From ‘Jaws’ to ‘Black Beauty,’ this fan had a crush on ‘no nomination’ movies

[photo: DreamWorks] America has always had an outsized crush on film — cinema at the cineplex was the only entertainment that lasted all day. Without movies, we’d be the kind of people who just…

From ‘Jaws’ to ‘Black Beauty,’ this fan had a crush on ‘no nomination’ movies

[photo: DreamWorks]

America has always had an outsized crush on film — cinema at the cineplex was the only entertainment that lasted all day. Without movies, we’d be the kind of people who just peek at what’s on TV in between scenes of Donald Trump cursing at soccer moms. Back in the day, when most things were made in studios, the credits usually included a little credit for “story by” or “first-time screenplay by.”

And as American cinema blossomed in the 1930s, the list of sometimes-lucrative screenplays that never received an Oscar nomination rose alarmingly. Some were allegedly ineligible, others totally insane. (For the full list, check out The 12 Flawed Versions of “The Revenant.” And also the 11 biggest “Biggies” to go unused at the Academy Awards.) The problems were numerous and embarrassing. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” was derided by Oscar voters as “too creative” for the competition in 1954, and countless audiences got sick of the Oscars’ willingness to cast aside movie.com-designed gloss of praise for mistakes in Alfred Hitchcock’s own “Notorious.”

So, to honor the ever-present love for cinema in this country, we want to know which movies have never received an Oscar nomination, and why. Which writer didn’t crack the writers’ branch, and why? Which set was overlooked, and why? Which original screenplay was basically composed of subtexts waiting to be said? Click over to the Advocate to tell us why you’re rooting for “Shock Corridor” or “Panic Room” — or why your organization isn’t nominated at all.

If your movie fails to receive an Oscar nomination, we’d love to hear the other great films you’ve always wanted a nomination for. What movies should have gotten Oscar nominations? (For example, why is “Jaws” not a best picture nominee, because there aren’t five spots on a best picture list?).

Plus, even if you didn’t make a film that failed to get an Oscar nomination, let us know why the Academy (or the Academy voters) overlooked your masterpiece.

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