Stephen Spielberg, ‘Jaws’ — No one was more surprised by this Oscars snub than Spielberg himself, who was so excited about a possible nomination that he had a camera crew at his house while they were being announced.
Jack Nicholson, ‘The Shining’ — It might be one of the greatest horror movies of all time (if not THE greatest), but that wasn’t enough to get the star, Jack, as little as a nomination. Bummer.
Denzel Washington, ‘Philadelphia’ — In the 1993 film also starring Tom Hanks, Denzel portrayed a homophobic lawyer who fought his own demons while representing Tom’s character, a gay man with AIDs, in a lawsuit. He wasn’t even nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Titanic’ — While his co-star, Kate Winslet, was nominated for Best Actress for her work in the 1997 film, Leo didn’t even receive a nod. Major snub.
Jamie Foxx, ‘Django Unchained’ — While Christoph Waltz was nominated, and the 2012 film received nods for Best Picture and Original Screenplay, the black stars of the film, including Jamie Foxx, went snubbed.
Jim Carrey, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ — In the 2004 film, Jim portrayed a man devastated by a breakup from his ex, played by Kate Winslet. Although the tear-jerking performance is still hailed as one of his best, Jim was snubbed for his work in the film.
Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Revolutionary Road’ — Speaking of Kate and Leo, both actors were snubbed after their extraordinary performances in the 2008 drama.
David Oyelowo, ‘Selma’ — The 2014 chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for equal rights was critically acclaimed… but that wasn’t enough to get it’s star an Oscar nom. David later admitted that the snub “bothered” him.
Ava DuVernay, ‘Selma’ — Sadly, David Oyelowo wasn’t the only one snubbed for this 2014 film.
Francis Ford Coppola, ‘The Godfather’ — This 1972 drama became an instant classic thanks to it’s outstanding cast and flawless filmmaking. Although it did receive an incredible 10 Oscar nominations, Francis Ford Coppola lost Best Director. A travesty of justice still to this day.
Mila Kunis, ‘Black Swan’ — She gave a chilling performance in the 2010 drama that scored Natalie Portman a Best Actress nod and win, but Mila Kunis was totally snubbed by the Academy Awards.
Best Picture, ‘Brokeback Mountain’ — Despite a Best Director win, this romantic dramedy about a forbidden love between two closeted cowboys lost for the most coveted Oscar of all: Best Picture.
Tom Cruise, ‘Jerry Maguire’ — Show him the Oscar nominations! It was one of Tom’s most notable films, but sadly the actor didn’t receive the accolades he deserved for this one.
Ryan Gosling, ‘Half Nelson’ — 2017 might be Gosling’s year thanks to ‘La La Land’, but 10 years earlier he was nominated for his incredible role in ‘Half Nelson’. While the nomination was an honor itself, not crowning him an Oscar winner for the role was a definite snub.
Jacob Tremblay, ‘Room’ — At just 8 years old this young actor won over the world with a powerful performance in the dramatic film, but sadly was left out of the Oscar nominees and winners.
Audrey Hepburn, ‘My Fair Lady’ — Believe it or not, there was a lot of controversy about Audrey playing this role over the stage actress, Julie Andrews. Unfortunately Audrey went snubbed for her role in the iconic film.
Spike Lee, ‘Do The Right Thing’ — The 1989 film about racial tensions in New York’s Brooklyn is considered a classic, but it was snubbed by the Oscars and, even worse, lost Best Picture to ‘Driving Miss Daisy’. Ouch.