FILM AND STARS THE ACADEMY OVERLOOKED

Although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has awarded many deserving honours to its nominees over the years (Academy Award Winners from 1927/8 to the present), many other Great Films have been entirely overlooked, receiving not even a single Academy Nomination. Other Great Films received Academy Award® Nominations but failed to win a single award. In fact, a large number of excellent performances by Film Actors and Actresses have been ignored or passed over.

Did you know that Great Performances such as Humphrey Bogart's 'Rick' in Casablanca (1942), Bette Davis' 'Judith' in Dark Victory (1939), Laurence Olivier's 'Heathcliff' in Wuthering Heights (1939), James Stewart's 'Jefferson Smith' in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Orson Welles' 'Charles Foster Kane' in Citizen Kane (1941), Clark Gable's 'Rhett Butler' in Gone With the Wind (1939) and Charlton Heston in Kaurtoum (1966) didn't win?

Below is a compiled listing of:

Academy Award®-Nominated Great Films That Lost

Number of Nominations Received in brackets

  • Anatomy of a Murder (1959) (7)
  • Kings Row (1942) (3)
  • Lady for a Day (1932) (4)
  • The Letter (1940) (7)
  • Life with Father (1947) (4)
  • The Little Foxes (1941) (9)
  • The Long Voyage Home (1940)(6)
  • Love Affair (1939) (6)
  • The Love Parade (1930)(6)
  • Madame Curie (1943) (7)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (4)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941) (3)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962) (2)
  • Manhattan (1979) (2)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (1)
  • Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) (4)
  • Morocco (1930) (4)
  • My Man Godfrey (1936) (6)
  • Ninotchka (1939) (4)
  • North By Northwest (1959) (3)
  • Notorious (1946) (2)
  • The Nun's Story (1959) (8)
  • The Odd Couple (1968) (2)
  • Odd Man Out (1947) (1)
  • Of Mice and Men (1939) (4)
  • The Player (1992) (3)
  • Poltergeist (1982) (3)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) (2)
  • The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) (5)
  • Psycho (1960) (4)
  • Quo Vadis (1951) (8)
  • Random Harvest (1942) (7)
  • Rear Window (1954) (4)
  • Rebel Without A Cause (1955) (3)
  • Red River (1948) (2)
  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) (4)
  • The Sea Hawk (1940) (4)
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) (1)
  • Singin' In The Rain (1952) (2)
  • The Spiral Staircase (1946) (1)
  • A Star Is Born (1954) (6)
  • Suddenly,
  • Anna Christie (1930) (3)
  • The Asphalt Jungle (1950) (4)
  • Atlantic City (1981) (5)
  • Baby Doll (1956) (4)
  • Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) (3)
  • Basic Instinct (1992) (2)
  • The Big Chill (1983) (3)
  • Blackboard Jungle (1955) (4)
  • Blade Runner (1982) (2)
  • Blazing Saddles (1974) (3)
  • Blue Velvet (1986) (1)
  • Brazil (1985) (2)
  • Brief Encounter (1946) (3)
  • Broadcast News (1987) (7)
  • The Caine Mutiny (1954) (7)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) (6)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971) (4)
  • The Color Purple (1985) (11)
  • The Conversation (1974) (3)
  • Crossfire (1947) (5)
  • Dark Victory (1939) (3)
  • David Copperfield (1935) (2)
  • Dead End (1937) (4)
  • Death of a Salesman (1951) (5)
  • Deliverance (1972) (3)
  • Diner (1982) (1)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I
  • Learned To Stop Worrying
  • And Love The Bomb (1964) (4)
  • Double Indemnity (1944) (7)
  • Easy Rider (1969) (2)
  • The Elephant Man (1980) (8)
  • Fatal Attraction (1987) (6)
  • Father of the Bride (1950) (3)
  • A Few Good Men (1992) (4)
  • Field of Dreams (1989) (3)
  • Five Easy Pieces (1970) (4)
  • Foreign Correspondent (1940) (6)
  • 42nd Street (1933) (2)
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) (5)
  • Friendly Persuasion (1956) (6)
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987) (1)
  • Ghostbusters (1984) (2)
  • The Great Dictator (1940) (5)
  • Henry V (1946) (4)
  • High Society (1956) (3)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) (2)
  • I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932) (3)
  • Inherit the Wind (1960) (4)
  • It's A Wonderful Life (1946) (5)
  • The Killers (1946) (4)

  • Great Performances (Best Actor or Actress)
    That Weren't Even Nominated For Academy Awards®
    • Mary Pickford as Maggie Johnson in My Best Girl (1927/28)
    • Buster Keaton as Steamboat Bill, Jr., in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928/29)
    • Lillian Gish as Letty in The Wind (1928/29)
    • Edward G. Robinson as Rico in Little Caesar (1930/1)
    • James Cagney as Tom Powers in The Public Enemy (1931/2)
    • Charles Chaplin as The Tramp in City Lights (1931/32)
    • Boris Karloff as Frankenstein in Frankenstein (1931/32)
    • Joan Crawford as Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel (1931/32)
    • Marlene Dietrich as Helen Faraday in Blonde Venus (1932/33)
    • Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly in Duck Soup (1932/3)
    • Joan Blondell in Gold Diggers of 1933 (1932/3)
    • Claude Rains as Invisible Man Jack Griffin in The Invisible Man (1932/3)
    • Greta Garbo as Queen Christina in Queen Christina (1932/3)
    • Jean Harlow as Vantine in Red Dust (1932/33)
    • Paul Muni as Tony Camonte in Scarface: The Shame of a Nation (1932/33) and I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932/33) and lost)
    • Herbert Marshall as Gaston Monescu/Monsieur LaValle in Trouble in Paradise (1932/33)
    • W. C. Fields as Harold Bissonette in It's A Gift (1934)
    • Bette Davis as Mildred Rogers in Of Human Bondage (1934)(a write-in candidate only)
    • Boris Karloff as the Monster in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    • Groucho Marx as Otis B. Driftwood in A Night at the Opera (1935)
    • Leslie Howard as Sir Percey Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)
    • Robert Donat as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps (1935)
    • Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp and Paulette Goddard as the Gamine in Modern Times (1936)
    • Jean Harlow as Gladys Benton in Libeled Lady (1936)
    • Jean Arthur as Babe Bennett in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    • Cary Grant as Jerry Warriner in The Awful Truth (1937)
    • Carol Lombard as Hazel Flagg in Nothing Sacred (1937)
    • Katharine Hepburn as Terry Randall and Ginger Rogers as Jean Maitland in Stage Door (1937)
    • Cary Grant as David Huxley and Katharine Hepburn as Susan Vance in Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    • Katharine Hepburn as Linda Seton in Holiday (1938)
    • Henry Fonda as Abe Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
    • James Stewart as Tom Destry in Destry Rides Again (1939)
    • Jean Arthur as Saunders in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    • Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    • W. C. Fields as Egbert Souse in The Bank Dick (1940)
    • Cary Grant as Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940)
    • James Stewart as Alfred Kralik and Margaret Sullavan as Klara Novak in The Shop Around the Corner (1940) - (James Stewart was nominated for Best Actor as Macauley Connor in The Philadelphia Story (1940) and won)
    • Greer Garson as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
    • Gary Cooper as Professor Bertram Potts in Ball of Fire (1941) - (Gary Cooper was nominated for Best Actor as Sgt. Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941) and won)
    • Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and as "Mad Dog" Earle in High Sierra (1941)
    • Irene Dunne as Julie Gardiner Adams in Penny Serenade (1941)
    • Vivien Leigh as Lady Emma Hart Hamilton in That Hamilton Woman (1941)
    • Barbara Stanwyck as Jean Harrington in The Lady Eve (1941)
    • Jack Benny as Joseph Tura and Carole Lombard as Maria Tura in To Be or Not to Be (1942)
    • Joseph Cotten as Eugene Morgan in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
    • Joel McCrea as John L. Sullivan and Veronica Lake as The Girl in Sullivan's Travels (1941)
    • Spencer Tracy as Sam Craig in Woman of the Year (1942)
    • Joseph Cotten as Uncle Charlie and Teresa Wright as young Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    • Roger Livesey as Clive Candy in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
    • Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund Laszlo in Casablanca (1942/43)
    • Humphrey Bogart as Harry Morgan and Lauren Bacall as Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944)
    • Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff in Double Indemnity (1944)
    • Boris Karloff as Mr. John Gray in The Body Snatcher (1945)
    • Joan Bennett as Kitty March in Scarlet Street (1945)
    • Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine (1946)
    • Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946)
    • Donna Reed as Mary Hatch/Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    • Myrna Loy as Milly Stephenson in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    • Charles Chaplin as Henry Verdoux / Varney / Bonheur / Floray / Narrator in Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
    • Robert Mitchum as Jeff Bailey and Jane Greer as Kathie Moffett in Out of the Past (1947)
    • Deborah Kerr as Sister Clodagh in Black Narcissus (1947)
    • Anton Walbrook as Boris Lermontov in The Red Shoes (1948)
    • Humphrey Bogart as Fred C. Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    • John Garfield as Joe Morse in Force of Evil (1948)
    • John Wayne as Tom Dunson in Red River (1948)
    • Joan Fontaine as Lisa Berndle in Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)
    • James Cagney as Arthur Cody Jarrett in White Heat (1949)
    • John Dall as Bart Tare and Peggy Cummins as Annie Laurie Starr in Gun Crazy (1949)
    • Gene Kelly as Gabey in On the Town (1949)
    • John Wayne as Captain Nathan Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
    • Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele in In a Lonely Place (1950)
    • Sterling Hayden as Dix Handley in The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    • Katharine Hepburn as Amanda Bonner in Adam's Rib (1949/50)
    • Maureen O'Hara as Mrs. Kathleen Yorke in Rio Grande (1950)
    • Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (1951)
    • Robert Walker as Bruno Anthony in Strangers on a Train (1951)
    • John Wayne as Sean Thornton and Maureen O'Hara as Mary Kate Danaher in The Quiet Man (1952)
    • Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood and Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    • Judy Holliday as Florence Keefer in The Marrying Kind (1952)
    • Alan Ladd as Shane in Shane (1953)
    • Gloria Grahame as Debby Marsh in The Big Heat (1953)
    • Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei and Jane Russell as Dorothy in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
    • Charles Laughton as Henry Horatio Hobson in Hobson's Choice (1954)
    • Grace Kelly as Lisa Carol Fremont in Rear Window (1954) - (Grace Kelly was nominated for Best Actress as Georgie Elgin in The Country Girl (1954)< and won)
    • James Dean as Jim Stark inRebel Without a Cause (1955) - (James Dean was nominated for Best Actor as Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and lost)
    • Robert Mitchum as Preacher Harry Powell inThe Night of the Hunter (1955)
    • Henry Fonda as Lt. Doug Roberts in Mister Roberts (1955)
    • Julie Harris as Abra in East of Eden (1955)
    • Sterling Hayden as Johnny Clay in The Killing (1956)
    • John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in The Searchers (1956)
    • Marilyn Monroe as Cherie in Bus Stop (1956)
    • Andy Griffith as "Lonesome" Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd (1957)
    • Tony Curtis as Sidney Falso in Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    • Alec Guinness as Gulley Jimson in The Horse's Mouth (1958)
    • Tony Curtis as Joe-sephine and Marilyn Monroe as Sugar in Some Like It Hot (1959)
    • Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill and Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall in North by Northwest (1959)
    • John Wayne as John T. Chance in Rio Bravo (1959)
    • Lee Remick as Laura Manion in Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
    • Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960)
    • Jean Simmons as Sister Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry (1960)
    • Marilyn Monroe as Roslyn Taber in The Misfits (1961)
    • Kirk Douglas as Jack Burns in Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
    • Joel McCrea as Steve Judd and Randolph Scott as Gil Westrum in Ride the High Country (1962)
    • James Mason as Humbert Humbert in Lolita (1962)
    • Robert Preston as Harold Hill in The Music Man (1962)
    • Ralph Richardson as James Tyrone, Sr., and Dean Stockwell as Edmund Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
    • Tony Randall as Dr. Lao in The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
    • Audrey Hepburn as Joanna Wallace in Two for the Road (1967) - (Audrey Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress as Susy Hendrix in Wait Until Dark (1967) and lost)
    • Steve McQueen as Frank Bullitt in Bullitt (1968)
    • Steve McQueen in The Great Escape (1965)
    • Tuesday Weld as Sue Ann Stepanek in Pretty Poison (1968)
    • William Holden as Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1969)
    • Jessica Walter as Evelyn Draper in Play Misty for Me (1971)
    • Woody Allen as Allan Felix in Play It Again, Sam (1972)
    • Jon Voight as Ed in Deliverance (1972)
    • Gene Hackman as Harry Caul in The Conversation (1974)
    • Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan and Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot in The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
    • Robert Mitchum as Phillip Marlowe in Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
    • Diane Keaton as Theresa Dunn in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) (Diane Keaton was nominated for Best Actress as Annie Hall in Annie Hall (1977) and won)
    • Woody Allen as Isaac Davis in Manhattan (1979)
    Great Actors, Actresses, and Directors Who Have Not Won Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director Academy Awards® (Through 1994)
    (Number of Nominations Received in Parentheses)
    Great Actors Who Have Not Won a Best Actor Award
    (Some of them did receive Honorary Awards)
    • Warren Beatty (4) (Won Best Director Award in 1981)
    • Richard Burton (7)
    • Michael Caine (4) (Won Best Supporting Actor in 1986)
    • Charlie Chaplin (2) (Honorary Awards in 1927/28 and 1971, a Special Award in 1927/8, and the Original Dramatic Score Award in 1972)
    • Maurice Chevalier (2) (Honorary Award in 1958)
    • Montgomery Clift (4)
    • James Dean (2 - Both posthumous)
    • Kirk Douglas (3)
    • Cary Grant (2) (Honorary Award in 1969)
    • Peter O'Toole (7)
    • Robert Redford (1) (Only One Best Actor Nomination, Won Best Director Award in 1980)
    • Mickey Rooney (4) (Honorary Awards in 1938 and 1982)
    Great Actresses Who Have Not Won a Best Actress Award
    (Some of them did receive Honorary Awards)
    • Irene Dunne (5)
    • Greta Garbo (4) (Honorary Award in 1954)
    • Judy Garland (2) (Honorary Award in 1939)
    • Deborah Kerr (6) (Honorary Award in 1993)
    • Vanessa Redgrave (6) (Won Best Supporting Actress in 1977)
    • Rosalind Russell (4) (Hersholt Award in 1972)
    • Barbara Stanwyck (4) (Honorary Award in 1981)
    • Gloria Swanson (3)
    Great Directors Who Have NEVER Won a Best Director Award
    (Some of them did receive Honorary Awards)
    • Robert Altman (4)
    • Michelangelo Antonioni (1) (Honorary Award in 1994)
    • Ingmar Bergman (2) (Thalberg Award in 1970)
    • Clarence Brown (5)
    • John Cassavetes (1)
    • Charles Chaplin (1)
    • Federico Fellini (4) (Honorary Award in 1992)
    • Howard Hawks (1) (Honorary Award in 1974)
    • Alfred Hitchcock (5) (Thalberg Award in 1967)
    • Stanley Kubrick (4)
    • Ernst Lubitsch (2) (Honorary Award in 1946)
    • George Lucas (2) (Thalberg Award in 1991)
    • Arthur Penn (3)
    • Otto Preminger (2)
    • Robert Rossen (2)
    • Martin Scorsese (3)
    • Josef von Sternberg (2)
    • King Vidor (5) (Honorary Award in 1978)
    • Orson Welles (1) (Honorary Award in 1970)
    • William Wellman (3)

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