The 2020 Oscars produced a record four films that all received at least 10 nominations. While it created a wide-open field, it also meant great movies like “The Farewell,” “Hustlers,” “Midsommar” and more were completely snubbed. And believe us, there have been some bad movies nominated for plenty of Oscars in the past. And while we could go all day naming movies that have been unfairly overlooked by The Academy for one reason or another, these near classics feel like they should’ve been awards season shoo-ins and yet ultimately received no Oscar love at all.
“King Kong” (1933)
It was the quintessential monster movie of the era and was a landmark for special effects, but the Academy handed it zero nominations.
“Modern Times” (1936)
Many of Charlie Chaplin’s silent masterpieces predate the Oscars, but the Academy didn’t take the chance to nominate his final turn as The Tramp. Chaplin himself wouldn’t be properly recognized by The Academy with an Oscar win until “Limelight” was finally released in 1972.
“Bringing Up Baby” (1938)
Katherine Hepburn had already won an Oscar by the time she starred in this screwball comedy classic alongside Cary Grant. What gives?
“His Girl Friday” (1940)
Seriously, what’s did the Academy have against Howard Hawks? “His Girl Friday” is another screwball comedy great with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, but it was completely snubbed. Even the play and movie on which its based, “The Front Page,” got three Oscar nominations.
“The Searchers” (1956)
It’s not like the Oscars had never heard of John Ford or John Wayne when this masterpiece came out.
“Paths of Glory” (1957)
RIP Kirk Douglas. Stanley Kubrick plus War movie should’ve spelled Oscar gold, but it got no noms.
“Touch of Evil” (1958)
Orson Welles’ noir begins with a masterful long take and has some stunning black and white cinematography, but after “Citizen Kane,” Welles never got another Oscar nomination until he won an honorary award in 1971.
Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking film that kicked off the French New Wave and helped shape modern cinema did get attention from the Berlin Film Festival and even the BAFTAs, but not AMPAS. Godard has also never been nominated for an Oscar, but he received an honorary Oscar in 2011.
“Harold and Maude” (1972)
The Oscars would come to love Hal Ashby movies, but his second feature “Harold and Maude” had to settle for just two Golden Globe nominations for stars Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort.
“Mean Streets” (1973)
It took way too long for the Academy to finally recognize Martin Scorsese, but they completely overlooked his first critical masterpiece.
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