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Six Criminally-Overlooked Films That Never Won an Oscar but Should Have

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Se7en (1995)

Superb performances from Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, an innovative plot and excellent directorial skills from David Fincher counted for nothing in the eyes of the Oscar judges, although it did make the shortlist for best film editing.

Apollo 13 took that particular Oscar along with the best picture, which saw Babe nominated and not Se7en. When a talking pig gets more recognition than one of the best thrillers of the 1990s, you know there’s something wrong with the world.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

It was a case of right film, wrong year for The Shawshank Redemption when it came to Oscar night in March 1995.

Nominated in no fewer than seven categories, hopes were high that Frank Darabont’s prison drama would at least pick up one gold statuette. This, though, was Forrest Gump‘s year as it claimed six Oscars and left The Shawshank Redemption empty-handed.

The Shining (1980)

Undoubtedly the best big-screen adaptation of a Stephen King book and one of the finest horror films ever made, The Shining initially struggled to win over the critics.

Perhaps it was for this reason that it was overlooked for the Oscars the following year, when Ordinary People scooped best picture.

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By Joe Griffiths
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  • JW

    Braveheart won best picture in ’95, not Apollo 13. I think the strongest case is Shawshank Redemption on this list (which contrary to the last statement *is* Stephen King’s best adapted work).

    I’d put Two Towers over Chicago, Saving Private Ryan over Shakespeare, Fargo over English Patient, and Star Wars over Annie Hall.

    ’94 was a tough year – hard to ignore Pulp Fiction.

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