Losing an Oscar to someone is one thing, but not being nominated at all is something else entirely. In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, hosted by the always brilliant Seth Macfarlane, I have compiled a list of individuals (and movies) that were robbed of well-deserved Oscar nods. There’s a plethora of movies that deserved a nod that didn’t quite make the cut. We’ll start with this year’s snubs and work our way down memory road…
Best Director: Ben Affleck for Argo (2012)
He has proven that he is more of a maestro behind the camera than he is in front of it. That being said, he deserves kudos for his mastery work on this thoroughly entertaining film.
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
She has broken barrier after barrier and brought an unmatched authenticity (and heart) to war movies. She is very serious about her craft and deserves to be acknowledged for it.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Leonardo DiCaprio for Django Unchained (2012)
He deserves to win an Oscar, but at least getting nominated for his malicious role as Calvin Candy would have been satisfactory. Not that I’m complaining that Christoph Waltz got nominated (because he’s amazing too), but there was room for both performances.
Best Actress in a Lead Role: Shailene Woodley for The Descendants (2011)
The Oscar love this film received was well-deserved, but how could they miss the raw, yet heartbreaking performance of Woodley, whose claim to fame was on an ABC Family television show?
Best Original Screenplay: (500) Days of Summer (2009)
The key word here is “original” and if you’re going for originality it’s hard to overlook this visually-unique indie gem that stars the likable pairing of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Best Picture: The Dark Knight (2008)
How?! How in the world was this near masterpiece not granted an Oscar nomination? This is one of the most well-crafted movies (and blockbusters) to come out in the last century.
Best Director: Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight (2008) and for Inception (2010)
He was snubbed twice! in recent memory for his achievements in directing. The fact that this creative genius has been overlooked by the Academy is disgusting.
Best Picture: 25th Hour (2003)
It’s a shame that this movie got absolutely zero Oscar love. It’s an incredible film. Not only should it have been nominated for Best Picture, but also for Best Director for Spike Lee and Best Adapted Screenplay for writer of both the novel and the screenplay David Benioff.
Best Picture: Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Director Darren Aronofsky should have also got a nod for this disturbing dive into the drug world. This movie has remained on everyone’s minds since it was released over a decade ago.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Fight Club (1999)
If you’ve read the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, you know that this screenplay by Jim Uhls is a feat in bringing such a unique and unconventional story to the big screen. David Fincher also deserved a nod for this cult favorite.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Ice Cube for Boyz n the Hood (1991)
This is one of the most incredible, overlooked performances in movie history. Ice Cube will at the same time break your heart (and if he wanted to break your arm) as the sensitive, but tough Darren.