange
  • Award Winner, Film: Marlon Brando (Vito Corleone), The Godfather

16) Raging Bull, 1980

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Picture
  • Award Winner, Film: Ordinary People (Ronald L. Schwary)

15) Amy Adams, 2010

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Supporting Actress
  • Film Role: Charlene Fleming
  • Film Nominated For: The Fighter
  • Award Winner, Film: Melissa Leo (Alice Eklund-Ward), The Fighter

14) Jim Carrey, 1999

  • Nominated: No
  • Category: Best Actor
  • Film Role: Andy Kaufman
  • Film: Man on the Moon
  • Award Winner, Film: Kevin Spacey (Lester Burnham), American Beauty

13) Denzel Washington, 1993

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Actor
  • Film Role: Malcolm X
  • Film Nominated For: Malcolm X
  • Award Winner, Film: Al Pacino (Lt. Colonel Frank Slade), Scent of a Woman

12) Ralph Fiennes, 1994

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Supporting Actor
  • Film Role: Amon Goeth
  • Film Nominated For: Schindler’s List
  • Award Winner, Film: Tommy Lee Jones (U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard), The Fugitive

11) Stanley Kubrick, 1968

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Director
  • Film Nominated For: 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Award Winner, Film: Carol Reed, Oliver!

10) Leonardo DiCaprio, 1997

  • Nominated: No
  • Category: Best Actor
  • Film Role: Jack Dawson
  • Film: Titanic
  • Award Winner, Film: Jack Nicholson (Melvin Udall), As Good As It Gets

9) Fargo, 1997

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Picture
  • Award Winner, Film: The English Patient (Saul Zaentz)

8) Kate Winslet, 2004

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Actress
  • Film Role: Clementine Kruczynski
  • Film Nominated For: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Award Winner, Film: Hilary Swank (Mary Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald), Million Dollar Baby

7) Martin Scorsese, 1976

  • Nominated: No
  • Category: Best Director
  • Film: Taxi Driver
  • Award Winner, Film: John G. Avildsen, Rocky

6) Alfred Hitchcock, 1958

  • Nominated: No
  • Category: Best Director
  • Film: Vertigo
  • Award Winner, Film: Vincente Minnelli, Gigi

5) Saving Private Ryan, 1999

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Picture
  • Award Winner, Film: Shakespeare in Love (David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Marc Norman)

4) Spike Lee, 1990

  • Nominated: No
  • Category: Best Director
  • Film: Do The Right Thing
  • Award Winner, Film: Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves

3) Goodfellas, 1990

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Picture
  • Award Winner, Film: Dances with Wolves (Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner)

2) Francis Ford Coppola, 1972

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Director
  • Film Nominated For: The Godfather
  • Award Winner, Film: Bob Fosse, Cabaret

1) Citizen Kane, 1941

  • Nominated: Yes
  • Category: Best Picture
  • Award Winner, Film: How Green Was My Valley (20th Century Fox)