January 27th, 2012
12:47 PM ET
Even with the ability to nominate 10 movies for the best picture category, the Academy Awards manages to rile the moviegoing public with snubs, year after year.
This year's round of nominations in the best picture category alone had film fans crying foul over the inclusion of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," without any love for the movies some wanted to see acknowledged, such as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Bridesmaids."
But if history has taught us anything, it's that an Oscar isn't necessarily indicative of what will stand the test of time. If you're annoyed with the Academy for failing to highlight what you thought was one of the best of 2011, take comfort in the fact that these five classics didn't get best picture nods when they were released either.
The list of snubs from the Academy is a seemingly endless one, and can be broken down into a variety of categories. Here's just a few titles that weren't in the running for the top honor, yet are now seen as some of the best films of the last 60 years, or so.
Additionally, a few of the more recent best picture snubs get honorable mentions.
We know you're itching to amend, re-arrange, and add some titles to this round-up - so, cinephiles, the floor is yours in the comments.
1. "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) - The Academy didn't get the same "glorious feeling," apparently. "High Noon"; "Moulin Rouge"; "Ivanhoe"; "The Quiet Man"; and the year's winner, "The Greatest Show on Earth," were nominated instead.
2. "Vertigo" (1958) - Funnily enough, the director of one of this awards season's most mentioned movies, "The Artist," got into something of a conflict with "Vertigo" star Kim Novak because he used the score to Hitchcock's classic in his 2011 black-and-white ode to cinema.
3. "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) - This "epic drama of adventure and exploration" was passed over in favor of "Funny Girl"; "The Lion in Winter"; "Rachel, Rachel"; "Romeo and Juliet"; and the year's best picture winner, "Oliver!".
4. "Some Like It Hot" (1959) - A famous work of Marilyn Monroe's that earned six nods that year, but missed the best picture category.
Interestingly, although Monroe herself was never nominated for an Academy Award, Michelle Williams currently is up for the best actress Oscar for playing the screen siren in "My Week with Marilyn."
5. "Psycho" (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for directing this feature, but the iconic thriller didn't make it into the year's best picture category.
"Do the Right Thing" (1989)
"The Dark Knight" (2008)
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