10 famous nominations that did not bring home the Oscar

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As an actor, Chaplin only received one nomination in his entire career (for “The Great Dictator” in 1940, which he lost to Jimmy Stewart), although he was honored with special awards for his contributions to cinema in 1927 and 1971.
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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.

Clearfield, UT

Lewis in Lincoln. He was superb.

grand junction, CO

Peter O Toole lost to Gregory Peck in 1964, not Rex Harrison.

Ben H
Clearfield, UT

The Beatles had two movies in the 1960s with awesome music, "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help". None of the great songs from these pictures were nominated for Best Original Song. The only such nomination for a former member of the Beatles went to Paul McCartney for the theme from "Live and Let Die."

Cedar City, UT


I agree with you on most of your worst movie pics that won over great and iconic films such as Raiders, Strangelove, and Shawshank. Some I think were both really good movies and it was a toss up i.e. Last Emperor and Amadeus.

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