The BAFTAs are over for another year and The Artist, which I loved, has cleaned up in all the major categories.

With the Oscars approaching and The Kermodes handed out this Saturday I want to know what is the greatest film never to figure in the Academy Awards?

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  • Comment number 286. Posted by DWoods223

    on 4 Jan 2013 11:32

    How on this Earth could Al Pacino not win Best Actor for any of those films he made in the 70s? Particularly the Godfather Part II. Another heinous miscarriage of justice is Goodfellas losing out to Dances with Wolves. Dances with Wolves!! Kevin Costner beat Scorsese! Unbelievable!

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  • Comment number 285. Posted by simaocayatte

    on 28 Feb 2012 15:31

    The biggest, most unforgivable omission of all time, has to be the time Mr. Stanley Kubrick didn't win an Oscar.

    Oh no, wait. It was every time.
    Every film. Every single masterpiece. Rejected. Ignored. Trashed.

    Oh well, it's okay. Ron Howard got two. (?)

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  • Comment number 284. Posted by yorkienne

    on 26 Feb 2012 03:37

    And while on the topic of French film, Romain Duris' performance as Paul in Eric Lartigau's 2010 film L'Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie (The Big Picture) was a painful omission. The broad range of emotions he portrayed of a man who sees his on-the-surface perfect Parisian life devastated by a single incident, and who then has to go about rebuilding his entire existence and identity is superb. It as not overdone, just perfect.

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  • Comment number 283. Posted by yorkienne

    on 26 Feb 2012 03:31

    Of Gods And Men is absolutely the film that I was shocked and appalled to see snubbed.

    The fact that it did not make the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, never mind the snub for Best Film was just ridiculous.

    It is one of those films which shocks you with its simplicity and beauty. The performances by the actors are exquisite and it is beautifully directed. The scene where the monks gather together for a meal, their fate hanging heavily over their heads, and listen to a piece from Swan Lake, the camera getting ever closer on their faces as they are more and more moved by this powerful and wonderful piece of music (in great contrast to the simplicity and humbleness of the lives they live). It is just a stunning piece of cinema, and to not even see it recognised as a contender in either category was appalling.

    It is in my opinion far better than The King's Speech, Black Swan, True Grit, The Fighter and The Social Network. All of which are fine films in my opinion, but nothing close to the piece of art that is Of Gods and Men. When will the Academy take Foreign Language Films seriously and stop giving them the 'BFLF' consolation prize? It's all a bit of a joke.

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  • Comment number 282. Posted by jlichtman

    on 26 Feb 2012 00:46

    The all time greatest Oscar snub without a doubt belongs to Psycho (Hitchcock). Psycho was not even NOMINATED in 1960, and The Apartment went on to win the Oscar. I like Jack Lemmon but come on now.

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  • Comment number 281. Posted by Michael Miller

    on 25 Feb 2012 19:06

    The most unforgivable act of dismissle by the Academy Awards has to be 2005's low budget family film Duma.

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  • Comment number 280. Posted by Uriah

    on 23 Feb 2012 14:03

    This should be a simple formula. What's the greatest film to win Best Picture at the Oscars? The Godfather? Casablanca? Then just think of all the films that are better than it (and were made after 1929). There must be dozens, but here are a few:

    The Seven Samurai
    Persona
    Vertigo
    2001
    The Leopard

    I don't know that any of these were exactly "robbed" at the Oscars, and I haven't even looked up what they lost to, but I know none of them won and that they lost to a worse film.

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  • Comment number 279. Posted by madgirlipswich

    on 21 Feb 2012 12:26

    People always say that comedies don't get the respect of the Oscars so in my book its got to be Life of Brian for best original screenplay.

    Is there anyone that doesn't quote lines from this, the greatest comedy of all time?

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  • Comment number 278. Posted by aberis

    on 21 Feb 2012 11:17

    Haven't read through all the comment, but Michael Parks as Abin Cooper in Red State by Kevin Smith. A quite terrifying and chilling character, who let's face it, you could easily believe exists in middle America.

    That said, Kevin Smith himself for Screenplay or Director. I appreciate he is not the stereotype for a movie director and his comedies you either love or hate, but Red State is such a phenomenally chilling and provocative movie, and maybe a little controversial, but surely it deserves some recognition. Even if it is to upset Mr. Smith by receiving what he would probably see as some "sell-out" recognition ;-)

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  • Comment number 277. Posted by SpaceFarer

    on 21 Feb 2012 05:15

    To Dr. K.

    I am sure you will agree that one of the most criminal oversights by the Academy has to have been failing to give a nomination to Jeff Goldblum for his devastatingly powerful work in David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986). Here was a performance in which you were both horrified at what the character was becoming as well as distraught at what he was going through. By extension, one can even ask why have the Oscars continually ignored David Cronenberg when it comes time to give out nominations for Best Director?

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