With a new batch of nominees and winners to celebrate, we would like to take a moment and remember those not-so-fortunate films from the Academy Awards past. So, lets review some of the ceremony’s biggest snubs!
Yes, Jaws was snubbed by the Oscars. So was Titanic, The Godfather, and even Brokeback Mountain. While these films were nominated and, in some categories, even won a few golden statues, it’s widely believed that they were snubbed based on the categories that were lost. Don’t worry, I’ll explain.
Jaws (1975): The intense drama about a murderous shark tearing apart a small beach town was nominated for four Oscars and even won three of them, but unfortunately none of them were for Best Director. Stephen Spielberg was seriously surprised by this, especially since he had a film crew on hand to capture the moment it was announced he was an Oscar nominee — until he wasn’t. Awkward.
Titanic (1997): This fictional film based on the true story of the failed Titanic cruise ship was nominated for 13 Oscars, but again caused quite the stir when it’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, didn’t receive a nomination. His co-star, Kate Winslet, was nominated for Best Actress, but it was widely felt that Leo got snubbed in the Best Actor category.
The Godfather (1972): It might be one of the most iconic classic films in the history of movie making, but did you know that Francis Ford Coppola was snubbed for Best Director? Yes, it received 10 Oscar nominations and even won Best Picture, but sadly Francis lost the coveted Best Director statue to — wait for it — Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
The snubs don’t end here, either. Make sure you check out the gallery attached to see how Brokeback Mountain, Selma, Django Unchained, The Shining, Half Nelson, and other incredible films were shunned from being dubbed Oscar winners.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What do YOU think about these snubs? Comment below with your thoughts!