The 14 Greatest Films That Didn't Win Oscars

Academy shock, shame and injustice

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    • Tastynapalm

      Feb 4th 2010, 7:29

      No.4 Did you pinch that from the cover of 'Firebirds' with Tommy Lee Jones? They're not the Huey's from Apocalypse Now.

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    • Mixlexic

      Feb 4th 2010, 9:03

      Just proves how often Oscar gets it wrong, Anything losing to Forrest Gump or Dances with Wolves is a farce but when those films are Pulp Ficton and Goodfellas its not a laughing matter. Oscar snobs where never gonna let The Dark Knight win but it was definitely the best film of the 5 Nominated. Magazine best of the Year round-ups are normally a much better indication of the years output. The oscars is basically a back slapping excercise and not a true reflection of how great the films of that year where. Ps Seven rules as does Fight Club another criminally ignored Film. Poor Mr Fincher

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    • Mixlexic

      Feb 4th 2010, 9:12

      Oscar gets it wrong so many times. No oscars for Seven, Pulp Fiction losing to Forrest Gump and dont get me started on Goodfellas not winning. I always think the Geek in me thinks the Dark Knight should have won best film but in hindsight looking at the filma it was against it should have won hands down. Fight Club is another cruelly ignored film your article has forgotten

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    • Toursiveu

      Feb 4th 2010, 10:07

      Robert Duvall WAS nominated for Apocalypse Now (supporting actor) but he didn"t win! He was beaten by Melvyn Douglas in Being There. Maybe Rocky was not the best nominated film in 1977 but I'm still glad he (it) won. It was the little film that could... and it's still one of my all-time favorites. Technically it's not as good as Taxi Driver, Network or All the President's Men, all of them instant classics and masterpieces but the fact that it won, that Rocky "went the distance" with those world-class champions is one of Hollywood's happiest metaphors.

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    • Rasputin

      Feb 4th 2010, 10:08

      Benjamin Button, the most pointless touched-up show-off since Joan Rivers, was nominated ahead of The Dark Knight? Wow. That's just painful.

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    • Rasputin

      Feb 4th 2010, 10:13

      Similar case with Se7en not being nominated ahead of, uh, Babe. Just no.

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    • mrbong

      Feb 4th 2010, 10:25

      what poor research this article displays! Robert Duvall DID NOT win an Oscar for Apocalypse Now, his one and only award was for Tender Mercies! De Niro was excellent in Taxi Driver, but best performance of the decade? ever see One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest? and how did you lot manage to decide that NO Kubrick film was worthy of an Oscar after all?

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    • NDitum

      Feb 4th 2010, 11:03

      Hands held high! Mr Bong and Toursiveu - Duvall entry was supposed to read that he won a nom. Between all the noms, nods and wins, it got a little tangled :) As for Taxi Driver - c'mon! If we're talking Nicholson in the '70s, he's showy as all hell in Cuckoo's Nest, way better in The Passenger and Five Easy Pieces. I'll argue that De Niro's Bickle is the best turn of the decade til they turn the lights on and we all go home :)

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    • Toursiveu

      Feb 4th 2010, 11:18

      Some Best Picture Winners are just plain wrong : The Greatest Show On Earth? (beating High Noon!), Kramer vs. Kramer (beating Apocalypse Now), Ordinary People (beating Raging Bull AND The Elephant Man), Chariots Of Fire (beating Raiders of the Lost Ark), Gandhi (sending E.T. home empty-handed), Terms of Endearment, Out Of Africa, Driving Miss Daisy, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago, Crash... all of them good films in their own right (well except I hated Chicago and found Crash to be a very poor and preachy TV movie-of-the-week with added star power) but not Oscar-worthy. But when you read some of the films that were just nominated in that category... Finding Neverland? Chocolat? Ghost? Shine? The Cider House Rules? Erin Brockovich? The Hours? Seabiscuit?... The list goes on. I bet that for each year it's easy to find at least five films that deserved a best picture nominaion over those poor choices.

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    • daveroper

      Feb 4th 2010, 12:18

      LA Confidential should have beaten Titanic to the best director and film nods. In fact, LA Confidential should have won everything it was nominated for - a stone-cold, 5-star modern great.

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    • evs75

      Feb 4th 2010, 12:33

      L. A. Confidential should have won best film, also as a film that relies heavily on it's cast performance, it's ridiculous that no one out of Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey or James Cromwell even got nominated for best actor or supporting actor.

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    • giovannisorta

      Feb 4th 2010, 13:24

      L.A Confidential is one of the glaring examples. Titanic deserved effects awards, but the story was rubbish, I'd actually argue that Titanic has a worse story than Avatar. The English patient beat Fargo out for best picture in spite of being crushingly dull. Not only did Shakespeare in Love beat Saving private Ryan, the Thin Red Line was nominated that year as well. That must've split the war vote or something. The biggest clanger in Oscar history is that Once Upon A Time In America was never nominated for best picture. Granted Americans only saw the s****y studio cut when it was first released but still the definitive cut is probably the best film of that decade

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    • moviemike

      Feb 4th 2010, 13:30

      What about Heat??? My Favourite film and an all time classic.

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    • kardom1

      Feb 4th 2010, 13:36

      I have to say that there is also a bit of reverse snobbery so to speak with Academy Award winners. Everyone hates Forrest Gump because it beat Pulp Fiction and likewise Dances With Wolves comes in for a lot of stick also. I actually love Forrest Gump and Dances With Wolves, I also love Pulp Fiction and Goodfellas and I find comparing Gump with Fiction is a bit like chalk and cheese. I feel there is snobbery from certain film fans that if a film is more family orientated then it can't be as good and therefore not as worthy as a more adult orientated film. Just a thought. p.s I agree with 13 Heat didn't get a single nomination which is staggeringly odd

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    • presidente5

      Feb 4th 2010, 14:14

      I think Seven not getting a nomination was a bloody crime the other movie that I love but the Academy won't slot into their genre they allow to be nominated is American History X. Amazing move and performance by Edward Norton.

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    • rafiadd

      Feb 4th 2010, 16:15

      Seven should not be no 1 on this list. no way. Goodfellas, S P Ryan... fair enough. Se7en?!

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    • joker16

      Feb 4th 2010, 21:26

      All of these comments and no one mentions that Pulp Fiction did not win "Best Adapted Screenplay" as Total Film states. It won Best Original Screenplay. I really don't understand how you can screw that up!

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    • thekillingjoke

      Feb 4th 2010, 21:57

      Se7en does rule, as do all the films on that list. Thin Blue Line is awesome stuff, more people need to see it.

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    • Siban1982

      Feb 4th 2010, 22:05

      I think there are many more movies than what's here that deserved an Oscar nod. Seven is still the best thriller of all time imo, haven't seen anything as good or gritty since in terms of a thriller but no.1? Really? I couldn't remember Saving Private Ryan losing out to the totally awesome and clearly not forgettable classic Shakespeare in Love... I'm being sarcastic of course as that clearly is a hilarious choice. Apocalypse Now never won?! Idiots! That mother should be at number 1 after all these years of still being the most original american war film there is! I thought this years Oscar nominations annoyed me but looking at this now I might have to kill tonight...

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    • thekillingjoke

      Feb 4th 2010, 23:07

      Some Kubrick would have been nice

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    • thekillingjoke

      Feb 4th 2010, 23:15

      Some Kubrick would have been nice

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 5th 2010, 1:48

      Really Saving Private Ryan lost out to bloody Shakespeare In Love wow just wow.

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    • Gladiatory2k

      Feb 5th 2010, 6:09

      I'll throw my vote in for L.A. Confidential as well. As much as I liked Titanic, the story was pretentious, the acting was wooden, and the class warfare aspect was a little heavy handed imo. L.A. Confidential was a masterpiece between the pacing, the writing, and the performances. I think another tragedy will happen this year when Pocohontas in space wins over the Hurt Locker.

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    • jameslowe1975

      Feb 5th 2010, 12:07

      Did Shawshank win anything.....it should have won everything!

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 5th 2010, 13:32

      Having a Best Picture that doesnt win Best Director is stupid, Ridley Scott should of won for Gladiator, the only reason Gywneth Paltrow won an Oscar is cos her parents were chummy with most of the main voters, total fix i tell thee!

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    • ManMadeMonkey

      Feb 5th 2010, 20:37

      The Dark Knight is better than all the films that year but I find it more than a little unfair that Frost/Nixon is being put in the same breath as Benjamin Button. Button is a rubbish film while Frost/Nixon is better than Slumdog and only a little worse than the almighty Dark Knight.

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    • reviwer

      Feb 6th 2010, 9:39

      I agree, The Dark Knight is far better than any other movie that year. Also cant believe Saving Private Ryan didnt get best picture! What a film that was and to make things worse it lost out to Shakespeare in love!! [Link removed. Please don't spam your own site/blog].

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    • fortunesfool

      Feb 8th 2010, 15:56

      The Dark Knight was overlong and over-rated. The screenplay consists of little more than people making statements and it hammers it point home long before the end. It should have been nowhere near the Best Film category.

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    • euanmcgrath

      Feb 8th 2010, 16:24

      ahem... I believe you gave Saving Private Ryan 3 stars on release.? Oscar?

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    • euanmcgrath

      Feb 8th 2010, 16:26

      HEY..! MAGNOLIA.???!

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    • zjansen

      Feb 9th 2010, 5:17

      First of all, this post's title is wrong: "The Dark Knight" - 2 Oscar wins "Saving Private Ryan" - 5 wins "Pulp Fiction" - 1 win for ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "Apocalypse Now" - 2 wins "GoodFellas" - 1 win "Citizen Kane" - 1 win A better title would be "The Greatest Films That Didn't Win the Best Picture Oscar." A little research does a lot of good.

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    • DanielMcA

      Feb 10th 2010, 22:36

      b***h, b***h, b***h! "Why didn't my fanboy movie get more gongs!?" Because they need a little more flesh on the bone than action, nifty editing and credibility. For example, the above drones echoing the risible comment that Saving Private Ryan is a better film than Shakespeare In Love. I'm very fond of Ryan but it is a limited film, all foreplay with no second act. Shakespeare I.L. is funny and referential, touching but not sentimental, cleverly constructed, beautifully shot and wonderfully acted. Now if you want a Spielberg film than should have won best director/film gongs and was criminally overlooked, well that's Jaws.

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    • BruceShark

      Feb 7th 2011, 22:14

      Well after this years awards have gone you'll be able to put Inception on the list. It's an absolute disgrace that Nolan was nominated for best director.

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    • austenallen

      Feb 15th 2013, 1:17

      Shawshank Redemption should really be on this list. @jameslowe1975 it was nominated for 7 and won none which was a joke.

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    • Nomados

      Apr 27th 2013, 3:01

      1995 Academy Awards was the roughest slate for Best Picture hopefuls in my lifetime. Forrest Gump (worthy), Pulp Fiction, (worthy), and The Shawshank Redemption (Greatest movie of All Time by most rankings). History has spoken and though all three are fantastic movies, Shawshank is the GMOAT!!!

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