Top 10 Biggest Best Picture Snubs at the Oscars

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The Top Ten Biggest Best Picture Snubs at the Oscars

1 Citizen Kane (lost to How Green Was My Valley)

Come on, it's Citizen Kane. About half the film critics in the world consider it the best American movie ever. - Virtuoso

2 Saving Private Ryan (lost to Shakespeare In Love)

The Big Lebowski also came out that year. - BeatlesFan1964

3 Goodfellas (lost to Dances with Wolves)

Dances with wolves is seen in every worst best picture winners list not because its bad film but because it beat goodfellas and rightfully so, goodfellas is one of the greatest movies of all time

4 Pulp Fiction (lost to Forrest Gump)

There's nothing wrong with Forrest Gump. But Pulp Fiction is a Tarantino film, which means its entertaining, stylish, and quotable. - Virtuoso

I personally think Shawshank Redemption should be the better nominee. - BUETBU91

5 The Dark Knight (lost to Slumdog Millionaire)

It wasn't even nominated and is #4 on IMDB's best movies of all time. Certainly my favorite movie of all time.

6 Brokeback Mountain (lost to Crash)
7 Inception (lost to The King's Speech)

A mind bending epic.

8 2001: A Space Odyssey (lost to Oliver)

There is evidence that 2001 was never even a real contender. The fact that it couldn't get nominated ahead of Rachel Rachel says it all. Back then the Best Picture race was considered a duel between The Lion in Winter and Funny Girl.

Actually Oliver! Was still a deserving winner given what was actually nominated for Best Picture that year; Oliver!, Funny Girl (a vanity project for Barbara Striesand), The Lion in Winter (Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn bitching like schoolgirls, Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare with hippies) and Rachel Rachel (essentially 1968's The Kids are Alright but with Joan Woodward instead of Annette Benning).

9 Dr. Strangelove (lost to My Fair Lady)

Kubrick's classic was the best of his films to be nominated for the Oscar, and it's a shame that the genius never won. - Virtuoso

10 High Noon (lost to The Greatest Show on Earth)

Keep in mind, Singin' in the Rain was also released that year. Many film historians consider it the best movie musical of all time. It was ranked number one on AFI's best movie musicals. Both Singin' in the Rain and High Noon are on AFI's top 100 greatest movies of all time. Strangely enough, Singin' in the Rain wasn't even nominated for Best Picture.

This was just a fail. Go to AFI's list of top movies and look at High Noon. It's one of the best westerns ever. - Virtuoso

The Newcomers

? The Exorcist (lost to The Sting)
? Toy Story 3 (lost to The King's Speech)

The Contenders

11 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (lost to Gandhi)

Okay, Ben Kingsley's performance is stellar, but it doesn't make the whole film better than one of Spielberg's greatest. - Virtuoso

12 The Thin Red Line (lost to Shakespeare in Love)

Dare I point out that Shakespeare in Love's biggest threat was actually Elizabeth.

13 Apollo 13 (lost to Braveheart)
14 The Full Monty (Lost to Titanic)

The smart and cheeky British film about the plucky Chip & Dales led by Robert Carlyle lost to some big boat.

At least Full Monty was nominated. Chasing Amy was a masterpiece. - BeatlesFan1964

The Full Monty got screwed, on the other hand Titanic did at least prevent that borefest L. A Confidential winning.

15 Fargo (lost to The English Patient)

At least Frances Macdonald won for best actress.

16 Black Panther (lost to Green Book)
17 Taxi Driver (Lost to Rocky)
18 The Shawshank Redemption (lost to Forrest Gump)

Forrest was good but it's crystal clear Shawshank was the best. Sometimes the best things are left for the test of time I guess.

19 King Kong (lost to Cavalcade)
20 The Pianist (lost to Chicago)
21 Black Swan (lost to The Kings Speech

Black Swan is a superb horror thriller, as well as one of the best movies of all time. I like the King's Speech, it's a well made movie, but it was one of the weaker nominees that year.

22 The Social Network (lost to The King's Speech)

They were both excellent films, but "The Social Network" was just a little bit more well-made. - Virtuoso

23 12 Angry Men (lost to The Bridge On The River Kwai)
24 The Elephant Man (lost to Ordinary People)
25 Ghost (lost to Dances With Wolves)
26 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (lost to Ordinary People)
27 Moulin Rouge (lost to A Beautiful Mind)
28 Apocalypse Now (lost to Kramer vs. Kramer)
29 The Ten Commandments (lost to Around the World in 80 Days)
30 Joker (lost to Parasite)
31 Up (lost to The Hurt Locker)
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