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BIGGEST LOSERS AT THE OSCARS

When a film gets nominated for two or three Oscars, and goes as high as ten categories, it's safe to assume that they'll end up winning at least one oscar, right? Wrong. Plenty of films have been nominated in loads of Oscar categories but failed to take home anything at all. For some of them the reasons are obvious (like stiff competition), but other shutouts have left people wondering why for years.

10. The Wolf Of Wall Street (0 For 5)
Many will say that Director Martin Scorsese's three-hour sex-and-drug fueled The Wolf of Wall Street is the most entertaining film of 2013. That alone garnered plenty of attention from Academy voters and it received five Oscar nominations this year. All eyes were on Leonardo DiCaprio as The Wolf of Wall Street marked his fifth Best Actor nomination with no previous wins. As we now know, DiCaprio himself is now 0-5 because the Oscar went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. However.
9. Double Indemnity (0 For 7)
The test of time has redeemed movies that didn't originally get their due. The 1944 adaptation of the novel Double Indemnity is a film noir classic by director Billy Wilder and his co-writer, iconic crime novelist Raymond Chandler. In fact, it's surprising that the censors at the time allowed the film to be released since it is about a wife manipulating an insurance rep to kill her husband in order to collect on his life insurance. But the 1945 Academy Awards was dominated by the Bing Crosby musical Going My Way, the type feel-good of movie that American audiences went wild for during World War II. If you look over the list of Oscar nominees in 1945 most of them are long forgotten. However Double Indemnity is still revered by film fans.
8. The Godfather Part III (0 For 7)
Considering the overall negative opinion on The Godfather Part III, you might be surprised that it was nominated for any Oscars at all. Even in the context of 1991 it did not make much sense because of the mixed reviews that critics and audiences gave the sequel when it was released. While hindsight has judged that the big winner of the 1991 Oscars, Dances with Wolves, is not quite as good as voters thought it was, The Godfather Part III certainly wasn't snubbed. In fact, a much better gangster movie was snubbed that year: Goodfellas. While Dances with Wolves won seven Oscars, the only Oscar won by Goodfellas was for Joe Pesci.
7. The Shawshank Redemption (0 For 7)
It's hard to believe now, but The Shawshank Redemption – the all-time greatest movie according to thousands of IMDB voters – was a complete failure at the box office. Even though critics raved about it, audiences didn't have much interest in the movie. Because of that it's actually surprising that Shawshank was even nominated for seven Oscars, though the Oscar shutout itself is no surprise because of that same lack of widespread popularity.
Shawshank lost to Forrest Gump in four out of seven categories.
6. The Elephant Man (0 For 8)
The Elephant Man is a deeply moving movie, so it's surprising that it was ignored by the Academy Awards. At the very least, one would expect that the artists who designed star John Hurt's makeup would have won an Oscar for Best Makeup. Unfortunately, Makeup didn't become an Oscar category until the following year's Oscars as a response to the outcry over The Elephant Man not receiving an honorary award for its work. In the categories that it was actually nominated for at the 1981 Oscars, The Elephant Man faced stiff competition from Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull. But Raging Bull faced even stiffer competition from Ordinary People, an Oscar-bait movie directed by Robert Redford that is mostly remembered today for winning the Oscars that Raging Bull should have won.
5. Gangs Of New York (0 For 10)
Despite the fact that Martin Scorsese had been planning to make Gangs of New York since 1978, when it was finally released in 2002 it wasn't exactly the movie he wanted to make. Scorsese's original cut ran over three and a half hours the release was delayed from December 2001 to December 2002 because producers wanted it shortened (the final release runs just over two hours). While even a truncated Scorsese movie might be awards-worthy in the eyes of Hollywood, Gangs of New York was shutout at the 2003 Oscars despite ten nominations. Another Miramax production, Chicago, beat Gangs of New York in six of those categories, including Best Picture. On top of that, Scorsese lost Best Director to The Pianist director Roman Polanski.
4. True Grit (0 For 10)
True Grit is a remake of a John Wayne classic that reunited writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen with The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges. It became one of the highest-grossing Westerns of all-time, and after scoring ten Oscar nominations it seemed like the Coens would add a few more Oscars to their collection. However, two factors led to True Grit being shutout. First, the 2011 Oscars is regarded as one of the stiffest competitions ever, and two of the technical awards that True Grit was nominated for (Art Direction and Costume Design) went to Alice in Wonderland. The second issue was the timing. Jeff Bridges had just won a Best Actor Oscar the year before for Crazy Heart, and Academy voters usually don't like to award actors back-to-back Oscars.
3. American Hustle (0 For 10)
American Hustle was undoubtedly one of the most popular movies of the year with both critics and audiences. But, American Hustle was overshadowed by more popular films like 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and Dallas Buyers Club. Second, the film was co-written and directed by David O. Russell, whose Silver Linings Playbook received even more praise the previous year. Russell, known as an actor's director, not only scored a nomination for himself but impressively directed four American Hustle stars to nominations: Christian Bale for Best Actor, Amy Adams for Best Actress, Bradley Cooper for Best Supporting Actor, and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress.
2. The Turning Point (0 For 11)
When it comes to Oscar shutouts, two films are tied for the record: 11 nominations without a single win. The first of these is Turning Point, which received its litany of inglorious snubbings at the 50th Academy Awards. There are plenty of movies from the 1970s that are still popular today and have cemented their place in pop culture history. However, this 1977 ballet drama is not one of them and few would consider it a classic. However, what really took it down was the competition. The 1978 Oscars belonged to Annie Hall (4 wins) and Star Wars (6 wins), two films that remain beloved by most film fans to this day, leaving little left for other popular films like Julia (3 wins) and The Goodbye Girl and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1 win each).
1. The Colour Purple (0 For 11)
While Turning Point's treatment was a shock, The Color Purple's shutout was a more surprising. By the 1986 Oscars, Steven Spielberg was already an Academy darling with his previous movies winning a combined thirteen Oscars. Plus, this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the difficulties faced by African American women in the early 20th century was unlike anything Spielberg had directed in the past. Though The Color Purple was wildly acclaimed by critics and audiences and was expected to be an Oscar favourite, the big winner of the 1986 Oscars was another literary adaptation, Out of Africa, which won seven Oscars.

Collected from the Internet by Showbiz Desk

Published: 12:00 am Saturday, March 15, 2014

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