10 Oscar Deserving Movies You Need To Watch

Oscar snubs happen every year and for those who aren't familiar with the term.

"A Snub" is not simply a film that has been ignored, technically to qualify as a ‘snub’, a film must be in serious contention to get nominated in at least one category and trust me, every year we hear the whining, and we sympathize

To be honest this list is not about the movies which should have won at the Oscars, whether or not we think that The Shawshank Redemption should have beaten Forrest Gump in the Best Picture category is irrelevant.

I have simply curated a list of time-tested movies which did not earn a single Academy Award in any category but are deserving of every bit of our attention.

1. The Shawshank Redemption

The year was 1994 and a story about a simple-minded man by the  name of Forrest Gump won six Academy Awards. The Shawshank Redemption went home empty-handed that evening, despite its seven nominations. Fast forward to 2018 the film currently ranks #1 on IMDb's Top 250 films ever made

2. Fight Club

This movie is considered to be David Fincher's one of the best movies of all time and not to mention the feminization of the American male which kinda shocked audiences and jaw-dropping ending.

The film was nominated for Best Effects, but failed to receive obvious nominations for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Fight Club is currently ranks 10 on IMDb's Top 250 films, and is considered as a  bona-fide cult classic.

3. Psycho

It hard to digest the fact that Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award, which says a lot about the whole awards process, considering that he is widely regarded as one of the best directors in the history of cinema.

Pyscho, which is considered as one of his signature movies was nominated for four Oscars. Hitchcock probably should have won for Best Director, but he wasn't even recognized by the Academy in 1961.

4. 12 Angry Men

This 1957 classic manages to create an incredible drama and conflict without even leaving the jury room.

The movie is often cited as one of the best-acted and best-written films in the history of cinema.

The movie was nominated for three Oscars but unfortunately it was snubed though 12 Angry Men has aged like fine wine and currently ranks 7 on IMDb's Top 250 Films.

5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sergio Leone has a history of getting snubbed by the Academy time and time again.

 Italian director's third installment of his Dollars Trilogy failed to garner a single nomination.

Though many critics still consider The Good, the Bad and the Ugly the finest Western ever made. It certainly could have earned an Oscar, and the fact that Leone has never even been nominated for any of his epic films is a cinematic crime. 

6. The Shining

Over the ages horror films rarely manage to get any awards and i am not suprised by the fact that Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece failed to gather a single Academy Award nomination.

The Shining, now is often cited as one of the best psychological horror films ever made.

7. Taxi Driver

"You talking me?" One of the famous dialogues from the movies tells us about delusional, alienated cab driver in New York City which in fact received four Oscar nominations and which included one for Best Picture.

I think Scorsese should have probably won the Oscar for Best Director, but the fact that he wasn't even nominated is a joke.

The film did win the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, and is cited by the American Film Institute as the 52nd greatest American film ever made.

8. Once Upon a Time in America

This movie is still considered as the cinematic masterpiece of all time.

The film was worth of all the accolades and praise, but sadly it received neither from the Academy.

I really felt if this movie was nominated It could have easily won a slew of Oscars, including one for Best Picture and Best Director.

Once Upon a Time in America may in fact be the best unseen classic in the history of cinema.

9. Memento

There has never been a more structurally innovative film than this masterpiece Memento. Though  this movie did receive nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing, but sadly it won neither.

The Story line was liked by the masses which in short was about a man with short term memory loss who is trying to find out who killed his wife.

10. Ghostbusters

Sadly Ghostbusters is another example of genre bias at the Oscars.

Though comedies typically don't win Academy Awards, not even really smart ones with spectacular special effects.

There aren't too many movies that have a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film was nominated for Best Effects/Visual Effects and Best Music/Original Song.


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