What Films Top Your List of Movies that Didn’t Receive Any Oscar Nominations?


Scott Feinberg at The Envelope has created a list of his “The top 25 movies of the past 10 years that got no Oscar love” and it’s an interesting idea considering there has been so much hatred aimed at the Academy over The Dark Knight not getting a Best Picture nomination, but it did actually receive eight nominations, which is nothing to scoff at. We are talking about films that didn’t receive any nominations, zero, zilch, nada. Any come to mind?

I had never considered the idea since it is a relatively hard thing to imagine that a favorite film of yours didn’t receive any Oscar nominations — wait, is that why general audiences aren’t interested in the Oscars? — but then I went back over my 2003-2008 Top Ten lists and found several that weren’t nominated and put together a quick top ten and an example category I think they should have been nominated in.

  1. Zodiac [2007] (Director, David Fincher)
  2. Ballast [2008] (Film Editing)
  3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [2008] (Director, Cristian Mungiu)
  4. I’ve Loved You So Long [2008] (Supporting Actress, Elsa Zylberstein)
  5. Inside Man [2006] (Original Screenplay, Russell Gewirtz)
  6. Jarhead [2005] (Cinematography, Roger Deakins)
  7. The Edge of Heaven [2008] (Foreign Language Film)
  8. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang [2005] (Adapted Screenplay, Shane Black)
  9. Things We Lost in the Fire [2007] (Actress, Halle Berry)
  10. Spanglish [2004] (Original Screenplay, James L. Brooks)

So that’s my look at the last six years. Feinberg went back even further and created an even larger list, which reads as follows:

  1. Dogville (2003, d. Lars von Trier)
  2. Synecdoche, New York (2008, d. Charlie Kaufman)
  3. Thank You for Smoking (2006, d. Jason Reitman)
  4. The Virgin Suicides (1999, d. Sofia Coppola)
  5. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007, d. Sidney Lumet)
  6. The Company (2003, d. Robert Altman)
  7. The Upside of Anger (2005, d. Mike Binder)
  8. Three Kings (1999, d. David O. Russell)
  9. Gran Torino (2008, d. Clint Eastwood)
  10. The Station Agent (2003, d. Tom McCarthy)
  11. The Lookout (2007, d. Scott Frank)
  12. Hard Candy (2005, d. David Slade)
  13. World Trade Center (2006, d. Oliver Stone)
  14. Shattered Glass (2003, d. Billy Ray)
  15. The Door in the Floor (2004, d. Tod Williams)
  16. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005, d. Tommy Lee Jones)
  17. Shopgirl (2005, d. Anand Tucker)
  18. Bandits (2001, d. Barry Levinson)
  19. Elephant (2003, d. Gus Van Sant)
  20. Apocalypto (2006, d. Mel Gibson)
  21. Broken Flowers (2005, d. Jim Jarmusch)
  22. The Missing (2003, d. Ron Howard)
  23. Liberty Heights (1999, d. Barry Levinson)
  24. The Woodsman (2004, d. Nicole Kassell)
  25. Legally Blonde (2001, d. Robert Luketic)

Now it’s your turn. What films do you think should have been nominated for at least one Oscar, but went home entirely empty? Don’t worry about whether or not it was in the last 6-10 years, you have 81 years of Oscars to choose from.