• Gene Kelly – Singin’ in the Rain (1953)
The iconic musical wasn’t recognised at the time of the film’s release, and although it got two nods (Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Score), Kelly was overlooked for his portrayal of Don Lockwood.
• Joseph Cotten – The Third Man (1950)
The 1949 film may be known as another one of Orson Welles masterpieces, but and despite getting three nominations (Cinematography, Film Editing and Best Director), Cotten’s performance as detective Holly Martins was overlooked.
• Leonardo di Caprio – Titanic (1998)
The blockbuster film had everyone crying their hearts out, but di Caprio was completely ignored even though the film itself won 11 out of its 14 nominations.
• Paul Giamatti – Sideways (2005)
Miles Raymond who played the lead for the 2004 comedy-drama film wasn’t considered by the Academy for his thought provoking performance. Giamatti received a nomination for a Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and the Critics' Choice.
• Jamie Foxx – Django Unchained (2013)
Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-themed film received a lot of flack when their African-American stars weren’t nominated, especially the main lead. According to the Daily News, Kerry Washington and Samuel L Jackson all got snubbed, while Di Caprio and Christopher Waltz got nominations.
• David Oyelowo – Selma (2015)
One of the most controversial snubs thus far in Oscar history was the omission of Oyelowo who played the heroic American figure, Martin Luther King Jr.
• Michael B. Jordan – Creed (2016)
Jordan plays Donnie Creed in the reboot Rocky sports drama film, and yet, despite taking on an impressive performance, he was ignored by the Academy.
• Sidney Poiter – In the Heat of the Night (1968)
Despite getting first billing, Poiter wasn’t nominated for his portrayal of detective Virgil Tibbs in the thriller, which co-starred Rod Steiger.
• Jason Mitchell – Straight Outta Compton (2016)
Pegged as one of the favourites to be nominated, many people were shocked over the exclusion of Mitchell whose role as Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton was nothing short of brilliant.
• Benicio Del Toro – Sicario (2016)
The Puerto Rican actor was one of the stars from this magnificent thriller, but was disregarded for his role as Alejandro Gillick.
• Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation (2016)
After playing the commandant in Cary Fukunaga’s West African film British actor Idris Elba failed to get a nomination, which was seen as a huge disappointment from various media outlets, including the Huffington Post.
• Bette Davis – Of Human Bondage (1935)
There was huge public outcry after femme fatale Davis didn’t make the roster for her incredible performance in the 1934 drama film. According to the Daily News, the Academy owned up to the mistake and allowed a special write-in campaign to get her on the list.
• Rita Hayworth – Gilda (1947)
In her signature role that defined Hayworth as one of Old Hollywood's best, Rita was cited as one of the snubs at the 1947 Academy Awards.
• Doris Day – Love Me or Leave Me (1956)
The realistic portrayal of blues and jazz singer Ruth Etting deserved a Best Actress Oscar nomination for the legendary singer in this dramatic musical.
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• Mia Farrow – Rosemary’s Baby (1969)
This is one of the classic films that were omitted from the Oscar nomination list, as Farrow plays a pregnant woman fearing her unborn child’s life from her husband and strange neighbours. Farrow wasn’t nominated for her well-known performance, but the film did win an Academy Award, when Ruth Gordan won the Best Supporting Actress Award.
• Susan Sarandon – Bill Durham (1989)
In the 1988 film, Sarandon plays an avid baseball fan and wife to a veteran minor-league catcher, played by Kevin Costner. Her performance in the romantic comedy also makes one of Entertainment’s Weekly best Oscar snubbed performances.
• Pam Grier - Jackie Brown (1998)
According to the Guardian, this was one of the most overlooked performances.
• Amy Adams - The Arrival (2017)
Even though Amy has been nominated for an Oscar five times and The Arrival is nominated for Best picture, she still didn't get a Best Actress nod.
• Taraji P. Henson - Hidden Figures (2017)
Many would say that Taraji would be an obvious choice in this category, but the actress was not acknowledged for her work portraying real-life pioneering mathematician Katherine Johnson.
• Emily Blunt – Sicario (2016)
One of the unpleasant surprises from the 2016 Oscar nominations was when Blunt didn’t get recognition as CIA agent Kate Macer.
• The Searchers (1957)
Many great films do not make the cut of being Oscar material and one of them included this Western film, starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood, about a cowboy searching for his abducted niece.
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• Do the Right Thing (1989)
Spike Lee’s 1988 film about racism only got two nods (Best Supporting Actor and Original Screenplay) and deserved more recognition than it was given.
• Jackie (2017)
Despite major prase for the film (and it's lead Natalie Portman) about the former US First Lady, it missed out on best picture. It still got Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Actress for Portman however.
• Carol (2016)
Todd Hayne’s LGBT film was a controversial and shocking omission from Best Picture, although the film already picked up six nominations. Could this allude to the fact that the Oscar has yet to recognise queer-themed movies?
• Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo (1959)
In Hitchcock’s compelling noir film Vertigo, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, went unnoticed even though the movie is regarded as one of the best films to ever be directed and produced in film history.
• Steven Spielberg – Jaws (1976)
Probably known as one of the most terrifying movies ever made, Jaws didn’t land an Oscar nod, despite it being a huge box office hit.
• Spike Lee - Do the Right Thing (1990)
Lee’s 1989 film didn’t get him an Oscar nod for best director, although it’s named by the New York Time’s as one of the best 1000 movies ever made.
• Ben Affleck – Argo (2014)
Despite the film receiving seven nominations and winning three, including Best Picture, Affleck’s directing efforts were not recognised.
• Ava DuVernay - Selma (2015)
Selma was snubbed again - this time for Best Director, where many disputed the fact that DuVernay deserved to be recognised for directing such a historical and monumental film. According to the New York Times, the reason the Academy might have overlooked her is due to the fact that this is only her third feature film and the Academy only recognises a body of work, not a single film.
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• Clint Eastwood – American Sniper (2015)
A comeback film in Eastwood’s directing career, the film became one of the highest grossing films in 2014 and it was shocking to see the Academy not acknowledging the legendary actor.
Best Animated Film:
• Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon’s third animation tells the tale of homeless people finding a new born baby among the trash on Christmas Eve.
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• Monster University (2014)
The Pixar animation picture is one of the animated films that never got a nomination unlike its preceding film, Monsters Inc.
• The Lego Movie (2015)
The internet mourned as The Lego Movie failed to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Animated film, although it did get a Best Original Song nomination.