Deadpool and Silence are perhaps two of the most notable films snubbed by this year’s Oscars – with the latter picking up just one nod for Best Cinematography. But although debate may endlessly rage on whether or not they should have received a Best Picture nom, they are hardly the first films to narrowly miss out on Academy recognition.
Although Batman Begins did much to get the superhero genre back on track, it was the sequel that really showed it had grown up. But despite featuring a darker, more grounded tone and a career-defining performance from the late Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight failed to receive a Best Picture nom at the 2009 Oscars. The snub confirmed many people’s opinion that the Academy doesn’t much care about superhero films. It’s fair to say, though, that The Dark Knight will still be remembered in years to come, even if some of its more recognised contemporaries won’t.
2. Fight Club
The first rule of Fight Club: you don’t talk about Fight Club. It seems the Academy took the film’s most iconic line a little too literally when they failed to give it a Best Picture nom at the 2000 Oscars. Of course, opinion of the film was a lot different at the time, with notable critics like Roger Ebert trashing it for its apparent glorification of violence and messy second half. Many have since eaten their words.
One of the most famous and recognisable movies of all time, Singing in the Rain deserves its place in film history. Perhaps surprisingly, though, Gene Kelly’s cinematic zenith was overlooked by the Academy in 1953, with The Greatest Show on Earth taking home the award for Best Picture. It seems kind of absurd now to think that Singing in the Rain wasn’t even shortlisted, especially seeing as without it we wouldn’t have La La Land – which has just tied the record for the most Oscar nominations of all time. Oh well, Gene didn’t seem too bothered.
Though some will disagree on Stanley Kubrick’s best film, it’s widely considered that his 1968 does-what-it-says-on-the-tin flick is his true towering achievement. But despite receiving a number of nominations and winning the award for Best Visual Effects at the 1969 Oscars, the film didn’t make the Best Picture shortlist. The snub reflected the critical consensus at the time, with many saying it was too arty to fully be enjoyed. Bold words for a film that’s now considered one of the best ever made.
Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Vertigo is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. Also like 2001… Hitchcock’s masterpiece was met with mixed review on release. Such a lukewarm reception arguably played a part in the Academy’s overall disregard for the film, resulting in it only picking up two nominations for the Art Direction and Sound Categories. Happily though, Vertigo has since gone on top top countless ‘Best of…’ lists, and serves to remind us that the Academy doesn’t always get it right.