I Would Not Like To Thank The Academy: Oscar Snubs Over The Years

Bill the ButcherAh yes, the Academy Awards. Never before has such a noble institution been so incredibly off-base. One can’t help but wonder what amazing film or performance won’t get the recognition it deserves in any of the upcoming ceremonies. After all, throughout Oscar history, it has happened many times. Too often, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has bestowed their golden trophy upon someone who perhaps did not quite deserve the honor over one of their fellow nominees. A few such examples will be illustrated here. Now, in the interest of narrowing down many of the illustrious Academy’s various snubs over the years, I will concentrate solely on acting categories. Additionally, only roles that were actually nominated for the award will have a case made for them. We could be here for days if I were to discuss all the numerous incredible performances throughout the history of filmmaking that weren’t lucky enough to garner an Oscar nomination (John Goodman in The Big Lebowski and R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket are a couple just off the top of my head). Granted, the movie-viewing experience is a subjective one and the majority of Academy voters surely had valid reasons for casting their ballot the way they did. However, I stand by the conviction that these arguments are compelling.

2002 Best Actor: …And the Oscar goes to Adrien Brody for The Pianist instead of Daniel Day-Lewis for Gangs of New York.

OK, The Pianist is a fantastic film. In fact, I appreciated it almost as much as Schindler’s List, as far as comparative subject matter is concerned. Sumptuously photographed, with harrowing performances from the entire cast, the movie focuses on a renowned Jewish pianist (Brody) who must deal with the Nazi invasion of Warsaw. Furthermore, the film’s director, Roman Polanski, is always a controversial figure, and I applaud the Academy for concentrating strictly on the art in granting Brody the trophy (as well as Polanski, himself) instead of taking outside events into consideration. Of course, his elation after winning and his impromptu kiss with presenter Halle Berry was also amazing. Make no mistake, Brody was tremendous in the part, but there just isn’t any way that he was better than Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill “The Butcher” Cutting in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. I have always been astounded by how Day-Lewis can truly become a completely different person through his craft, and this role is no exception. He’s utterly brilliant as Cutting, the vicious villain and leader of, the Natives, the most powerful gang in the Five Points district of New York during the Civil War. Day-Lewis, with his bloodthirsty and coldly detached demeanor, as well as his unique way of speaking totally embodied the spirit of this tumultuous time in American history, and while the Academy may have been a bit gun-shy about rewarding such a performance, he certainly deserved the Oscar.

2000 Best Supporting Actress: …And the Oscar goes to Marcia Gay Harden for Pollock instead of Kate Hudson for Almost Famous.

Penny Lane

I don’t have anything against Marcia Gay Harden. She’s very talented, with a long list of fine films on her resume. In her defense, I feel like her part as Lee Krasner, the wife and caretaker of troubled painter Jackson Pollock was somewhat of a thankless one that she managed to pull off rather well. However, let’s face it: It was a pretty straightforward role that in my estimation didn’t really present too many challenges. I almost feel like Harden’s Oscar was just a by-product of some stuffy voters’ love for the material, which in all honesty, I couldn’t appreciate. In fact, I thought Pollock was a bit of a borefest. Now, I’m not going to extol Kate Hudson’s virtues as an amazing actress. Lately, movies such as Fool’s Gold and Bride Wars could make one want to cut their own jugular open. However, there isn’t any denying that Hudson’s performance in Almost Famous as the mercurial Penny Lane (a groupie for a fictional rock band in writer/director Cameron Crowe’s coming-of-age tale, based on his own experiences, that’s a tribute to rock ‘n’ roll and journalism) is both animated and reined in at the proper moments, as well as being simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking. Apparently, many others also felt the same way, as pundits in the business had Hudson as the favorite to take the award, which roughly translated, means she was robbed.

1996 Best Supporting Actor: …And the Oscar goes to Cuba Gooding, Jr. for Jerry Maguire instead of William H. Macy for Fargo.

No one should be awarded an Oscar for simply yelling and screaming. It would be a different matter if such bellowing had any real substance behind it, but I can’t escape the feeling that Cuba Gooding, Jr. earned his statue for basically uttering everyone’s favorite catch phrase of the late ‘90s, “Show me the money!” Aside from that, Gooding’s turn as star football player Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, about finding love in the midst of sports agency, didn’t really offer much. I was frankly stunned by the nomination, let alone Gooding garnering the award. How could William H. Macy not be rewarded with the prize for his portrayal of pathetic, befuddled criminal Jerry Lundegaard, in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo? As an ineffectual man who’s in way over his head trying to pull off the perfect crime, Macy is brilliant, and while his character may not be very likable, it’s near impossible to not almost feel for him. This was one of the bigger travesties in Academy Award history.

William Macy

1992 Best Supporting Actress: …And the Oscar goes to Marisa Tomei for My Cousin Vinny instead of Judy Davis for Husbands And Wives.

Yes, I know. This one may be a bit controversial, and few people in the world adore Marisa Tomei more than I do. Her recent turns in films such as The Wrestler and Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead speak for themselves. Let’s chalk her Oscar up to a lack of real stiff competition that year. There’s even a long-standing Hollywood rumor that award presenter Jack Palance read the wrong name off the sealed envelope, but that’s just urban legend. However, I have to maintain that while Tomei’s effort as inexperienced lawyer Joe Pesci’s smart and sassy girlfriend in My Cousin Vinny is a fun one (and the film is certainly solid), she essentially grabbed her trophy for speaking in a Brooklyn accent and stomping her feet during a fertility joke, which isn’t quite enough. It’s difficult not to feel more for the unmatched Judy Davis as a fickle, fault-finding virago who seems incapable of nailing down what she really wants in Woody Allen’s thoughtful and entertaining indictment of relationships, Husbands and Wives.

1965 Best Actor: …And the Oscar goes to Lee Marvin for Cat Ballou instead of Rod Steiger for The Pawnbroker.

I jumped back a few years for this one, but it’s a true snub that’s definitely worth mentioning. Sure, Cat Ballou is an enjoyable (though, uneven) western comedy, and Lee Marvin is a gem as gun-for-hire Kid Shelleen (not to mention evil hitman Tim Strawn, that he also played in a duel role). But honestly, Marvin doesn’t even make an appearance as Shelleen until more than thirty minutes into the film. Furthermore, his portrayal as an aging drunk that’s played for slapstick laughs seems pretty elementary, at least when compared to Rod Steiger’s performance in The Pawnbroker. In fact, Steiger was the odds-on favorite that year, so much so, that while the award was being announced he actually started to stand up from his seat before his name was called. This naturally made him look foolish and presumptuous when he didn’t win. However, he wasn’t wrong. Steiger’s depiction of an embittered and isolated Holocaust survivor earning a living as a pawnshop operator in a Harlem ghetto is so properly restrained, yet still astoundingly sad, resentful and distressing that it’s impossible not to get sucked into the character’s world. The fact that this wasn’t an Oscar-winning effort is an American tragedy. Fortunately, the Academy did seem to realize the error of their ways a couple years later and awarded Steiger the Oscar for In The Heat Of The Night, as a consolation.

Agree? Disagree? Have your own favorite Oscar snub? Let us know.

  • http://www.moviesunlimited.com Jason Marcewicz

    Awesome article! I agree that many can (and probably will) posit their own overlooked faves, but in my case I’ll just focus on 1999, which has not one but two big Oscar screwups.
    1. Best Picture: AMERICAN BEAUTY.
    Not by a long shot. The Insider, The Hurricane, Magnolia, The Sixth Sense, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Boys Don’t Cry, Election, The Matrix, Being John Malkovich…do I need to go on? Every one of these is better than AB’s pedestrian look at a man’s middle age crisis.
    2. Best Actor: KEVIN SPACEY, American Beauty.
    I like Kevin fine, but Denzel was criminally overlooked for his depiction of Hurricane Carter. Don’t think so? OK, how ’bout either Russell Crowe or Al Pacino in The Insider. Or Sean Penn in Sweet and Lowdown. Or Matthew Broderick in Election. Or John Cusack in Being John Malkovich. Hell, even Bruce Willis or (supporting? Oscar winner) Haley Joel Osment deserved it more than Kevin!

    • Ciannello

      Best Actor should have gone to Jack Lemmon for Days of Wine and Roses. He showed he could move from comedy to drama. Gregory Peck won instead for his role in To Kill A Mockingbird. He was good, but it was just another Gregory Peck standard performance.

  • Bruce Lagasse

    IMHO, the two biggest crimes in Academy history were the choices of Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday over Gloria Swanson for Sunset Blvd; and Grace Kelly in The Country Girl over Judy Garland in A Star is Born.

  • Patrick

    In one year Cate Blanchett made 3-4 movies, won almost every international award for best actress, Elizabeth, Notes on a Scandall,etc. and the Academy overlooked every other opinion and gave best actress to Kate Hudson or someone like that? Duh!
    Will they ever get it right?

  • Kate the Skate

    Apollo 13 should have won in 1995 over Braveheart. Still a film worth watching.

  • Joe Gideon

    Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) being denied in favor of Frances McDormand (Fargo) was not right. I love Fran and Fargo, but once she got the “you betcha, yah” down, the role wasn’t too challenging, especially compared to Watson’s heart-wrenching performance. A second snub would be Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas) being passed over in favor of Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) in what was a pure popularity vote for Whoopi and her film.

  • rvictor

    Denzel Washington for Training Day over Russell Crowe in A beautiful Mind was a travesty!

    • Peg

      I TOTALLY AGREE! It was coloured night at the Oscars that year.

  • Jim Foster

    Haley Joel Osment deserved the supporting actor Oscar for SIXTH SENSE. It’s a shame that the Academy eliminated the juvenile performer’s special Oscar category, as Henry Thomas certainly deserved a statuette for his role in E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL. In my opinion, he was the glue that held that picture together.

  • darlene alexander

    I think that Daniel Day-Lewis & Adrien Brody did a wonderful job in the parts. How do you pick one over the other, what a job. I just love the Pianist with Brody, movie was in a very sad time of our lives, but his acting job was just great.. On the other hand Day-Lewis did a wonderful job to. I have seen Daniel Day-Lewis in other films, and he was transformed into a person I did not know. What a great actor

  • darlene alexander

    I think they made the right pick, when they gave the Oscar to Marcia Gay Harden. The movie Pollock was a better movie then Almost
    Famous, I did not like the film, although Kate Hudson did a good acting job. So it all boils down to a matter of opinion…

  • Bob C

    I agree 100% with darlene alexander: Marcia Gay Harden was brilliant-er in Pollock than Kate Hudson, who I like, in Almost Famous, which I didn’t much care for.

  • Mario Brescio

    1950: Bette Davis(All About Eve)should have won over Judy Holiday.
    1951: Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire) over Humphrey Bogart.
    1953: Deborah Kerr (From Here To Eternity) over Audrey Hepburn.
    1954: Judy Garland (A Star is Born) over Grace Kelly.
    1964: Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove) over Rex Harrison.
    1964: Agnes Moorehead (Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte) over Lila Kedrova.
    1973: Barbra Streisand (The Way We Were) or Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist) over Glenda Jackson.
    1974: Al Pacino (The Godfather II) over Art Carney
    1979: Roy Scheider (All That Jazz) over Dustin Hoffman.
    1981: Warren Beatty (Reds) over Henry Fonda.
    1981: Susan Sarandon (Atlantic City) or Diane Keaton (Reds) over Katherine Hepburn.
    1982: Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie) over Ben Kingsley.
    1984: Geraldine Page (The Pope of Greewwich Village) over Peggy Ashcroft.
    1986: Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) over Marlee Matlin.
    1991: Kate Nelligan (Prine of Tides) over Mercedes Ruehl.
    1995: Brad Pitt (12 Monkeys) over Kevin Spacey.
    1998: edward Norton (American History X) over Roberto Benigni.
    2000: Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream) over Julia Roberts.
    2005: Matt Dillon (Crash) over George Clooney.

  • shahram chubin

    An excellent article; agree about DayLewis and Gangs of NY.No Cary Grant or Alfred Hitchcock oscars and only a very reluctantly one for Scorsese?
    Its all politics and “no one knows a damn thing.”…

  • Nancy Greenberg

    Sort of ill informed since I don’t know who won instead but Paul Newman should have won for The Verdict. The best acting of his career.

  • Joe Gregorio

    I’m not sure of the year (2000?), but “Shakespeare in Love” should not have won Best Picture over “Saving Private Ryan”. Also, Dame Judi Dench gets the Best Supporting Actress nod for a 30-second role in “Shakespeare in Love”? Unbelievable.

  • John Meyer

    Judy Garland in Star is Born
    is so superior to Grace Kelly
    she almost lost the baby (Joey).

    She made a funny anecdote out of it, too.

    Jmeyer NYC

  • kent gravett

    How about not even a nomination? Paul Newman for “Somebody Up There Likes Me”. Didn’t even get any kind of nod. Such a robbery that friends of his created a statue called the Noscar and gave it to him as both a tribute and a protest. Classy move. Also, this past year the actress(sorry about the name) who played the lead in “Bright Star” should have also received a nod. Perhaps even better than the winner?

  • artso

    I believe in Oscar payback. One previous responder thought that Beatty should have won over Fonda in ’81…perhaps, but if there is a God, then Fonday got his payback for not winning in ’40. Watch Grapes of Wrath and tell me how he ever lost that Oscar to Stewart for Phila. Story, who, by the way, got paid back for being snubbed the previous year in ’39 when his Mr.Smith goes to DC portrayal should have beaten out Mr. Chips’ Donat.

    However, the biggest all time snub to me was Cagney not even being nominated for White Heat in ’49. Not only was his performance thirty times as nuanced as Broderick Crawford’s in the overrated All the Kings Men, it’s now a classic. Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

    Other dumb snubs: both DeNiro and Nicholson should have shared in ’76. Nicholson’s win for Cukoo was well deserved, but if Barbra could share with Katherine in ’68, then Jack should have shared the prize with deNiro for Taxi Driver.

    Also, Nicholson not winning for Chinatown in ’74 was the big Carney upset.

    Finally, anytime Bette Davis did NOT win was a snub to me, especially her losses for All About Eve, The Letter and Little Foxes. Meryl Streep is today’s Bette Davis and, while she is never less than excellent, I got drunk the nights she lost for Out of Africa and Silkwood.

    Decades after these snubs, when you revisit the snubbed performances of the GREATS, you can truly see how misguided the Oscar committee has been.

  • Susan

    I agree that the Oscars frequently gets it wrong- I also agree they will then give it to that person a year or more later.

    1) Best Actor 2000 – And the Oscar goes to … Kevin Spacey for American Beauty – but should’ve gone to Denzel Washington in the Hurricane! I love Kevin like my luggage- I loved him in many movies, but Washington’s performance in that movie was absolutely riveting and unforgettable. He MADE that movie great. So what did they do? They gave him one the next year for Training Day.

    2) Best Actor 1982 – And the Oscar goes to… Ben Kingsley for Gandhi … but Paul Newman’s performance in The Verdict was more than Oscar worthy. This year is a case of movie topic- which I think sometimes occurs. The subject of Gandhi is a nobel one that is also historic and morally important- which is a good thing… The Verdict is about a wino lawyer who is trying for a chance at redemption. While I would never say Ben didn’t deserve an Oscar- he actually DID… why not have a tie? They did it for Babs & Hepburn… so, the Academy gave him an Oscar in 1986 for The Color of Money. He was MUCH better in The Verdict.

    3) One of the biggest oversights, imho, was in 1990. The movie Glory wasn’t EVEN nominated for Best Picture! What a crime!!! That movie had it all- great script, acting, direction, music and a sincerely important theme! Not EVEN nominated- a friggin’ crime! Here’s the list of nominees that year- see if you agree with me that at least one of them could’ve been exchanged for “Glory”:
    Driving Miss Daisy (winner), Born on the 4th of July, My Left Foot, Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams.

  • Stan T.

    I quit watching the academy awards some time ago. The academy awards are not about BEST anything…it’s about politics. Ever notice the constant theme of movies winning that did poor at the box office? And lets not forget awards like the one guy for scripts or lighting or something…the explanation was “he’s done so many great movies over the years, he DESERVED an award”…but no for the garbage film they gave him one for. I never watch the academy awards, nor do I usually watch the movies that win the awards.

  • Palmer

    Is it true they couldn’t decide how to nominate Dustin Hoffman for Tootsie, best actress or actor?

  • Palmer

    I forgot to add,I loved Dustin’s comment at the end of Tootsie when he told Jessica Lange , can’t remember the exact quote but went something like this. The best part of me was when I let the female part of take over.

  • Trippy Trellis

    Bette Davis should have closed her eyes for the last time after taking a long, satisfied look at her four Oscars standing proudly on her mantel. During the Academy’s eighty years, only one actor/actress has deserved four. Bette Davis. Nobody else.

    She should have won:
    1938: “Jezebel”- the Academy got it right that year!
    1940: “The Letter”- Ginger Rogers? Please!
    1941: “The Little Foxes” – Joan Fontaine, whom I adore, should have been nominated and won for ’48s “Letter from an Unknown Woman”.
    1950: “All About Eve” – Judy Holliday? Please!

    Katharine Hepburn made her only, highly publicized Oscar appearance at the 1973 awards. She said: “I’m living proof that someone can wait forty-one years to be unselfish.” I would much rather she had said: “I’m very thankful for the three Academy Awards that you have bestowed upon me but- come on, friends, you know darn well I didn’t deserved two of them! I’m taking advantage of this opportunity to give them back: to Greta Garbo who wasn’t even nominated for “Queen Christina” and to Anne Bancroft for “The Graduate”.

    And before she closed her eyes forever, she should have told her secretary: “Please have them remove my name from the 1981 “On Golden Pond” award. I don’t care WHO gets it. I gave so many great performances during my lifetime… it’s too, too embarrassing to be remembered for this piece of crap.”

  • Randeroo

    Actually, William H. Macy in Fargo should have been nominated in the Best Actor category. He had more lines and screen time than Frances McDormand (the Best Actress winner), but was placed in the Supporting Actor category. This is not to say that his performance didn’t far exceed the other nominees — it certainly did — it’s just that Jerry Lundegaard should have been placed up against David Helfgott, Karl Childers, Larry Flynt, Lazlo de Almasy and Jerry McGuire for a fair fight.

  • VINCENT S.

    TWO OF THE WORST SNUBS BY THE ACADEMY AWARDS WAS FOR ACTRESSES JEAN SIMMONS—FOR SPARTACUS AND ELMER GANTRY AS WELL AS FOR HOME BEFORE DARK. ALSO DEBORAH KERR FOR AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, THE CHALK GARDEN AND TEA AND SYMPATHY.
    IT IS VERY SAD TO SEE THAT BOTH OF THESE ACTRESSES PASSED WITHOUT RECEIVING AN OSCAR FOR SOME OF THE GREATEST PERFORMANCES. DEBORAH KERR DID RECEIVE ONE FOR HER BODY OF WORK, BUT JEAN SIMMONS WAS NEVER HONORED BY THE ACADEMY. CONSIDERING THAT SOME ACTORS ARE GIVEN AN AWARD FOR THEIR FIRST PERFORMANCE AND NEVER GIVE ANOTHER GOOD PERFORMANCE. THESE LADIES COULD DO IT ALL.

  • VINCENT S.

    WHAT IS DELAYING THE RELEASE OF PORGY AND BESS ON DVD? MANY PEOPLE I KNOW ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THIS GREAT FILM.

  • VINCENT S.

    DURING THE EARLY 1950′S THERE WAS A MOVIE CALLED “THE HIGHWAYMAN” FROM THE FAMOUS POEM. IT STARRED WANDA HENDRIX AND CHARLES COBURN. THIS HAS DISAPPEARED AND HAS NEVER BEEN RELEASED ON VHS OR DVD. WHY? DITTO FOR “LYDIA BAILEY” WITH ANNE FRANCIS AND DALE ROBERTSON.

  • VINCENT S.

    I AGREE WITH STAN T. THE OSCARS ARE ALL ABOUT POLITICS AND NOT ABOUT THE BEST PERFORMANCE. IT USED TO BE AN EVENT THAT I LOOKED FORWARD TO EACH YEAR. IT BECAME A DRAG AND NOT SOMETHING I WANT TO SIT THROUGH.

  • VINCENT S.

    DO ANY OF THE DISTRIBUTING/MOVIE COMPANIES LISTEN WHEN PEOPLE REQUEST THAT CERTAIN MOVIES BE RELEASED ON DVD? SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE REQUESTED SOME CLASSICS AND YEAR COMPANIES INSIST ON PLACING SOME OF THE WORST JUNK ON DVD’S. LISTEN WARNERS, UNIVERSAL, PARAMOUNT AND MGM.

  • Jim Singleton

    Val Kilmer – Doc Holliday in TOMBSTONE. With all due respects to Tom Hanks, who is a fine craftsman. And I like westerns, so I’m okay with Lee Marvin. Too me, it’s all about charismatic screen presence.

  • Ron

    The Right Stuff had the right stuff.

  • Ron

    Spartacus and Saving Private Ryan were effected by the politics and bias of the times, but were among a handful of probably the best movies ever. They were obviously beaten by inferior products.

  • Linda Fitzgerald

    “Pillow Talk” … nominated was almost the entire cast EXCEPT ROCK HUDON, whose performance the critics raved about and praised to the skies.
    “LOVER COME BACK” … More rave and praise for Mr. Hudson … Perfect timing, a nuanced performance, etc. Awards? ZIP!

    “SECONDS” … A financial flop but now a cult film that received performance raves from most critics across the globe. Here at home for Mr. Hudson – ZIP!

    Let’s go back further … 1956 .. GIANT … A brilliant performance given by Hudson and Taylor and who got the raves? James Dean, whose over the top performance was so horrid that Nick Adams had to dub in his final scene. The nuanced and near perfect performance by the film’s STARS made people stand and cheer. Dean was most definitely a supporting player. Who won the Oscar that year? NOT Mr. Hudson, but Yul Brynner for a role he’d been portraying for years on Broadway and finally on film … A scene-chewing performance that he made a career of for the rest of his life.

    The most under-rated and overlooked actor in Hollywood from the 1950s onwards? ROCK HUDSON!
    Check out the body of work he left as a legacy .. Even in the bad films, there were flashes of great acting (“The Tarnished Angels” as an alcoholic reporter is considered one of the best performances on film …)

  • Jack E. Taylor

    There are so many Oscar mistakes, for instance:

    Madeline Kahn should have got the oscar for Paper Moon and not Tantrum O’Neal. Tatum was cute but Madeline was better and more deserving.

    Roddy McDowall has never been nominated for an Oscar, how sad.

    Ron Moody deserved the oscar much more than Cliff Robertson for Charly.

    Sandra Bullock is adorable and her performance in The Blind Side is okay, just okay, and she certainly did not deserve the oscar over Meryl Streep. C’mon oscar voters, get it together!

  • John Rinaldi

    1949: Best supporting actress; Miriam Hopkins was not even nominated for “THE HEIRESS” and she was brilliant in it. She fluttered about as the silly aunt but when you looked in her eyes you found a treasure trove of emotions.

  • John Rinaldi

    I love Katharine Hepburn and I loved “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, but the award that year should have gone to Dame Edith Evans for “The Whisperers”. Her performance in this grim drama should be required watching for anyone studying film acting!!

  • billyb34usa

    Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind should have won over Robert Donat in Goodbye Mr. Chips, Bette Davis should have won for All About Eve; Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard; Judy Garland for A Star is Born; James Dean for East of Eden…I’ll never understand why all of them, among others, didn’t win.

  • John Rinaldi

    I saw “Monster’s Ball” on the recommendation of some friends (as well as the rave reviews). Halle Berry as best actress???? I watched that movie twice and neither time did Ms Berry convince me that she was the character she was playing. The best thing she did in the picture was strip for the gratuitus sex scene. The real stand out performance was Peter Boyle, who made me squirm with his characterization.

  • BRIAN

    Humphrey Bogart
    The Maltese Falcon
    Black Legion
    High Sierra
    Treasure Of The Madre
    James Cagney
    Come Fill The Cup
    Each Dawn I Die

  • BRIAN

    Joan Of Paris
    (Alan Ladd)
    Many people believe this was his BEST performance.Of course he made better films,Shane,This Gun For Hire,And Now Tomorrow,Great Gatsby,etc

  • BRIAN

    James Mason A Star Is Born
    Errol Flynn The Sun Also Rises

  • BRIAN

    Steven McNally
    Split Second
    Johnny Belinda
    Jan Sterling
    Split Second
    John Wayne
    Sans Of Iwo Jima
    Stagecoach

  • BRIAN

    Richard Basehart
    He Walked By Night
    Charles McGraw
    T Men
    Richard Widmark
    No Way Out
    Sidney Poitier
    No Way Out
    James Cagney
    Angels With Dirty Faces

  • sherry

    Personally, the Oscars are very political and totally subjective. Robert Donat for “Goodbye Mr. Chips is a terrific tour de force performance, whereas Clark Gable in “GWTW” played Clark Gable. Montgomery Cliff in “From Here to Eternity” was fantastic! Some you win, and some you lose.

  • roger zotti

    Mickey Rourke, of course, for The Wrestler comes to mind, and going way back think of Steve Cochran’s great work in El Grido. Montgomery Clift for From here to Eternity and I Confess … But the biggest snub: Burt lancaster for Atlantic City … Women: Supporting Oscar to Shelley Winters for The Night of the Hunter…Thelma Ritter for almost anything she does… Gene Tierney for Leave Her to Heaven…

  • John Primavera

    Academy bigots chose the mediocore CRASH over
    BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN when Academy members Tony
    Curtis and Ernest Borgnine led a revolt against
    choosing a Gay love story. They tried to remedy
    the situation by selecting lesbian host Ellen De
    Generes thefollowing year. But the damage was
    done as a stunned Jack Nicholson opened the
    envelope to announce the winner…and we heard
    gasps from the audience. A grave injustice to
    a film of significant stature.

  • NameFrank DeCavalcante

    There are some wonderful responses to the article and most of my feelings are already noted. However, I feel compelled to share the following.

    1) Doris Day is one of the Hollywood greats who has never been recognized. It is high time that she be awarded a special Oscar, an AFI recognition, or at the least, a Kennedy Center Tribute. She was one of the great singers of the twentieth century, terrific in comedy, and outstanding in drama (Love Me or Leave Me.)

    2)The two acting awards for Shakespeare in love were undeserved. I love Judi Dench but that was a very minor role. Gwyneth Paltrow was lovely but did not deserve an Oscar. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth was a fuller, more nuanced performance that year.

    3) It still frosts me that Grace Kelly, because of playing against type, won over the spectacular performance of Judy Garland. I guess Grace’s sleeping with all her costars made her a favorite over the unreliable Judy.

    4) In the acting awards, it was criminal that Cary Grant, Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr never won Oscars, despite years of marvelous performances.

    5) I hate all that BS about Brokeback Mountain losing because of anti gay sentiment. I am gay myself and simply thought Crash was a much better movie. I was bored to death with Brokeback and I disliked Heath Ledger for lisping and making fun of gay men on a tv show around the time of the movies release to show how macho and non gay he really was.

    6) Why do we still care about the Oscars? They are not really based on excellence any more and the broadcast is a big, bloated boring event…and why do I still watch it?

    • http://twitter.com/Michael__Norris Michael Norris

      Who cares if you’re gay? If you’re straight, does that mean you’re entitled to say Casablanca wasn’t a good movie? Brokeback Mountain works as a commentary on society first, a depiction of the human psyche second, and a romance third. It has much more to do with your fascination with the human mind, and your view on society’s norms than it does on your sexual orientation.

  • Dave J

    In 1955 Doris Day starred with James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me and gave the best performance she has ever given in the best Bio dramatic musical of that year and many many others, Cagney should have one, he was nominated and at the very least Doris Day should have been nominated as best actress…the movie did win 3 awards and was nominated for 6.

  • Gord Jackson

    I agree with a lot of what has been said so I will begin by saying:

    (a) Judy Garland for “A Star is Born” over Grace Kelly for “The Country Girl” (with honourable mention to Dorothy Dandridge for “Carmen Jones”.

    (b) Fernanda Montenegro for “Central Station” over Gwyneth Paltrow for “Shakespeare in Love”

    (c) Paul Newman for “The Verdict” over Ben Kingsley, “Gandhi”.

    (d) Sal Mineo “Exodus” over Peter Ustinov, “Spartacus”.

    A few unfortunate non-noms: James Cagney, “Man of a Thousand Faces”, Doris Day, “Love Me or Leave Me”, Ralph Bellamy and Hume Cronyn, “Sunrise at Campobello”, Jean Simmons, “Home Before Dark” and Spencer Tracy being nominated for “The Old Man and the Sea” instead of the much superior, “The Last Hurrah!”

  • Buck Green

    The Academy makes some strange choices. I must agree with them with choosing Adrien Brody for “The Pianist”. That was a stunning performance. But not choosing Liam Neeson for “Schindler’s List” was ridiculous. And Dorothy Dandridge’s “Carmen Jones” losing out to Grace Kelly for “The Country Girl” was unbelievable, as was Heath Ledger’s “Brokeback Mountain” tour de force losing to Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s “Capote”. Toby Jones was much better playing Capote in “Infamous” and deservably won the British Academy Award. And finally, Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard” was better than either Bette Davis in “All About Eve” and Judy Holliday in “Born Yesterday.” Wonders never cease.

  • CE Carter

    One thing we need to keep in mind in regard to Oscar snubs is the fact that those individuals who cast ballots haven’t seen all the films and/or performances nominated. I agree with the comments that some of the Oscar winnings are based on politics. And more often than not, they’re also based on popularity.

    Michael O’Keefe (“The Great Santini” 1980) should have beat out Tim Hutton (“Ordinary People”) but keep in mind, this was a Robert Redford film, his directoral debut and he won the Oscar for Best Director. An equally strong argument in the Best Director and Supporting Actor categories that year can be made for Martin Scorsese’s and Joe Pesci’s work in “Raging Bull.”

    Whoppi Goldberg’s best film and Oscar-worthy performance was with Sissy Spacek in “The Long Walk Home” (1990). I agree with Joe Gideon, Goldberg’s Oscar for “Ghost” was a popularity vote.

    “Last of the Mohicans” (1992) -which wasn’t even nominated- should have won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Imagine, if you will, “Hoffa” with Jack Nicholson, and “Unforgiven” with Clint Eastwood, were BOTH nominated for Best Cinematography(!?).

    If I may add to Mario Brescio’s list of snubs: Adolf Caesar in “A Soldier’s Story” (1984) over James Coco. (Caesar won the 1985 LA Film Critics Association Award, and was nominated for, but did not win, The Golden Globe for his performance. So sad, but as a song featured in this film so aptly put it, “It’s a low down dirty shame …”).

    As For Judy Dench’s Oscar win for a “little bitty” role, consider the late Beatrice Straight’s performance opposite William Holden in “Network” (1976), and, more recently, John Ortiz’s riveting one-scene performance in “Narc” (2002) with Ray Liotta and Jason Patric. Definitely Oscar-worthy.

    As for Halle Berry’s Oscar win for “Monster’s Ball”, did Kim Bassinger deserve an Oscar for “L.A. Confidential” ??

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  • masterofoneinchpunch

    1979: Peter Sellers (Being There) over Dustin Hoffman.

    This is the snub that made me care a lot less about the Oscars. Sellers was snubbed before, but his timeless performance as Chance The Gardner to me was one of his best.

  • Helen Bennett

    Colin Firth over Jeff Bridges for “A Single Man.” Helen Mirren over Sandra Bullock for “The Last Station.” Both in 2009.

  • classicbecky

    I couldn’t believe Elizabeth Taylor won best actress for Butterfield 8 over Melina Mercouri in Never On Sunday or Shirley Maclaine in The Apartment. Talk about a pity vote for Elizabeth. And the greatest snub of all, in my opinion, was not giving Best Actor to Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff! Elizabeth got it for Best Actress, and she was good, but Burton’s performance was tour de force! Who knows what goes through voters’ minds?

  • Sally

    Colin Clive should have at least have been nominated as best supporting actor for HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT in 1937. It was supporting work at its best, in that his presence was felt throughout the whole film…even when he was not on screen. It was his malevolent character that kept a lovely romance from floating away like a bubble.

  • Shane

    The 2 largest and most jarring snubs for me (over 80 years) was the Bette Davis losing the award for the performance of her career in ALL ABOUT EVE.
    Secondly, and more shocking was the fact that the most celebrated and awarded film of 2006 (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) could be passed over for the only BEST PICTURE award it didn’t win that year. Homophobia should have no place in artistic film evaluation. I must add that 2006 was the last year I have been able to take these awards in any serious was at all.

  • Theresa

    1943: The delightful and highly talented Jean Arthur in “The More the Merrier” should have won over Jennifer Jones in “The Song of Bernadette”. Jennifer Jones was terrific in “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” in the late 1950s but did not have the fully developed talent of Jean Arthur in 1943. Great comedies are sadly neglected in Oscar wins.

  • Valerie Pastore

    Judy Garland for A Star Is Born…I still lose my mind everytime I think of Grace Kelly getting that oscar…As Groucho Marks said of the Oscar snub to Judy…”That was the greatest robbery since Brinks”…

  • Edward

    Peter O”Toole: Lawrence of Arabia & The Lion in Winter. Gergory Peck was great in To Kill a Mockingbird but the competition against him for Lion in Winter? Steve McQueen: Papillon. Paul Newman: The Verdict & Cool Hand Luke.

  • Steve the Prez

    1956 Best Actor Kirk Douglas [Lust for Life] over Yul Brenner [King and I]

  • JKN

    As others have pointed out, Oscars are given in following years to make up for not granting one correctly for the actual winning performance.
    Judi Dench won the Supporting Actress nod for Shakespeare in Love because the Oscar was the only award she did NOT receive the previous year for Mrs. Brown (Golden Globe, BAFTA, ScreenActors Guild, etc. etc.). The Oscar went to Helen Hunt for As Good As it Gets.
    Elizabeth Taylor won for Butterfield 8 because she did not receive the Oscar previously for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

    Clive Owen should have won for Supporting (Closer) instead of Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), but it was Mr. Freeman’s turn . . .

    I agree, Edward Norton for American History X instead of Roberto Bengini.

    When I saw Monster’s Ball in the theater in NYC, I knew Berry would get the Best Actress Oscar. The only down side was her acceptance speech in which she did not acknowledge her peer’s compliment to her work in the film.

    Thanks to all of the above, it was great reading your comments!

  • Tom

    I never tire of repeating that the most ludicrous Oscar choice of all time was Rocky as Best Picture in 1977. I don’t care how popular or beloved it is, that movie is the most maudlin, cliched piece of hackneyed tripe I’ve ever seen. Even worse, it was chosen over two truly superior, highly original, and profoundly influential movies — Taxi Driver and Network — that have only grown in appreciation and acclaim over the years. Of course, the other two nominees — All The President’s Men and Bound for Glory — were also far better movies than Rocky. As far as I’m concerned, you could choose any Woody Woodpecker cartoon and top Stallone’s hyperbolic melodrama anyday.

  • LoLo

    1) Julia Roberts (Erin Brokovich) over Ellen Burstyn (Requiem For A Dream): the worst Academy misstep in modern history, and the last time I even thought about taking the Oscars seriously.

    2) Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday) over Bette Davis (All About Eve) AND Gloria Swanson (Sunset Blvd.)??? C’mon, really???

    3) “Best Picture” nonsense: Crash (a hack production which played more like a bad TV movie) over Brokeback Mountain, a glorious, beautiful and incredibly memorable film. ’nuff said.

    4) Halle Berry winning an Oscar for anything. Insanity.

    5) And most recently and appallingly, the innocuous Sandra Bullock’s average performance in the mediocre and sappy film ‘The Blind Side’ over Meryl Streep’s wondrous reincarnation of Julia Child in ‘Julie and Julia.’ Unbelievable and downright maddening.

  • ptb

    the awards are hollywood politics personafied. take a film or actor in a great role, and see if they fit the mold of “popular” issues of the time. and many actor categories were given as “make ups” for aging actors on their way out. just a frustrating reality for fans.

  • David

    A Life Achievement Honorary Oscar for Edward G. Robinson at his life’s end was excellent, but he was never NOMINATED for a competive one in his life. I’d have handed out Life Achievement Honorary Oscars to James Cagney, Boris Karloff, William Powell, Vincent Price and John Wayne, as well. Each year now, I hope for one for Doris Day.

  • Frank Guerrasio

    Doris Day in “Love Me or Leave Me.” Stephanie Bachelor in “Lady of Burlesque.” Mary Boland in “The Women” AND “Pride and Prejudice.”

  • Kimberly Hawk

    Here are a couple:

    Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”
    Bette Davis for “All About Eve”
    Meryl Streep for “Julie & Julia”

    I’m still smarting over “Annie Hall” over “Star Wars,” too.

  • Jackie Romagnano

    anybody over Mel Gibson or Kevin Costner

  • Hiram Grant

    All sorts of gfreat genre movies are far superior to many Oscar winners. In one decade, consider North by Northwest, Some Like It Hot, and Ride Lonesome in 1959, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Seven Men From Now and The Killing in 1956, and The Lusty Men, Scarmouche, The Narrow Margin, and Singin’ in the Rain in 1952 over Ben-Hur, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Greatest Show on Earth

  • Eddie Stair

    Jim Singleton, I agree. Val Kilmer was great in Tombstone. Classic western movie if ever there was one. “I’ll be your huckleberry!”

  • bogart10

    HEY MARIO….THE REASON BETTE DAVIS DID NOT WIN THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR “ALL ABOUT EVE” WAS BECAUSE ANNE BAXTER WOULD NOT ACCEPT A SUPPORTING PLAYER NOMINATION…THEREFORE, THEY CANCELLED EACH OTHER OUT AND JUDY HOLIDAY WALKED AWAY WITH THE AWARD….SHOULD BE RENAMED “ALL ABOUT EVIL MS. BAXTER”.. HA, HA….WRONG…. SHE WAS GREAT IN ANYTHING SHE DID.

  • patricia

    i think montgomery clif was robbed by not winning for from here to eternity the award that year went to william holden

  • Rob Z

    Peter Sellers should’ve won Best Actor for his role as Chance in Being There. Instead it went to Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs Kramer. The later was a more timely film, but Being There is a better and more important one. Seller was brilliant as the simple gardner that somehow seems a deep thinker to everyone around him.

  • Kirk

    Peter O’Toole in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA should have won over Gregory Peck in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I love both parts but O’Toole mesmerizes me every time as Lawrence, my all time favorite performance from an actor. Period.

  • Trystan

    My all time favorite performane was in a class by itself. ROSALIND RUSSELL in AUNTIE MAME. The heart, love, comedy and drama performance in this film, made it the biggest snubbed performance of all time.

  • Trystan

    Rosalind Russell should have won over Susan Hayward for “I want to Live”

  • Trystan

    Judy Holliday over. BETTE DAVIS in All about Eve. That is the biggest acting slap ever….and Crash over BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (which wone every single award from every organization)……

    They should be re-named the Popularity of the Moment Award.

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  • Roger Lindberg

    Enjoyed all the Oscar comments and agreed with almost everyone! Let’s face it—–it is all “the P’s”—–politics and popularity. We peons will have to just continue to grin and bear it—-or not go to the movies at all anymore! It’s nice that we all have this outlet to complain and give personal opinions.

  • Joyce B

    Bette Davis in All About Eve gets my vote for the biggest snub and I think that Gloria Swanson was a very close second. Billie Holiday was good, but not as good as Bette Davis was. As evidenced by the passionate comments, there were many snubs that were right on in my opinion.

    I also agree with Edward Norton over Benigni. His performance was simply incredible. There have been so many travesties over the years that it just gets me upset to think about them so I just don’t. Watching the Oscars has become less than exciting. Too bad, cause I used to really look forward to them.

  • Stephanie

    Never, never, never will I get past the awarding of the Best Actress Oscar to Grace Kelly for “The Country Girl” instead of Judy Garland for “A Star is Born” in (I think) 1955. How could they do that? AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!

  • Lisa Hawkins

    I agree with most of the above (haven’t seen as many contemporary movies as classic ones) and will add:
    (1) Kirk Douglas: “Ace in the Hole”; “The Bad and The Beautiful”; “Lust for Life” – many more!
    (2) Rosalind Russell: “The Women”; “His Girl Friday”; “The Women”; “Mourning Becomes Electra” – many more!
    (3) Dirk Bogarde:
    “The Servant”; “Accident”; “The Damned”; “Death in Venice” – for starters!
    (4) Lynn Redgrave in “Georgy Girl” should have won in 1966!
    (5) The late Susannah York – “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969): how did she lose to Goldie Hawn in “Cactus Flower”?!
    Oh well – too many more to list! But I know everyone gets the picture! (no pun intended)

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  • sweetpea

    As far as snubs go I think Cher got one when she made MASK. MOONSTRUCK was a good movie but her performance did not compare to what she did in MASK

  • Charles Arnold

    Rosalind Russell should have received so much more recognition. Her Auntie Mame or Gypsy show cased the talents of a really great Actress. In addition, all the talents of Doris Day should be rewarded.

  • Marjorie

    1998 – Shakespeare in Love takes something like 7 awards, including….

    best picture vs. Elizabeth, Life is Beautiful and Saving Private Ryan. huh?

    best actress vs. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (probably the one thing Cate deserved an award for)

    Best costuming vs. Elizabeth and VELVET GOLDMINE (You watch velvet goldmine for Jonathan Rhys Meyers and the costuming).

    Best art direction vs. Elizabeth, Saving pt. ryan, Pleasantville…

    Best supporting actress to Judi Dench – OK… so Joan Allen didn’t get nominated and it wasn;t really a year for meaty supporting actress roles.

    Best original screenplay vs Saving Pt. Ryan and Life is Beautiful.

    As far as I’m concerned its only value is in making a nice transition movie-snack/potty break if you were doing a Shakespearean movie marathon and wanted a cheery segue from Romeo and Juliet into Twelfth Night. But that’s if you spend half the time out of the room making popcorn…

    Every film up against Shakespeare in Love can consider themselves snubbed.

  • John Bennett

    You must remember this, you must remember THIS….the oscars are an AMERICAN INSTITUTION! Regardless of the quality of the story, movie, diercting and acting skill, on the whole, it’ll the the Americans saying to the film world, “Well, we are the best…so there.” Yes now and then they’ll endeavour to try and give a little statue to someone overseas.

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  • Dave J

    OK, here is my one head scratching Oscar moment for everyone. James Cagney gave the best performance of his life in “Love Me or Leave Me” . He was nominated for best actor but it went to Ernest Borgnine. Love Me or Leave Me was also the pinacle for Doris Day as well but she was totally snubbed with no nomination. She held her own with Cagney and it still is their best work as far as I am concerned. Today if not for the British, aka Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Firth, etc. we’d have really lousy films. The so called comedies being made today are not even worthy of being called B movies… Jeff Bridges is a good example of our best in the US plus the Coen Brothers. Spielbery is lazy and consumed with politics, I mean Sandra Bullock and Jenifer Aniston cannot act and yet they get paid these huge sums of money. In Bullock’s case it was just so weak in her category that she won for selling the most movie tickets. Mery Streep is another fantastic actress we’d be lost without. As for the wonderful days when we had “Movie Stars” that could also act…I cannot think of any movie stars other than Nicole Kidman who fits that bill and George Clooney, both look like movie stars and both can act. About 10 people saw “NINE” last year and yet Daniel Day Lewis was brilliant in that and had the original material the movie was based on had better songs it would have been a huge hit. The bad songs were all that ruined the film. I hope it will not deter work for Rob Marshall, he is a brilliant Director and we could use more good musicals. I have watched NINE that was universally panned by critics and I find more in it to love each viewing. Maybe once all the people with bad bad taste in Hollywood leave American movies will once again be worth the money of a ticket. Ryan Gosling is brilliant and his movie Blue Valentine has hardly made 10 million yet. It is impossible to even find a theatre where it is playing. All the good films are held till Christmas then they play a week or two then have to make room for more Vampire or Comedy movies in order to sell tickets. The big Oscar night is coming up but everyone knows from the pre press that Colin Firth will win for The King’s Speech…no surprises anymoresince the Weinsteins began to buy Oscars with the media blitz. Colin Firth was better in The Girl with one Pearl Earring and last years A Single Man but this year it is his prize but they ignore nominating Ryan Gosling who so far as I can see has never been bad in any of his films and only gets better. All I can say is thank you Godfor giving us DVD’s. After all the hype and bad movies are gone movie lovers can enjoy what they want to see over and over again and decide for themselves.And one more thank you goes to the only channel on my TV I’d really miss were it to vanish and that is TCM. Robert Osborne is also a national treasure.

  • Jay A. Stockwell

    It’s great to hear the educated opinions of other movie nuts like myself. Keep ‘em coming

  • SylvanWiz

    I think MICHAEL CLARK DUNCAN should have won over Michael Caine for his potrayal of John Coffey as MCD definitely was exceptional in his special role. 1999

    I think both Liam Neeson & Ralph Fiennes should have won Best Actor and Supporting Actor in support of the win of Best Movie of Schindler’s List. 1993

    I think Daniel Day Lewis should have won for “Gangs of New York” over Adrian Brody, but, a close call. However; The movie should have won over Chicago or, The LOTR: The Two Towers could have won it as well for best picture.

    And, last but not least, Saving Private Ryan or the Thin Red Line should have won over Shakespeare in Love for best Picture.

  • roger zotti

    Monty Clift was snubbed and snubbed, and more recently Mickey Rourke for, of course, The Wrestler. Then there’s Edward G. Robinson. More recently, Annette Benning and Joan Cusack. I think back to Strangers on a Train and the sinister Robert Walker and the wacky Marian Lorne as his mother.

  • Howard Roller

    Lots of Oscar inequities but none worse than Lee Marvin for Cat Ballou. All the other nominees were better: Olivier for Othello, Burton for Spy Who Came In From Cold, Steiger for Pawnbroker and my favorite, Oskar Werner for Ship of Fools.

  • Howard Roller

    Worst ever Best Picture pick was 1952 Greatest Show on Earth. This was a political snub against High Noon. Similarly American in Paris won over Streetcar Named Desire. Kazan hadn’t ratted out his friends to HUAC yet, so he was shown he’d never get an Oscar till he did.

  • Anonymous.

    You’re kidding, right? I stopped paying attention to the Oscars show years ago. Speaking strictly as a person with a brain, I just don’t see how it can be taken seriously. Besides, whatever acting in front of a film or video camera may actually be, it sure isn’t an art form. No less an expert on the subject than Marlon Brando offered this well considered viewpoint years ago. And I have no doubt about the fact that he was absolutely right.

  • jepressman

    The recipe for an Oscar win is a lot like a stew recipe, alittle of this and a little of that,ie: story, impact with the public, acting, production music, Hollywood politics, box office success or not, and what tickles their collective fancy. The Oscar shouldn’t be an echo of critics awards. It should be what the Ampas members decide.I do know this that the Oscar as an award for the entire industry has gone off track over the last five/six years,choosing films the critics push over well-made, well-acted interesting stories that the movie public likes.The net result are winners that are not financial or popular successes, movies which have to be introduced to an indifferent public. Not a good place to be for the entire industry.

  • roger lynn

    I like to see more comedies performances nominated–the worst snubs–fred astaire was great in towering Inferno over DeNiro in Godfather 2–lisa kudrow should of won for opposite of sex in stead of Judi Dench-who was robbed for Mrs Brown…and my all time fave–Barbara Stanwyck should of won for any of her 4 nominations stella dallas,ball of fire,double indemnity(she was robbed on that one),sorry wrong number way ahead of jane wyman in johnny belinda,,clint eastwood was a revelation in gran torino…..i disagree on some lee marvin was deserving,gregory peck was more than great in my all time fave fim to kill a mockingbird-it should of won best picture and the score by elmer berstein should of won as well….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JT5OIQNAJCAUTLFGAQHTIMRQ Travis

      Fred Astaire in “Towering Inferno” over DeNiro in “Godfather II?”

      Not then, not now, not ever.

  • roger lynn

    Peter o’toole was a revelation in his greatest performance The Lion in Winter.jill clayburgh an unmarried women.sigourney weaver copy cat,,lauren bacall mirror has 2 faces,barbra streisand the way we were,angela bassett whats love got to do with it ,,ellen page juno,,robert downey jr tropical thunder,,bruce davison longtime companion,,lisa kudrow opposite of sex-far ahead of judi dench 7min performance(kudrow didnt even get nominated–)fre astaire,jennifer jones in towering inferno–it should of won best picture..juanita moore imitation of life,,edithe evans the chalk garden,,(should of won best pic,actress for ms kerr)..

  • Dwight Davis

    Saving Private Ryan should have won best picture instead of Shakespeare in Love. I also consider Myrna Loy not getting an Oscar nomination a snub.

  • Dave Brandel

    Margaret Hamilton for 1939 Best Supporting Actress instead of Hattie McDaniel, even though she didn’t even get nominated.

  • CJ

    This is why I NEVER watch the awards shows anymore. It’s all about playing the “game”.

  • Alice Lund

    One of the great performances, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. Snubbed!

  • Dolores Tamoria

    I saw both films Sandra Bullock in Blind Side and
    Meryl Streep in the Julia Childs film. Both films wer enjoyable but NOT Acadamy Award Films.

    Henry Fonda should have won the Oscar for Grapes of Wrath.

    I do not watch the Academy Awards, Dull and Boring

  • Roger MacEvoy

    I remember watching the Blind side to see what the buzz was all about. I still have no idea.

    You have to often look at the films and how they will be remembered, really is the Blind Side going to be remembered that long. I have a feeling it is already on the 6.99 shelf on grocery stores. Whereas Grapes of Wrath with Henry Fonda’s fantastic performance pointed out earlier is still priced for its popularity.

    As for Kate Hudson, I think the sappy same old roles she continues to play over and over again say it all. Marsha Gay harden was robbed.

  • NylesG

    1963 – Peter O’Toole as Lawrence of Arabia losing to Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird”.

    O’Toole has repeatedly given tour de force performances and has been repeatedly snubbed. Hell, he should have gotten a nod for his delightful turn mocking himself in “My Favorite Year”.

  • ArthurJ

    What about all the snubs for one of the greatest directors who ever lived, Alfred Hitchcock. Vertigo, Rear Window and North By Northwest are masterpieces in the art of direction. They are also timeless in what they say.

    • kathleenwong

      Didn’t he win for Rebecca in 1940? 

      • Wayne P.

        No, Rebecca only won the best picture Oscar, but Hitch failed to get it for best director.

  • Brian

    Gena Rowlands performance in A Woman Under the Influence is one of the most unforgettable and amazing performances I have ever seen and there should have been a tie that year with the Best Actress winner which was Ellen Burstyn who won it for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

  • Joan Henn

    I never watch the Academy Awards anymore and haven’t
    for a long time. They ARE boring and the choices are
    unbelievable in each category. I am sure it is Politics and Popularity as one comment says and that
    rules nowadays. Some of the movies, today, are remakes as they have run out of ideas, I guess. They
    need to choose better people on the Committee that
    chooses the awards and who have better taste. Also
    less favoritism would help. Let’s face it, they should stop awarding the Oscar altogether and clean up their act!

  • chris mattson

    THE BIGGEST OVERSIGHT IS THE SNUB OF IRENE DUNNE WHO PROVIDED QUALITY ENJOYMENT THROUGH NUMEROUS MOVIES OVER THE YEARS. I’D VOTE FOR ENJOYMENT MOVIES OVER ARTSY MOVIES EVERYTIME. LIKE HER CO-STARS WHO WERE ALSO BELITTLED(CARY GRANT). ANOTHER ACTRESS THAT DIDN’T GET CREDIT FOR THE ENJOYMENT MOVIES SHE PROVIDED IS MAUREEN O’HARA. SHE TOO WORKED WITH CO-STARS THAT WERE BELITTLED(JOHN WAYNE). THEIR MOVIES PROUDLY HAVE A PROUD PLACE ON MY SHELVES.

    • kathleenwong

      Irene Dunn, wow, what range… I remember Mama, to My Favorite Wife with Cary, on and on.
      I never miss her movies on TCM.

  • Rick

    Natalie Wood deserved to win two of her three Oscar losses: in ’61 over Sophia Loren For “Splendor In the Grass” and in ’63 for “Love With the Proper Stranger” over Patricia Neal. Even Ms. Neal agreed.

  • Blythe Kearney

    Barbara Stanwyck never won and that is robbery. A magnificent actress(and she could ride a horse to perfection). Bette Davis was robbed too many times,especially “All About Eve>”.

  • Joe Buonocore

    When the delightful Judy Holliday won the best actress Oscar for “Born Yesterday” many thought that her co-nominees Bette Davis or Gloria Swanson should have won. Yet we tend to forget about nominee Eleanor Parker who gave an exceptional performance in the prison drama “Caged”. Anne Baxter was the fifth nominee for “All About Eve”.
    After all is said and done my vote is for Gloria Swanson as the formidable Norma Desmond in “Sunset Blvd.”
    Cheers to all five ladies!

  • S Judy

    Joaquin Phoenix for Gladiator over Benecio Del Toro (who was good too).

  • Robert Stewart

    Should Have Won (Some weren’t even nominated) Judy Garland for both A Star Isw Born & Judgement At Nurenburg; Garbo for Camille;Peter O,Toole for Lawreence Of Arabia;James Mason for A Star Is Born;Irene Dunne for I Remember Mama;both James Cagney & Doris Day for Love Me Or Leave Me;Paulette Goddard for So Proudly We HailTyrone Power for Nightmare Alley.

  • Mary Anna

    Here’s what I can’t believe: That Barbara Stanwyck never won an Oscar! Check out the movies “Ball of Fire”,”Double Indemnity” and “Stella Dallas” just to name a few.

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  • A Scolaro

    Edward G Robinson never nominated for an Academy Award. The Sea Wolf, Little Caesar, Double Indemnity, Key Largo, etc.

  • Susan

    I haven’t watched the Oscars since I was a teen and realized what a joke they are. The list is endless of brilliant actors and actresses snubbed over the years. Why is it that we are still watching the movies of days gone by and aware of the junk they are pumping out today and ignoring it in droves. Maybe Oscar didn’t think so but we all know these people deserved Oscars because they still entertain us decades later better than anything new that has come along. From Myrna Loy to William Powell, Steve McQueen to Natalie Wood, Doris Day, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Dana Andrews, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly for goodness sake tell me one of them wasn’t worthy….Judy Garland, Irene Dunne, Robert Young, Fred MacMurray, Debbie Reynolds, Thelma Ritter like I said the list is endless and shameful !!

    • kathleenwong

      How About best song… remember the spook of “Wasn’t even nominated”  the Academy bombs out in a lot of places…. 

  • Justin

    The Year: 1967
    The Winner: Katharine Hepburn
    The REAL Winner: Audrey Hepburn

    First, I’ll never forgive the academy’s snub in ’64- ignored for My Fair Lady because she didn’t sing for herself? HA- then why did Deborah Kerr receive a nomination for The King and I in ’56? Politics- pure and simple… but that’s another tale…

    Sadly, the Academy snubbed Hepburn again in ’67 with their failure to nominate her superb performance in Two for the Road. With this performance and her depiction of Suzi Hendrix in Wait Until Dark, Hepburn tackled two different and challenging roles in the same year.

    No offense to Kate, Anne, Faye, or Edith, but Audrey deserved the Oscar, if not for Two for the Road, certainly for her work in Wait Until Dark.

  • Connie

    1950: Bette Davis(All About Eve)should have won over Judy Holiday.
    1951: Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire) over Humphrey Bogart.
    1953: Deborah Kerr (From Here To Eternity) over Audrey Hepburn.
    1954: Judy Garland (A Star is Born) over Grace Kelly.
    1963: Peter O’Toole Lawrence of Arabia [over Gregory Peck-To kill a mockingbird] – they both should have rec’d an award
    1964: Agnes Moorehead (Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte) over Lila Kedrova.
    1973: Barbra Streisand (The Way We Were) or Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist) over Glenda Jackson.
    1974: Al Pacino (The Godfather II) over Art Carney
    1981: Warren Beatty (Reds) over Henry Fonda.
    1982: Dustin Hoffman (Tootsie) over Ben Kingsley.
    All time achievement awards: From Edward G. Robinson to Myrna Loy to William Powell, Steve McQueen to Natalie Wood, Doris Day, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Dana Andrews, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly will never understand why one of them wasn’t worthy….Judy Garland, Irene Dunne, Robert Young, Fred MacMurray, Debbie Reynolds, Thelma Ritter like I said the list is endless and shameful !!

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricemitsos Patrice Mitsos

      Connie:  yes, you bring up some good ones.  I do love Judy Holiday (I think it was “Born Yesterday” she won for that year)…but All About Eve is a gem…and yet another film I’ve seen at least 50 times.
      1963 Awards was a STELLAR year for acting and great films, because 1962 produced such gems for both actors and actresses.  Another 1962 film and actor that could have easily won was “The Days of Wine and Roses” and Jack Lemmon as Best Actor for his part.  I think there’s a film class at DePaul in Chicago that just focused on American films of 1962.  “Lolita” was also made in 1962.  “The Miracle Worker” (but both Bancroft and Duke won for their respective roles). 

      I totally agree with Warren Beatty not winning for Reds.  And, seeing the year, Diane Keaton must have lost to Katharine Hepburn that year not for “Shoot the Moon”, but for “Reds”.  That was a mistake.

  • Diane Wilmanski

    I agree with everything Connie wrote!!

    Another favorite, whom I believe was the most nominated actor, but never one, was Richard Burton.

    My favorites of his:
    1953 The Robe (along with co-star Jean Simmons);
    1964 Becket;
    1969 Anne of A Thousand Days.

    All terrific films.

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  • Doghousereilly1

    I still can’t fathom how John Wayne wasn’t even nominated for “The Searchers.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricemitsos Patrice Mitsos

      He couldn’t act, that’s why.

  • Doghousereilly1

    Oh, and Bogart as Fred Dobbs in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wendy-Hughes/1846473057 Wendy Hughes

    Judy Garland in “A Star is Born”.  She was absolutely fabulous in that and she got robbed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricemitsos Patrice Mitsos

      Absolutely…that’s another one.   They GAVE it to glamour queen Grace Kelly for “The Country Girl” instead.  Come on.

    • billyboy53

      IT WAS JUST THE REVENGE OF HOLLYWOOD TYPES WHO DIDN’T LIKE HER FOR HER TEMPERAMENTAL OUTBURSTS.  I’D SAY A STAR WHO SAVED MGM WITH HER WONDERFUL PERFORMANCES SHOULD BE ALLOWED A LITTLE TEMPERAMENT.  GRACE KELLY WAS LIKE MARJORIE MAIN IN HER “WINNING” PERFORMANCE COMPARED TO JUDY’S IN “A STAR IS BORN”. HIGHWAY ROBBERY.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYUH433JWRK7UZB4E224ELIAPE spindrift

    Worst Oscar snub in cinema history is that of Cary Grant. I mean, Cary Grant! Come ON!

  • Publius

    Ah!  I could write a book!  As a matter of fact I wrote an article for my college newspaper once called “Movies That Hollywood Forgot.”
    Lon Chaney Sr.  Never got anything for his excellent work in make-up, direction, writing and superlative acting.  Created the modern horror film as we know it today.
    “Young Mr. Lincoln.”  A superlative film that included Lincoln’s speeches, letters, sayings, based on an actual case that Lincoln tried to get his cousin free, and despite the excellent production values, historical accuracies, and great acting by everyone, it never received anything from the academy.
    Most of Hitchcock’s work–especially “Psycho”–never got a single academy award, even though the film has influenced generations and generations of filmmakers.

  • Robert0320

    So many, how about for Best Picture CITIZEN KANE instead of HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941)  ADVENTURE OF ROBIN HOOD instead of YOU CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938) and HIGH NOON instead of THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricemitsos Patrice Mitsos

      Gosh…yes…that was a definite Faux Pas on the Academy’s part.  They so often don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

  • Pepe38

    Certainly agree on both Rod Steiger and William H. Macy getting the shaft. Makes you wonder what the voters in the academy were smoking when they cast their votes.

  • Ericstone6

    Genevieve Bujold losing out to Maggie Smith. Genevieve was fantastic as the doomed queen Ann Boleyn. No other actress has ever come close to matching her performance. Later performances in Coma, Choose Me and Dead Ringers should have brought her another Academy Award nomination. But it wasn’t to happen. Anyone with enough acting talent and charisma to make one sit through the train wreck that is Earthquake should get an Academy Award just for that alone

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricemitsos Patrice Mitsos

    SO MANY to choose from.  Four that come immediately to mind are:

    1. Ron Howard for “Apollo 13″….that film should have won Best Picture, or at least, a Best Director for him.  It’s a great film.
    2. Diane Keaton for “Shoot the Moon”.  I think that this was her absolute best piece of acting…ever.  I wish she’d return to drama.  She is sublime in it. I don’t know who her competition was that year, but I have a feeling it was Katharine Hepburn, who won it for “On Golden Pond” (but, Shoot the Moon might have come out in 1980, whereas OGP came out in 1981). 
    3. Dame Judy Dench for “Mrs. Brown”.  Gwyneth OVER-RATED Paltrow won that year.  It was ABOMINABLE.  What a damn sham.  SHAM, as well as shame. 
    4. Also, a BIG ONE, Ginger Rogers won Best Actress in 1941 for “Kitty Hawk” over Katharine Hepburn for “The Philadelphia Story”….this was COMPLETELY OBNOXIOUS.  bad, bad, bad…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/patricemitsos Patrice Mitsos

      OK…I checked the database.  Keaton wasn’t even nominated in 1981 for “Shoot the Moon” (1980).  However, Sissy Spacek won that year from Coal Miner’s Daughter…I won’t argue with that one.  Maybe if the two of them tied, however.  Keaton was absolutely magnificent in that role…and I always hope she has the opportunity to play another very dramatic, sad, angry role again. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JT5OIQNAJCAUTLFGAQHTIMRQ Travis

      Dench was nominated the year BEFORE Paltrow and lost to Helen Hunt (horrors!).

      Dench did win the same year as Paltrow from the same film.

      • Lauradyoung

        Paltrow beat out Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth. What a joke…

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricemitsos Patrice Mitsos

    Another one, for directing.  Robert Redford won it for “Ordinary People” in 1981, but Martin Scorsese should have won it for “Raging Bull”.  A HUGE snub there.  As much as I loved “Ordinary People”, it was no comparison to the artistry of “Raging Bull”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricemitsos Patrice Mitsos

    A HUGE one for directing was Sidney Lumet…genius director…losing an Oscar for “Network” to John G. Avildsen for “Rocky”.

    This was a complete disgrace.

  • Mcarlevale

    And all the wonderful performances of Sir Alex Guinness! Such an oversight.

    • billyboy53

      DIDN’T GUINNESS WIN THE BEST ACTOR OSCAR FOR “THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI”?  IF NOT, HE SHOULD HAVE.

      • kathleenwong

        yes

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ER2E2GJI2X2ND3ZBDYDA57KC3E nickk

    Well lets look at best picture, that is where it has been very bad. Citizen Kane losing to How Green Was My Valley for 41, In 49, The Third Man losing to All The Kings Men. Showing how times have changed, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, not nominated for anything, and In The Heat Of The Night winning. I’m not saying the later is a bad picture, but just look where the former ranks to the later in this day and age. Even as a 11 years old in 1969, I knew something did not make sense when 2001 was not nominated for best picture. Carol Reed did deserve best director, and a film of his did deserve best picture, but that was for the Third Man, not for Oliver. For 69 Midnight Cowboy was a breakthrough film, but sadly, Once Upon A Time In the West was severely cut in the US, but even if it had not, it would still have suffered the same fate as Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. This is a list that could go on and on. 

    • Christiana19119

      So right about “The Third Man” — one of the best movies ever made.

  • Burt

    Richard Burton never won an Oscar. That is  hard to believe. Everything he made was Oscar winning especially Who’s Affraid of Virginia Wolf

    • Alton Robertson

       Burton was robbed far too many times, esp. for “Becket” and “Woolf.”

  • Ciannello

    Jack Lemmon should have won Best Actor for Days of Wine & Roses. He showed that he could make the jump from comedy to drama. Yes, Gregory Peck was good in To Kill A Mockingbird, but it was just another Gregory Peck standard role.

    • Alton Robertson

      Not just a “standard” Gregory Peck role. it is the role he will forever be remembered!

  • Kcandelori

    I was sickend when Joe Pesci won for Best Supporting Actor for 1990′s Goodfella’s over Graham Greene as Kicking Bird in Dances With Wolves !!  Mr. Greene made you smile, he made you laugh, and he made you cry !!  One could have fallen in love with the guy !!  This comment comes to you from a full blooded Italian from NJ, so I would know that there’s 1000′s of men who could have played Pesci’s role. All one had to do was act totally off the wall, like a “zip tart” addicted to cocaine, and use the “F” word 10 times in one sentence. I grew up around many man who that came naturally to. I myself use the “F” word plenty, and even I thought that character went so over the top with it, that it actually made that character seem like a farce. Once in each sentence is plenty !!  How the academy could have given that Oscar to Pesci over Greene’s regal, outstanding performance, where you knew what he was thinking before he even said it, is beyond me. Gee, could it have been because in 1991, the academy was still being criticized for discriminating against Black actors, that they couldnt possibly give it to a very deserving America Native ?? Perhaps they were afraid of the “fall out” it would have caused. Pesci winning over Greene literally insulted my intelligance !!  If I recall correctly, even Pesci, during his acceptance speach stated that he was not prepared thinking that this award would be going to Graham !! Shame on the academy for such an oversight, slap in the face, and well…………………… just a discusting really bad call !!!   

  • Kcandelori

    Not to lessen in any way the performance of Hattie McDaniel in 1939′s Gone with the Wind, but its affect has fallen wayside. (As did the movie itself.)  Unlike Margaret Hamilton’s extraordinary performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz” !!  No one, and I repeat………… NO ONE has surpassed her portrayal of a witch since !!!  She remains – The Witch of all Time !! Im sure most would agree to at least that !!!  As I vaguely remember doing myself the first couple of years I saw that movie, I still witness children jump in the laps of their mother or father when she suddenly appears, out of a cloud of red/orange smoke, in munchkinland !!  Although I dont jump in my Mom’s lap any longer (God forbid, I wouldnt want to break her hip), but that is still quite a thrill even for me at the age of 48 !!!  Now there is something to be said for that !!!  After almost 75 years, The Wizard of Oz has surpassed Gone with the Wind 75 times !!!  Gone with the Wind………….. Went with the Wind !!!  And without a doubt, the strongest, and best perfomance delivered to us from the Wizard of Oz was played by Margaret Hamilton. Her laughs, outbursts, and even words and actions, portray nothing but what most would imagine a real witch’s would !!!  Some of her lines are still used as everyday jokes. “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too” !!  “You wanna play ball scarecrow” !!  “Curse it – you fool” !!  “Im melting-Im melting” !!  And as Ms. Gultch.. “That dog is a menace to society” !!  Just to name a few !! Hamilton was… ”Good to the last Drop” !! The Academy should award her an honorary Oscar !!   

    • Crafty-lady

      I agree! Margaret Hamilton should have gotten the oscar for her part in the Wizard of Oz. You said it very well!

    • irishladyforever

       enough with the exclamation points !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jerry j.

    I have always thought that there should have a duo best actor award for Amadeus, with F. Murray A. and Tom Hulse.  Hulse is going to be Mozart in everyone’s mind forever.  

  • jerry j.

    My bad about Amadeus; Tom Hulse should have been spelled Hulce. 

  • Don in Chico.

    Maureen O’Hara is still alive, if she is next Oscar, why not give her one, come on Hollywood, do the right thing.

  • Parkerr71

    shakespeare in love over saving private ryan? of course speilberg got screwed for years! e.t. lost… raiders of the lost ark…..color purple…….

    • Lauradyoung

      AND Gwyneth Paltrow over Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth? One of the biggest robberies of an Academy Award I have ever seen!

  • anonymous

    Doris Day, not even nominated for but gave the performance of her life in LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME.
    How she missed out on the Oscar is beyond me. That and Garland’s STAR IS BORN are the 2 greatest Oscar mistakes in history. 

  • Ron

    You are so right. When will they give Doris an honorary Oscar?
    Come on, guys, she deserves it. You gave one to Loren after she had already won one. How ridiculous was that.

  • Dave

    Totally agree………………………..Day has been so overlooked. It is a crime.

  • Roger Lynn

    Barbara Stanwyck, in any of her 4 nominations,Peter O’Toole(Lion in Winter) ,Alfred Hitchcock,any of his 5 director nominations,Fred Astaire(Towering Inferno)—Robert Mitchum(Farewell My Lovely)he wasn’t even nominated,,how about Art Carney Lily Tomlin,Bill Macy for The Late Show a classic great film..Tuesday Weld(Looking For Mr Goodbar)Doris Day Pillow Talk,…..Juanita Moore(Imitation Of Life),this year Viola Davis for The Help,,and any film other than that stupid The Artist

  • Mountrath

    Judy Garland should have won for “A Star Is Born” I think awarding the scar to Grace Kelly for  downplayiing her appearance is insale.

    • Christiana19119

      I grew up in the country and I never heard anybody there talk with the accent that Grace Kelly used in that movie — and everywhere else.  I lived in Philadelphia for a few years less than half a mile from where she grew up, and I promise you nobody in that neighborhood spoke like that!  On the other hand, I thought she was a beautiful woman and a good comic actress.  She played upper-class women very well — just not a country girl.

  • Chuck Russell

    In 1992, Last of the Mohicans failed to be nominated for Best Picture!

    So sad. In my opinion it was one of the best pictures ever made.

    • Raccoondad

      I Totally agree with you!! The movie had everything, great storyline, tremendous scenery, superb acting, and a wonderful soundtrack. Along with a little history, it should have been a winner.

  • em

    Frank Sinatra deserved to win for The Man with the Golden Arm.

    • em

      And Clark Gable should have won for GWTW.

    • Tjac41166

      And also for the Manchurian Candidate.

  • Tjac41166

    How about John Wayne in a few things as well,  can’t believe he only received one oscar.

  • Jack Fitzpatrick

    The Hustler.

  • Marty

    Martybo
    Henry Fonda- the Grapes of Wrath
    Peter O’Toole- The Lion in Winter
    Colin Firth- A Single Man

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JT5OIQNAJCAUTLFGAQHTIMRQ Travis

      Three EXCELLENT examples.

  • billyboy53

    WHAT ABOUT ANDY GRIFFIN IN “A FACE IN THE CROWD”,  OR BURL IVES IN “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”,  OR ROSALIND RUSSELL IN “AUNTIE MAME”  OR “PICNIC”?  WHAT ABOUT THEM?

    • kathleenwong

      Yup! What about them is right! all stellar performances.

  • Mbrob

    When Lauren Bacall’s name was NOT called for best supporting actress is when I turned the TV off.  The same can be said about Gloria Stuart.  The woman acted with Shirley Temple in the 1930s, for heaven’s sake!.  There are precious few of these actors left from the golden era.   There is a time when the academy MUST give the oscar for Hollywood legends. 

  • B.Shields

    I think it is a lets give it to the person who hasn’t won anything.  Chariots of Fire was a joke
    The Day of the Jackel(original) was a good contender.  Sea of Love with Pacino and Goodman
    excellent thriller, some of the picks I watched and said What?
    I do however agree with Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich, her body of works alone
    should be considered as part of this award, like Pelican Brief

  • Jkwells

    I agree, big time, that Rod Steiger should have won for The Pawnbroker.  Then he would have had two oscars, because his role in The Heat of the Night was well- deserved too.

  • Kathy

    Rod Steiger for best supporting actor in Dr. Zhivago.  Morgan Freeman for best actor in Shawshank Redemption.

  • whitewatermom

    I think that Bobby Darin should have gotten the best supporting Oscar for his role as Corporal Little Jim Tompkins at the 1964 Academy Awards. He really turned in a stellar performance.

  • Serialhound

    Geraldine Paige for Summer and Smoke, never been bettered.

  • Nolegirl97

    Greta Garbo in Camille. 

  • Istrouma34

    Greta Garbo did not win for her performance in CAMILLE.  Many critics consider it a perfect performance.

  • Drday1

    James Cagney for Love Me or Leave Me in 1955 and Judy Garland for A Star is Born in 1954, both too brilliant for mere words in their performances. Both should have won all the awards that were available from critics to Oscar for their roles.
    When Grace Kelly won over Judy Garland you knew it was Hollywood politics alive and well. Grace Kelly was a gorgeous woman and very suited to her Hitchcock roles but she was no actress.

    Speaking again of Love Me or Leave Me, Doris Day was not even nominated for the best work she has ever done in her entire film career. She and Cagney burned up the screen in that movie and were a match made in Heaven as acting partners.It is still a film , yes, a dramatic film musical that holds up today.

    As for Marcia Gay Harden in Pollock, the only problem was she was not joined on stage by Ed Harris who gave the performance of his life as Jackson Pollock.

    • Rsda

      Boy, you are right on!
      Cagney and Garland were robbed and the fact that Doris wasn’t nominated for LMOLM is the crime of the century.

      • VINCENT SANTANGELO

        i absolutely agree because Doris Day did not play the Hollywood Game, she was not properly acknowledged.

  • LaustCawz

    …& the Oscar goes to…Meryl Streep for “Sophie’s Choice” instead of Jessica Lange for “Frances”
    (yes, I know they gave it to her for “Tootsie”…nowhere near good enough, sorry).

  • Ted

    Gail Russell for supporting actress in THE TATTERED DRESS or SEVEN MEN FROM NOW.

  • Wayne P.

    Cary Grant shouldve won for his great performance in None but the Lonely Heart in 1944.  Since they hardly ever give Oscars for comedy roles, this dramatic picture was his best chance but he lost out when the Academy gave both the best actor and supporting actor Oscars to Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald for the same film, Going my Way…that didnt seem fair, but when is a “political choice” ever that!?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CGRLUPNLT6P3VWL42P2VG2I22I hockeyguy 08

    There are many examples but what needs to always be considered is that this is subjective and a reflection of the times. As a result what is popular today can fall from grace over time.
    I like to use a television example ..  All in The Family was a top rated show for its day and now if you watch its lustre has faded. 
    It was good in its day but by comparison it would not be very interesting.  My personal opinion only.

  • Carroll

    Richard Dreyfuss; Mr. Holland’s Opus; Spencer Tracy;Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Dustin Hoffman; The Graduate.   Or how about Cary Grant…never receiving Oscar for Best Actor.

  • Karenrorinelson

    Leonardo DiCaprio for Titanic.  All those awards and he doesn’t even get a nod.  Shameful!

  • Joeccosta

    Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train. John Wayne in The Searchers. Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity.

  • nick

    The most famous, Citizen Kane not getting best picture or best director. The biggest disgrace in Academy Award history. 

  • Tom

    How long did it take for the Academy awards to recognize John Wayne?  he only received one….
    for something he did late in his career, what about the other 100 or so he made before that?
    there had to be at least 3 or 4 that he deserved an award for.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JT5OIQNAJCAUTLFGAQHTIMRQ Travis

      And he didn’t deserve that one either.  He was playing himself.  Have you seen the other 4 nominees?  If you haven’t I suggest you do.  Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman in “Midnight Cowboy” and Richard Burton in “Anne of the Thousand Days” were clearly better.

  • Susan Green

    JFK not getting the oscar.

  • Trystan69

    My opinion on Oscars biggest snub what the incredible performane of Heath Ldger in BROKEBACK Mountain. That performance made the film work. It was a film set up to fail but the key performance of Heath Ledger elevated the film to an award winning box office grossing film. I believe the demo age of the Academy allowed them to get stuck on thevsubject matter and did not allow a full appreciation of this amazing performance. I believe his subsequent win for Dark Knightbwas really an attempt to make up for the BROKEBACK snub, and was given posthumously. I have no issue of the actual winner because the performance again was good, but not on the level of mr. Ledgers turn as Ellis in BROKEBACK.

    • Wayne P.

      Make-up Oscar awards are quite common thru the years…two famous examples:  Bette Davis, snubbed for Of Human Bondage in 1934, won the next year for Dangerous.  And, Jimmy Stewart, who missed out in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington from 1939, won in 1940 with The Philadelphia Story (although for that picture Cary Grant deserved the statue more!).

    • Lauradyoung

      Couldn’t agree with you more. I was actually thinking of putting him on my list. One of the most amazing performances I have ever seen.

  • Trystan69

    As someone mention below, two stand out amazing performane we overlooked. Judy Gardland in a Star Is Born and Rosalind Russel in Auntie Mame. Both career capping roles andbthebstand out performance of the nominees for their years. Both lost to underdogs. Seemed to be a big occurrence in the ’50′s. Anoth biggie was Bette Davis in All About Eve, spil the vote with Anne Baxter from the same film and underdog Judy Holiday sneaked the win. Finally how could Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman lose for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Performances were both first class and elevate the material to first rate, despite censor big cuts into the core of the material. Again years later the Academy made up to Liz Taylor with an award for a piece of crap (her words as well as mine) called Butterfield 8.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KH7N6W32I6FSEJNQSI43PVXS7U Derek

      Russell in Auntie Mame lost to an underdog! That’s rubbish.  Hayward had won alomost every major film acting award that year.  She was hot favourite atnd Russell herself said, If I couldn’t win I’m glad it was Hayward” Underdog – get real.

    • Lauradyoung

      Uhm, yea. Susan Hayward was definitely not an underdog. She wasn’t in her entire career.

    • Publius

      Rosalind Russell was an amazing theatre talent, and it is a great pity that more of her work has never been recognized.  I highly recommend her autobiography, “Life’s A Banquet.”  In it she said she had to do “Auntie Mama” because someone had written her older sister.  My parents saw her live in “Wonderful town” when they honey moooned on Broadway and dad said she was “fantastic.”

  • Gregnewyorkcity

    Garland in A Star is Born
    Deborah Kerr in The Innocents
    Julie Andrews (not even nominated with Cannon’s $10.00 budget) in Duet For One

  • BILLYBOY53

    ANDY GRIFFITH FOR “A FACE IN THE CROWD”
    JUDY GARLAND FOR “A STAR IS BORN”
    PETER O’TOOLE FOR “LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”
    ROSALIND RUSSELL FOR “PICNIC”
    BURL IVES FOR “CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF”

    AND ON AND ON.

  • Joel

    Susan Hayward!  As good as she was in her oscar winning “I Want To Live”, she was better in “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” and should have won against the Italian man-eater, Anna Magnani…..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KH7N6W32I6FSEJNQSI43PVXS7U Derek

      You are absolutely right, and she should have won for I’LL CRY TOMORRW.   But might I suugest that she was even more deserving for MY FOOLISH HEART. How could the academy deny her – the broken hearted Eloise sobbing “I was a nice girl wasn’t I?” and  later breaking down in tears when she hads been told of her lover’s death.  Hayward is  usually noted as a tough, no nonsense, dominating actress  (she should have been nominated for her Helen Lawson in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS where her mirror scene alone  “Ill go out the way I came in” should have won the award) – she was, in fact, an actress of sensiivity and great warmth.   A brilliant lady – modern  female stars can eat their hearts out. 

      • Catseyez22003

         Susan was astonishing–still one of my all-time favorite actresses.  May I also throw in her fabulous performance as Jane Froman in “With a Song in My Heart”?  I don’t think she ever looked more beautiful and if there was an Academy Award for lip-synching–I don’t think any actress ever did a better job.  She studied Froman’s mannerisms and talked with her endlessly to perfect her character, and it showed–even Froman herself said so.  She was an amazing talent.

        • Lauradyoung

          I agree. My Foolish Heart was one of Susan Hayward’s finest roles. It’s really hard to pick from her many great roles.

  • Mike F.

    Max Steiner for NOT getting Best Original score in 1939 for GWTW. While Wizard of Oz is one of my favorites it is NO WHERE NEAR Wind as a score. Herbert Stothart was a FAKE who made rearrangements of other people’s music instead of coming up with his own original scores. Just my opinion, of course.

  • John

    To be honest and I know some will raise an eyebrow over this but after seeing Fred Murray in The Cain Mutiny, Double Indemnity and the Apartment I can’t see how he was missed.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=709558049 Bill Weeden

      About “The Apartment,” I agree completely.

  • Swizzlestick45

    the color purple

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • Catseyez22003

    Absolutely Judy Garland for “A Star Is Born”–a sad, pathetic commentary on the Oscar system and one I will never understand.  I mean, the woman could do it ALL and her like will never be seen again.  Cary Grant only nominated once and never winning–what a farce!  Doris Day never even receiving an “honorary” Oscar, despite being the stuff of which movie legends are made and forever remembered.  And Barbara Stanwyck never won despite four nominations, all for amazing, fabulous work.  I fully agree with anyone who bypasses the current load of cinematic crap we get on a daily basis now in favor of the time when stars were really stars and talent was premium.  There are far too many to be listed here, but these people showed us (and still do, thank God) that there was a time when giants walked the earth.  We will miss them forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elderpterrell Perry Terrell

    Nick Nolte for  
    The Prince of Tides   1991

    • Southfish

      One of my favorite movies…all due to Nick Nolte’s southern story telling.  Although the movie only touched on the story from the book…his acting of a man going through the motions after loss, struggling to stay strong for all the loved women in his life…leaves a memory if you listen carefully.

  • AA

    Deborah Kerr for The Sundowners

  • vlbptt

    Morgan Freeman/Driving Miss Daisy

  • James007

    Val Kilmer for the astounding and deeply rich character of Doc Holiday in Tombstone.

    • Maxroberts49

      One of the biggest Oscar subs of all time…

    • Southfish

      One of the most memorable, honorable and complex characters…Val Kilmer took Doc Holiday where no one else has…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JT5OIQNAJCAUTLFGAQHTIMRQ Travis

    Katharine Hepburn in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” over Edith Evans in “The Whisperers.”

    Donna Reed in “From Here to Eternity” over Thelma Ritter in “Pickup on South Street.”

    Humphrey Bogart in “The African Queen” over Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire.’

    Burt Lancaster in “Elmer Gantry” over the not even nominated  Anthony Perkins in “Psycho”

  • Hans Gruber

    How could the Oscars NOT nominate Alan Rickman for DIE HARD or John Malkovich for DANGEROUS LIAISONS? Utterly clueless.

  • Drl1

    Gran Torino

  • VINCENT SANTANGELO

    THE ACADEMY HAS SNUBBED MAUREEN O’HARA’S BEST PERFORMANCE IN ONLY THE LONELY.  SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTRESSES AND ALWAYS GAVE VERY GOOD PERFORMANCES, BUT IN ONLY THE LONELY SHE WAS BRILLIANT AND DESERVED AT LEAST A NOMINATION.

    WHEN I THINK OF IT, THIS IS NO SURPRISE, SINCE THE ACADEMY NEVER ACKNOWLEDGED THE GREAT PERFORMANCES OF ANOTHER FAVORITE JEAN SIMMONS.  ALSO LOOK AT THE TIMES DEBORAH KERR WAS IGNORED AND IT TOOK FIVE NOMINATIONS BEFORE SUSAN HAYWARD WAS ACKNOWLEDGED.

    CHECK THE BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES OF ELEANOR PARKER——AGAIN NO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.  DITTO FOR DORIS DAY ESPECIALLY IN LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME.

    THE ACADEMY SHOULD BURY ITS HEAD.

  • elginman

    I could never figure out why Jimmie Gagney won just 1 Oscar and that was in a musical. What about White Heat, etc. This man was and is an icon along with Spencer Tracy, Frederick March, et al.

  • Publius

    I think Hollywood awarded the OSCAR to Cagney because he went entirely against “type.”  However, I agree with your sentiments.  I thought he should have received an award for the “Lon Chaney” film that he made.  His dancing talents are evident in one of the early Busby Berkeley musicals he made for Warners.
    Very versatile actor.

    • Bruce Reber

      The “Lon Chaney” movie you’re referring to is “Man Of A Thousand Faces”, for which Cagney definitely deserved an Oscar nom for his great portrayal of the legendary silent era movie star.

  • Percy

    BO for acting like he knows what he is doing!!

  • Larrykandel

    dustin hoffman in midnight cowboy, in my opinion his portrayel of RATSO RIZZO’ WAS THE FINAST PORTRAYEL BY AN ACTOR I HYAVE EVER SEEN.

  • Ronnyappleseed

    There was only one snub that is the snub of all snubs in Oscar history & the one snubbed is Daniel Day-Lewis. I couldn’t agree more. I thought Lewis as Bill the Butcher was the best performance in film history. & like the author says, I never recognize him in any movies. Different looks and facial expressions. I couldn’t pick him up in Last of Mohicans. If you want to see what daniel day-lewis looks like watch The Bounty. BRILLIANCE

  • staylen

    Peter O;Toole, Lawrence of Arabia

  • Chuckieluv

    guy pierce in “memento” 

  • FLrp

    Chris Cooper in “Breach”

  • Lauradyoung

    1. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth. Shocking…
    2. Spencer Tracy in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (smh)
    3. Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. I mean – seriously?
    4. John Wayne in The Searchers
    5. Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass

  • Frank1168

    Wilem DeFoe-Shadows of a Vampire(lost to Michael Caine, Cide House Rules), Brian Donlevy-Beay Geste(Sergeant Markoff)

  • Marlenn4

    Madonna for Evita – should have won Oscar

  • Fjblume2000

    Lee Marvin’s Shelleen/Strawn “duel” role??  Was this supposed to be a pun?  Or a misspelling?

  • BenW

    Will limit to just 10 in various categories, starting with Best Actor, though there are many more

    Best Actor – nominated but lost, should have won

    Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain

    Henry Fonda for The Grapes of Wrath
    Peter O’Toole for Lawrence of Arabia (voted greatest performance ever by Premiere Magazine)

    Marlon Brando – A Streetcar Named Desire

    Montgomery Clift – From Here to Eternity
    Richard Burton – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Paul Newman – Cool Hand Luke
    Cary Grant – None But the Lonely Heart
    Laurence Olivier – Henry V
    Edward Norton – American History X or Ian McKellan – Gods and Monsters

    Best Actor – not even nominated but should have won

    James Cagney – White Heat
    Humphry Bogart – Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    James Stewart – Vertigo
    Anthony Hopkins – Psycho
    Joseph Cotten – Shadow of a Doubt (never nominated; shameful)
    Charlie Chaplin – City Lights
    Alec Guinness – Kind Hearts and Coronets
    Robert Mitchum – Night of the Hunter

    Spencer Tracy – Fury

    Malcolm McDowell – A Clockwork Orange

    Jeremy Irons – Dead Ringers (11, sorry)

    This does not take into account foreign language performances, just too many to mention, with many of the greatest actors of world cinema ignored, from Toshiro Mifune (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) to Jean Paul Belmondo (Breathless) to Jean Gabin (Grand Illusion) to Peter Lorre (M) to Jean-Louis Tringant (The Conformist – maybe he’ll get nominated this year for Amour?) to Yves Montand (Jean de Florette, Z) and so so many others.

    The Oscars are a political farce.

  • BenW

    Best Original Score

    The Mission – best score ever

    Once Upon a Time in the West (not even nominated)

    Last of the Mohicans – not even nominated
    The Piano – not even nominated
    Gone with the Wind or Wuthering Heights (over Stagecoach, peppy but not in the same league)
    The Age of Innocence
    Vertigo (not even nominated) – Bernard Hermann was robbed thru the years, also for Citizen Kane

    Jurassic Park (not even nominated)
    Children of Paradise

    Spartacus

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=709558049 Bill Weeden

    The Macy snub is the worst one in Academy history, but it’s rivaled closely by Jean Hagen’s snub as Lina Lamont in “Singin’ in the Rain,” an iconic performance that was beaten out by Gloria Grahame’s tiny role in “The Bad and the Beautiful.” The other disgraceful snub was Angela Lansbury’s losing for “The Manchurian Candidate” to Patty Duke, who had a clearly STARRING role in “The Miracle Worker.” Unbelievable!

    • John Kinsey

      Angela Lansbury was nothing short of brilliant, in “The Manchurian Candidate.” What
      a terrible injustice!

      • Glenn Sahli

        Totally Agree!!!!

  • N

    The greatest snub was that of Peter O’Toole. He should have won for Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, and The Ruling Class.

    It still makes me sick when I think he never won an Oscar.

  • Joshua

    Denzel Washington winning over Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind” was just plain silly.

  • TYRONE

    WESLEY SNIPES IN NEW JACK CITY’ SEAN CONNERY IN THE HILL WHOOPI GOLDBERG THE COLOUR PERPLE ALFRED HITCHCOCK AL PACINO IN SCARFACE DENZEL WASHINGTON IN THE HURRICANE

  • billyweeds

    “The African Queen” not getting nominated as Best Picture is incredible. It was way better than the winner “An American in Paris” and quite a bit above the likewise bypassed “Streetcar.”

  • jbourne5181

    I don’t believe giving the best supporting actor to Lee Marvin was a snub. Having seen both movies I can understand why people may think Rod Steiger was given the old shaft but I have to say that every moment Lee Marvin was on screen [especially when he was "drunk"] had me laughing so hard I was in tears. The other thing that makes this a tough call is they are such very different movies. I guess it comes down to whether you like serious drama or comedy