The Biggest Oscars Snubs Of All Times

The Biggest Oscars Snubs Of All Times

The Oscars are undoubtedly the most esteemed awards platform for the entire film industry. There is no greater prestige for filmmakers than winning an Academy Award for Best Picture. 

However, the film that receives the award for Best Picture, is not always considered to be superlative. If you think about it, it is not unnatural, for one film may not be liked equally by everyone. So there will always be that debate or controversy regarding the Best Picture not being everybody’s favorite. 

Irrespective of IMDB ratings which are considered authentic all over the world, the highest-rated film often has not won the Oscars for Best Picture. In a recent data analysis by Betway, there are some exceptional numbers came the shows how much things go different when you come to the awards.

Here, let us find out some of the most famous snubs in the history of the Oscars.

A draw in the biggest snubs – Best Picture

The biggest snubs in Oscar come with a tie or draw between the films – Saving Private Ryan (1999) and The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers (2003). Both of these films had 1.5 stars more than their corresponding nominee that actually won the Best Picture in those years. Shakespeare in Love, and Chicago were declared the best pictures, respectively.

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There was another nominated film in 1999 – Life Is Beautiful, which also had 1.5 stars more than Shakespeare in Love, but it had much lesser ratings than Saving Private Ryan, which is why that film is not being considered in this comparison.

More snubs

There are many more instances of the losing film that has the biggest gap in rating with the winner.

Many of us have loved the movie – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of The Lost Ark. Now, this film with a rating of 8.4 stars lost to the movie Chariots of Fire, which had 1.2 stars lesser.

And of course, you must already know about the recent greatest snub where Nomadland won the Best Picture award despite having a lower star rating than The Father, which lost out.

Biggest snubs in losers

After taking a look at the greatest snubs in the Best Picture category, let us find out the snubs among the films that miss out on winning an Oscar. Sadly, even with some of the highest ratings on IMDB, these films were not even named in the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.

Shawshank Redemption (1995) tops this list of losers with a whopping 9.3 stars which makes it the movie with the highest rating on IMDB. This movie lost to Forrest Gump which had 8.8 stars.

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Then again, Inception with 8.8 lost out to the Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring in 2002. The fifth-best rated film that also missed out on an Oscar is Goodfellas, with an 8.7 rating. It lost out to Dances with Wolves in 1991. 


Interestingly, there have been more instances when, out of the nominees, the film with lesser ratings managed to grab the award for Best Picture, snubbing out the more potential people’s favorite with more star ratings.