Monday, February 25, 2008


In honor of the Oscars, here's a list of nominated movies that did NOT win the Academy Award for Best Picture, by year:

1939: Of Mice and Men, The Wizard of Oz
1940: The Grapes of Wrath
1941: Citizen Kane (maybe the best movie ever didn't win the Oscar, How Green Was My Valley won), The Maltese Falcon
1946: It's a Wonderful Life
1947: Great Expectations
1948: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1951: A Streetcar Named Desire
1953: Shane
1954: The Caine Mutiny
1956: The King and I, The Ten Commandments
1957: 12 Angry Men
1959: The Diary of Anne Frank
1961: The Hustler
1962: Mutiny on the Bounty, To Kill a Mockingbird
1964: Dr. Strangelove, Mary Poppins
1965: Dr. Zhivago
1967: Bonnie and Clyde, Doctor Dolittle, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (holy crap, these were the losers. Winner: In the Heat of the Night)
1968: Funny Girl, The Lion in Winter
1969: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1970: MASH, Love Story, Five Easy Pieces
1971: A Clockwork Orange, Fiddler on the Roof
1972: Deliverance, Cabaret
1973: American Graffiti, The Exorcist
1974: Chinatown
1975: Jaws
1976: All the President's Men, Network, Taxi Driver (again, holy crap, these were the losers. Winner: Rocky)
1977: Star Wars
1978: Midnight Express
1979: Apocalypse Now, Norma Rae
1980: Raging Bull, Coal Miner's Daughter
1981: On Golden Pond, Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982: E.T., Tootsie
1983: The Big Chill, The Right Stuff
1985: The Color Purple, Witness
1987: Fatal Attraction, Broadcast News, Moonstruck
1988: Dangerous Liasons, Mississippi Burning, Working Girl (honestly, this was nominted?)
1989: Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams
1990: Goodfellas
1991: JFK
1992: A Few Good Men, Scent of a Woman (huu-aah!)
1993: The Fugitive
1994: Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption (hands down the most unjust oversight in Oscar history. Forrest Gump my ass.)
1995: Apollo 13, Babe
1996: Fargo, Jerry Maguire
1997: As Good as it Gets, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential (all lost to Titanic. Blech)
1998: Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line
1999: The Green Mile, The Insider, The Sixth Sense
2000: Traffic, Erin Brockovic
2001: LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
2002: LOTR: The Two Towers
2003: Lost in Translation, Mystic River
2004: Ray, Sideways, The Aviator
2005: Brokeback Mountain, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich
2006: Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima

I'm not saying that the winners weren't good - but look at some of the oversights. Wow.

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