Worst Best Picture Snubs Ever?
Thursday,January 18,2018 at 12:30PM
NATHANIEL R in Carol,Carrie,Meet Me in St Louis,My Man Godfrey,Oscar Trivia,Psycho,Rosemary's Baby,Some Like It Hot,Thelma & Louise,They Shoot Horses Don't They

by Nathaniel R

This weekon Las CulturistasI froze on the question of "Greatest Oscar Snub of All Time?"so with 5 days out until the nominations (we know we know final predictions coming at'cha starting tomorrow),let's answer it!Restricting ourselves to Best Picture here because you gotta keep it tight when answering loose questions.

SO WHAT WERE THE DOZEN WORST BEST PICTURE SNUBS EVER?Let's group them according to types of injustice...

TYPE 1.PLENTIFUL NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST DIRECTOR.SO WHY COULDN'T OSCAR GO THAT ONE SIMPLE HAPPY STEP FURTHER?My Man Godfrey(1936),Some Like it Hot(1959),2001: A Space Odyssey(1968),They Shoot Horses Don't They?(1969) andThelma and Louise(1991)

In all five of these cases the Best Picture snubs are puzzling.It's not just that the movies are all so grand that you watch them with jaw dropped -- from laughter,cathartic despair,or sheer awe.It's also that the Academy loved them enough to recognize them across multiple branches...

The hilarious screwballMy Man Godfreyarrived before Oscar truly developed its 'comedy is lesser than' routine and the largest branch (actors) just loved it,accounting for four of its six nominations.So did the below the line people in Hollywood just not respond to it at all?Another immortal comedySome Like It Hot,from one of Hollywood's most beloved directors,received nominations from six different branches...so were the other branches absolutely immune to its fizzy charm?

2001: A Space Odysseyis the most understandable of these snubs in that it was provocative and challenging and its nominations came mostly in the less heralded tech categories.And yet,it was a big enough hit with moviegoers and critics that you'd think it would have been respected enough at the time to manage the big one.Especially since Oscar likes 'scale,' if you will,in its nominees.

Thelma and Louisewas obviously a 'just-miss' in 1991 given its six nominations and status as one of the zeitgeistiest of that year's crop.But what happened with Sydney Pollack's furious and formidable Depression era dance-a-thon movieThey Shoot Horses,Don't They?The Jane Fonda led drama still holds the record all these years later of "Most Nominations without Best Picture"with an incredible nine nods.One more small troubling detail about its fate:it's better than all the actual Picture nominees that year.

TYPE 2.MUSICALS ARE NEVER APPRECIATED ENOUGH PART #2,961Meet Me in St Louis(1944) andSingin' in the Rain(1952)

My love for these classics is well known so click on the links to read past pieces.Real talk: both should have WON Best Picture in their years.Meet Me in St Louishas its devotees (The Film Experience is a frequently cheerleader亚博主页) but deserves to be more widely cherished these days for its impeccable mix of genres without ever once sacrificing the resonant American family portrait at its center or immensely pleasurable Judy Garland musical numbers.Singin' in the Rainis inarguably beloved todaybut wasn't back then.It's a pity because pure bliss is not an easy thing to create onscreen.Now imagine having creating it trying to sustaining it for 103 minutes.AndRaindoes,without ever setting a tap foot wrong!


All of these horror classics received acting nominations --Rosemary's Babyeven won a well deserved trophy in Supporting Actress.They were so exceptionally made that Academy voters let go of their qualms about the horror genre to honor them.Tis a pity it wasn't in the top category,though.I'd argue,with no hesitation whatsoever,thatAlfred Hitchcock'sPsychoandRoman Polanski'sRosemary's Babyare the single best movies of their respective years.If Brian de Palma'sCarrieisn't the best film of 1976 it's not for lack of quality.It's just that1976 was an insane year in which perfection was easy to come by;the masterpieces just kept on coming.

That none of the three best horror films ever made (what?that's just my opinion,man) were nominated for Best Picture is more frightening than any jump scare.They all should have gotten the fullExorcistorSilence of the Lambstreatment from the Academy.The 1973 and 1991 Oscar fates of those films proved,however fleetingly,that Academy voters could look past genre trappings and see the Bestness.  Let's hope they do so withGet Outnext week.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(2004) andCarol(2015)

Eternal Sunshinereceived two well deserved nominations (Actress and Screenplay) which means the Academy saw it.So it still baffles the mind that they couldn't bother to nominate it in the most important category in a year with a decided lack of spark among the top contenders.Finding NeverlandandRay?Really???Were the Oscar ballots that year created by Lacuna Inc?Were their memories ofSunshine's inspired surrealism,melancholy beauty and insightful humor partially wiped as they sat down to vote?(Hell,it should have even been the first time a female cinematographer was recognized by the Academybut we're still waiting -- at least for 5 more days -- for that one.)

If you haven't yet realized that Todd Haynes'sCarol,an exquisitely crafted wintry 1950s romance between an unhappy married lady (Cate Blanchett) and a curious shopgirl/photographer (Rooney Mara) is a complete masterpiece of a romantic drama,please watch it again.And again.And again.Five timesat least.Actually make it a Christmas tradition.If you still don't get what the big deal was...well,in the immortal words of Sarah Paulson's Abby Gerhard:

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