CST Top 10: Top 10 Oscar Snubs

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Welcome back to the weekly Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This week with Oscar nominations recently coming out, we decided to look back at the Academy Awards history and see what films were the biggest snubs. These were the ten films that did not receive an Oscar nomination for best picture, that certainly deserved to. There were many to choose from, so here we go with our list!

10. American Gangster

Starting off the list, we have Ridley Scott’s American Gangster. This is one of his better films. When he is on, his films are homeruns so when this one was so good, people were surprised it did not get more attention. It did receive two nominations, but no best picture nod. No Country for Old Men ultimately won that year, so it was tough overall.

9. Blade Runner

At number nine, we have another Ridley Scott film in Blade Runner. This film was a victim of its time and being way ahead of what the year it came out. This film eventually became a cult hit and is regarded today as a sci-fi masterpiece. Had it been released later, it may have received more attention. Regardless, this is a fascinating film where you pick up something new every time. It also received two nominations, but nowhere near what it truly deserved.

8. Reservoir Dogs

Coming in at number eight, we have Reservoir Dogs. This is one of Tarantino’s earliest films and it showed just what was to come from his legendary career. I believe this film is a victim of the academy saying Tarantino needs to do his time first before becoming a nominee. People love this film and it is still revisited today. Unforgiven ended up winning best picture that year, which was the right choice, but Reservoir Dogs at least deserved a nomination.

7. Blade Runner 2049

At number seven, we have our most recent film on this list, Blade Runner 2049. The sequel to the cult hit Blade Runner, people were hesitant when a sequel was announced. What we ultimately got was a masterpiece by Denis Villeneuve. This was my favorite film of 2017, and one that I thought was a guarantee for a nomination. Unfortunately, this was a great year and only so many films can get recognized. However, there are some films nominated that for sure, do not deserve to be nominated over Blade Runner 2049. If you have not seen this film, take three hours out of your day and put yourself into this world.

6. Zodiac

Coming in at number six, we have Zodiac. Here we have another film that gained a following after its release. David Fincher delivered an intense crime drama about fascinating story. Performances by Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, and Jake Gyllenhaal help add to this great film that was completely overlooked upon its release. If you have not seen this film, it is on Netflix and worth a watch.

5. The Shining

At number five, we have Stanley Kubrick’s classic The Shining. This is regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest horror films of all time. Released in 1980, The Shining was completely overlooked by the Academy receiving zero nominations. A classic film like this deserved some attention but was completely shut out.  A sequel was recently announced to be in development. If it is anywhere close to the original, it should garner more awards consideration.

4. Heat

At number four, we have Michael Mann’s Heat. How was this film not nominated? You have Robert De Niro and Al Pacino at the height of their powers here giving it their all. Within this film, we have one of the greatest scenes of all time with the sit-down between the two stars. Looking back, it is truly shocking that this film was not recognized in 1995. Braveheart was a great movie, but Heat deserved to be recognized with it.

3. Jurassic Park

At number three, we have a Spielberg classic in Jurassic Park. Now, there is no doubt this film was worthy of a nomination. It was an adventure of a lifetime and that is beloved by all generations. Now, the reason it most likely was not nominated was because Spielberg had another film that year that ended up winning it all, Schindler’s List. It is understandable why it won that year, but Jurassic Park deserved some recognition. Did anyone have a better year than Spielberg in 1993?

2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Just missing the top spot is the sequel to the most beloved franchise of all time, Star Wars. The Empire Strikes back took everything we loved about A New Hope and made it better. This film is regarded as the best Star Wars film ever by many and has so many iconic moments. A New Hope was able to win six Oscars. If a New Hope can do that, then Empire Strikes Back should’ve won the whole thing. It is an iconic film that is still referenced today. Its legacy lives on forever.

1. The Dark Knight

At the top spot we have The Dark Knight. When the word snub comes to mind, this is the first film people think of. Everybody thought this film was a lock for a nomination, but the Academy let us down again. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards but not for best picture. This film is the reason for the best picture category expanding from 5 to 10 slots. If The Dark Knight was nominated, there would be no talk of the Academy having a bias against comic book films. That is not the case though. Today, films like Logan, Wonder Woman, and The Lego Batman Movie are still snubbed. Why? We may never know.

So, there you have it, the Top 10 biggest Oscar snubs of all time. Do you agree with our list? What are we missing? What was snubbed this year? Let us know in the comments below. We want to hear what you have to say. We will see you next week when the Top 10 returns.