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20 Movies That Shockingly Never Won an Oscar

From 'The Shining' to 'Edward Scissorhands,' here is a roundup of classic movies that never took home a golden statue. Be sure to start your Oscar Sunday with a Top 20 countdown of iconic movie songs, starting Feb. 26 at 9/8c on Fuse

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'King Kong' (1933)

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King Kong set the standard for all monster movies, the endless remakes and next month's reboot that came after 1933. It has been ranked high on endless best films of all time lists ever since its release, but its groundbreaking stop-motion animation wasn't enough for it to receive a single Oscar nod.

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'It’s a Wonderful Life' (1946)

This movie is recognized as one of the greatest in Hollywood history, as well as our go-to film to watch during the holidays. Yet It's a Wonderful Life never snagged any of its five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and James Stewart for Best Actor.

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'Rear Window' (1954)

Alfred Hitchcock is the king of thriller films, but he doesn't have enough Academy Awards to show for it! Rear Window, one of his greatest works, didn't win any of its four nominations following its 1954 release.

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'Rebel Without a Cause' (1955)

This melodrama, which was released shortly after James Dean's death, is what solidified the star as a Hollywood icon. While it was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Natalie Wood for Best Supporting Actress, Rebel Without a Cause failed to take home any honors. Well, at least it's issued in the National Film Registry!

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'Vertigo' (1958)

Vertigo is yet another film from Hitchcock that didn't receive any wins! What made matters worse is that it was shoved with just two measly nominations in technical categories: Best Art Direction — Black-and-White or Color and Best Sound.

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'Psycho' (1960)

Can you believe this culturally significant psychological horror didn't win any of its four nominations at the 33rd Academy Awards, including Janet Leigh for Best Supporting Actress or Alfred Hitchcock for Best Director? At least the legacy and impact of Psycho overshadows its award show losses.

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'Taxi Driver' (1976)

Martin Scorsese's brilliant vigilante movie starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster was nominated for four awards, including Best Picture. But it lost to Rocky at the 49th Academy Awards. That's understandable, I guess...

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'The Shining' (1980)

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is not just one of the best horrors of all time, but it is notably one of Hollywood's greatest films in general. So it's surprising the movie didn't receive a single nominations from the Oscars, or even the Golden Globes. All it got were some measly nods from the Razzie Awards and the Saturn Awards. Jack Nicholson's culture-defining performance deserved more than that!

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'The Color Purple' (1985)

Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of The Color Purple became a source of major controversy at the 58th Academy Awards, as it was snubbed for all eleven (!!) nominations despite all the praise from critics. So what won Best Picture that year? Out of Africa. Whatever...

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'Do the Right Thing' (1989)

Despite Do the Right Thing being regarded as one of Spike Lee's best works, the movie didn't walk away with either of its two 1990 Academy Awards nominations: Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

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'Edward Scissorhands' (1990)

It's a wonder that Edward Scissorhands, regarded as director Tim Burton's favorite work, only managed to score a single Oscars nod for Best Makeup, but it didn't even win that!

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'What’s Eating Gilbert Grape' (1993)

Despite Leonardo DiCaprio receiving his first Oscar nomination for his incredible acting in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, neither he or the movie won anything in 1994. Instead, Tommy Lee Jones earned Best Supporting Actor for The Fugitive.

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'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (1993)

Even though Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas made history as becoming the first animated movie nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It was the only nod the film received, yet it ended up losing to Jurassic Park.

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'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994)

This drama, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, was nominated for a whopping seven Academy Awards. But—as you may have already guessed—it didn't win a single one. Fortunately, the movie was preserved in the National Film Registry in 2015.

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'Se7en' (1995)

Se7en is one of David Fincher's most underrated works, and it starred Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey. But the movie's greatness only warranted a single nomination for Best Film Editing, which it ended up losing to Apollo 13.

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'The Big Lebowski' (1998)

The cult classic from the Coen Brothers starring Jeff Bridges as "The Dude" may have been too wacky for the Academy Awards, as its witty humor was overlooked at the ceremony. But to be fair, the directors/siblings were still reeling in the glory of 1996's Fargo.

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'The Sixth Sense' (1999)

M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense scored six nominations at the 2000 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Haley Joel Osment for Best Supporting Actor. Surprisingly, the horror-centric director has yet to win an Oscar for any of his films!

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'Fight Club' (1999)

Fight Club displays some of Brad Pitt and Edward Norton's best acting in their career, and is one of David Fincher's most memorable films. But it only picked up a single Oscar nomination for Best Sound Editing, where it lost to The Matrix.

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'Requiem For a Dream' (2000)

Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama has to be one of the most depressing, heart-wrenching and just f-cked up movies of all time. Yet it only received one Academy Award nomination: Ellen Burstyn for Best Actress. She ended up losing to Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich.

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'Drive' (2011)

Nicolas Winding Refn's crime drama received a shower of love at a handful of awards shows...except at the 84th Academy Awards. The movie (starring Ryan Gosling) was solely nominated for Best Sound Editing. Even so, the gorgeous soundtrack and the intense elevator scene was definitely worth a golden statute. 

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