Winning an Oscar is the ultimate dream for Hollywood’s elite. Whether you’re an actor, director, writer, or costume designer, getting an Academy Award nomination is the pinnacle of achievement. It doesn’t get much better than that.
With scores of movies vying for the top categories each year, it’s impossible to honor them all, but every now and then a film seems to go unjustly unrecognized. We’ve filtered through the archives to find the best movies that were never nominated. Grab your popcorn, dim the lights and prepare to be surprised as we take a look at some of the greatest films that were totally snubbed at the Oscars.
We still can’t believe this iconic ’90s movie starring Bill Murray was snubbed.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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This 1998 movie quickly became a fan favorite. Starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood including John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, and Steve Buscemi, the Coen brothers flick was one of the year’s biggest successes — but when it came to the Oscars, it was never even mentioned.
Even hard-to-please critics were impressed, but it didn’t do any good. Instead, the award for Best Picture that year went to Shakespeare in Love, to the dismay of many. Some speculate that the film was snubbed as the Coen’s had just received an Oscar for Fargo. Either way, it’s a travesty.