Films snubbed for Best Picture Oscar – Top 5 (Courier #16)

28 Mar

5) Saving Private Ryan (1998)

One of the best war films ever made, yet Spielberg’s masterpiece somehow lost out to medieval rom-com Shakespeare in Love. With an all-star cast including the affable Tom Hanks, as well as some breath-taking scenes such as the storming of the beaches of Normandy, this WWII epic deserved to win Best Picture.

4) Goodfellas  (1990)

Martin Scorsese had yet another of his brilliant films snubbed when Dances with Wolves swept up at the 1991 Oscars to deny this brilliant, epic gangster film the prestigious Best Picture award. Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci all give stellar performances in this gangster flick that defines the genre.

3) Se7en (1995)

David Fincher’s tense thriller was not even nominated for Best Picture in a year when even Babe received a nod, although the award went to Braveheart ultimately. Starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as two detectives, this gripping and exciting thriller warranted some recognition at the Oscars apart from an editing nomination.

2) Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Incredibly, none of Stanley Kubrick’s films won the Best Picture Oscar and he himself never won the award for Best Director. Full Metal Jacket is a harrowing and realistic portrayal of a group of Marines before and during their tour of Vietnam. Yet was not even nominated in a relatively weak year when The Last Emperor won.

1) Citizen Kane (1941)

When you think of the greatest films not to win Best Picture, Orson Welles’s brilliant drama always comes up. It lost to the forgettable and much less well-known How Green Was My Valley in one of the Academy’s most surprising decisions. Consistently named as the best film ever made, it is always surprising to see this film was simply a Best Picture nominee.


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