10 famous nominations that did not bring home the Oscar

Published: Friday, Feb. 24 2012 1:51 p.m. MST

For some film buffs, Oscar night can involve as much yelling at the TV as even the most intense sporting events. Mixed in with all the celebration of a year in film, there are always a handful of curveballs, political maneuvers and compensation awards that cause serious cinephiles to question the legitimacy of the entire program. If your faith in the Academy as a body of voters will be forever shattered should Viola Davis not take home a Best Actress award this year, just consider the long list of prestigious films and filmmakers the Academy has nominated and then voted against in the past. Whoever doesn’t win is at least guaranteed to be in good company. Thus, compiled with the huge benefit of hindsight and in no particular order (other than a roughly ascending level of egregiousness), here is a list of 10 of the biggest Oscar nominees that didn’t win in their respective categories.
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A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

"10 famous nominees who did not win Oscars"

John Williams "has been nominated a staggering 47 times (second only to Walt Disney). Of those, however, only five have won him Oscar gold."

Meryl Streep was nominated 17 times, and won 2 of them.

lol, I guess "did not win" means "only won some of them" now. Maybe reword it or revise the list?

Provo, UT

A Voice of Reason was a voice of reason. Streep and Williams won oscars, so did Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick. Nearly half of the list actually did win Oscars. And didn't Rocky win "Best Picture." I would say that was quite the accomplishment for Stallone who wrote, directed, and starred in the movie, that's the ultimate prize.

As for Harry Potter. Good riddance on the Oscar stuff. It was a popular movie series but it wasn't exactly "The Godfather Trilogy." Okay, the last Godfather film wasn't that great...

Provo, UT

My own selection of those who got jobbed with the Oscars:

Peter O'Toole for sure.
Paul Newman though he finally got one but not for one of his best performances but what took so long.
Robert Altman, great director of M*A*S*H and The Player
Alfred Hitchcock
Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers (if he never won an Oscar, that is truly sad).

Worst movie picks:

Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan
Driving Miss Daisy over Cinema Paradiso (which won Best Foreign Film but was best film that year period)
American Beauty over about anything that year
Forest Gump over Shawshank Redemption (all the other nominees way better movies)
My Fair Lady over Dr. Strangelove
Chariots of Fire over Raiders of the Lost Ark
Amadeus over The Killing Fields
The Last Emperor over Moonstruck
Anything over The English Patient (Cast of Seinfeld had this right)
L.A. Confidential over Titanic (one of the best movies ever really)

Best Year for Movies: 1939, 1941, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1989

Riverside, CA

I have to chime in.

1939 had to be the best year for film of all time.

Hurt locker should not have beat out Avatar.

Charlie Chaplin in the Great Dictator should be near the top of the list of unfair snubs. He was outstanding -- in both roles.

Phil Collins was snubbed when he didn't win for Against All Odds.


a problematic article title, i agree. that said, i don't think this was ever meant as a comprehensive list of unwarranted oscar wins/snubs--just a sampling--so i don't hold inclusions like the "harry potter" series against the article's author. and i think there's a good chance he put chaplin at the top of the list just to draw readers in. remember, it's in "no particular order" except the "ROUGHLY ascending level of egregiousness."

there have definitely been some bizarre oscar picks, though, that's for sure! how could "singin' in the rain" not win for music?

Orem, UT

The title doesn't accurately represent the article, but I don't think that Deseret News authors get to choose their titles. The titles are assigned by the editors.

Interesting piece.

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