You don’t have to be a film buff to know that The Oscars are a Big Deal. For 87 years, every big screen vixen, director and makeup artist from here to LA has aimed to get their mitts on one of those golden statuettes and this year is no different.
An Oscar is the ultimate accolade. But there are a number of films - classics, game changers, massive franchises like Harry Potter - which have been overlooked by the Academy Awards panel.
Here’s a list of the biggest award robberies of all time:
Much-loved Oscar snubs
Much-loved Oscar snubs
1/12 Groundhog Day
This is such a classic that people are always banging on about having deja vu 'groundhog days'. Oscar or no Oscar, when your film becomes an eponym, you've made it. It might not have won anything at the Academy Awards back in 1993 but it did get a BAFTA for Best Screenplay as well as a host of other accolades. I for one, live in fear of 2 February every year.
2/12 The Wizard of Oz
The competition was tough for the 1940 Best Picture Oscar - I get it. But the Wizard of Oz has stood the test of time arguably better than that year’s winner Gone With the Wind. Find me a kid who hasn’t followed Judy Garland along the Yellow Brick Road, and I’ll eat my hat. Munchkins tend to do better with children than 19th century plantation owners and slaves. It did win Best Music, but with songs like “Over the Rainbow” and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”, how could it not?
3/12 It's a Wonderful Life
What would Christmas be without George Bailey and angel Clarence? NOTHING. It's one of the greatest films of all time, ranking number 11 in the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films ever made. It was up for five nominations including Best Picture and Best Director and got nothing. God only knows how James Stuart wasn’t nominated for Best Actor.
4/12 The Red Shoes
This is an undisputed classic. This was the film that apparently inspired Martin Scorsese to make movies, and won Best Set Decoration and Best Music at the 1949 Oscars but was robbed of Best Film. Nevermind, it’s still listed as one of the best in BFI’s Top 100 British films.
5/12 Singin' in the Rain
HOW COULD THIS HAVE LOST? It was only up for two nominations and won neither. Are you seriously telling me that all that tap dancing and jazz hands wasn't even worthy of one gong? If Gene Kelly's acting didn't do it for the award panel, what about the score? Words fail me.
Vertigo was nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Sound in 1959 and got nothin'. The following year, Hitchcock's Psycho failed as miserably, failing to win any of its categories including Supporting Actress, Director and Art Direction. However, Psycho's soundtrack has continued to haunt audiences for the best part of 50 years and no doubt will give people nightmares for many more years to come - success in itself.
7/12 James Bond
Skyfall marked the end of James Bond’s 30 year wait for an Academy Award. 'Sorry, what?' I hear you say. I know! 23 films and only three gongs. Skyfall was the most nominated Bond film ever, received five nominations including for Best Score, Sound Editing and Cinematography; Adele proved that she has the golden finger (geddit?) when she won the Oscar for Best Original Song last year. Let’s hope that 007 wins Best Picture before it turns 100.
8/12 Reservoir Dogs
This was Quentin Tarantino's debut, and included all the things we've come to love - violent crime; pop culture references; a bloody amazing soundtrack. But no sniff of an Academy Award.
9/12 The Shawshank Redemption
It was up for SEVEN awards, including Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Cinematography - by the law of averages, you'd have thought it would win something. What about Morgan 'get busy living or get busy dying' Freeman? Are the judges made of stone? Clearly because the film walked away with zilch.
10/12 The Big Lebowski
There is an unwritten law somewhere that says that open air cinemas must play The Big Lebowski at least once a season - it must be the most screened film in London. It was deemed so 'culturally, historically or aesthetically significant' that it was added to the National Film Registry last year (that’s a big deal, FYI) and yet, didn't even get a single Oscar nomination.
11/12 Fight Club
The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club'. So the Academy judges didn’t; it received one lousy nomination for Best Effects and nothing else. The completely bonkers cinematography was pushed aside, to say nothing of the talent. At the very least, Helen Bonham Carter should have received Best Supporting Actress for her role as the debauched Marla Singer
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12/12 City of God