Friday, April 25, 2014

Overlooked by Oscar

The following films and personnel were strangely absent from Oscar ballots in their respective year. I have tried to compile a list of five personal favorites for each category that were inexplicably snubbed. Yes, it's true that The Goodbye Girl (an excellent film that also won Richard Dreyfuss an Oscar for Best Actor) was nominated for Best Picture in 1977, but Close Encounters of Third Kind was not. I love The Goodbye Girl, but Best Picture nominee over Close Encounters?

Best Picture snubs

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Notorious (1946)
The Searchers (1956)
Trainspotting (1996)

Best Director snubs

Paul Thomas Anderson for Boogie Nights (1997)
David Lean for Oliver Twist (1948)
Sam Peckinpah for The Wild Bunch (1969)
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger for The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
John Sayles for Lone Star (1996)

Best Actor snubs

Steve McQueen for Papillon (1973)
Anthony Perkins for Psycho (1960)
Richard Pryor for Blue Collar (1978)
Sylvester Stallone for Cop Land (1997)
Harry Dean Stanton for Paris, Texas (1984)

Best Actress snubs

Sandrine Bonnaire for Vagabond (1985)
Deborah Kerr for The Innocents (1961)
Eul-boon Kim for Jibeuro (The Way Home) (2002)
Giulietta Masina for La Strada (1954)
Jeanne Moreau for Jules et Jim (1962)

Best Supporting Actor snubs

Dennis Hopper for Blue Velvet (1986)
Jerry Lewis for The King of Comedy (1983)
Bill Murray for Rushmore (1998)
Christopher Plummer for The Insider (1999)
Terence Stamp for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Best Supporting Actress snubs
Carol Burnett for Annie (1982)
Lainie Kazan for My Favorite Year (1982)
Virna Lisi for Queen Margot (1994)
Lena Olin for Romeo is Bleeding (1993)
Alfre Woodard for Passion Fish (1992)

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