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Feature Column by Adam Jahnke

An Honor to Be Nominated

If it can be difficult to remember who won the Academy Award for Best Picture, it’s downright mindbending trying to remember everything else it was up against. In An Honor To Be Nominated, I’ll be taking a look back at some of the movies the Oscar didn’t go to and trying to determine if they were robbed, if the Academy got it right, or if they should ever have been nominated in the first place.


An Honor To Be Nominated: Tootsie

It’s a commonly held belief that when it comes to the Academy Awards, comedies get no respect. There’s an element of truth to that. When it comes to Best Picture, comedies are infrequently nominated and almost never win.

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September 10, 2011 9:20 PM ET
When a movie becomes a phenomenon, it's almost impossible for the Academy to ignore. That was certainly the case back in 1977 when Star Wars crashed Hollywood's biggest night.
September 8, 2011 9:00 AM ET
When the nominations for the 73rd Academy Awards were announced, it was by no means a sure thing that Steven Soderbergh would pull off his double-nod hat trick. Only one nomination was really a lock and that was Julia Roberts for Best Actress.
September 1, 2011 9:40 AM ET
While Soderbergh continues his long goodbye from the film business and with one of his (possibly) last films, Contagion, premiering September 9, it seems like a good time to look back at arguably his finest year, 2000.
August 24, 2011 6:25 PM ET
If I were forced to pick just one movie from 1975 as my favorite, it would have to be Robert Altman’s Nashville. It aims high, weaving 24 characters into a beautiful tapestry that forms a microcosm of America, and hits the mark.
August 17, 2011 4:45 PM ET
After the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, Stanley Kubrick turned his complete attention to a mammoth epic based on the life of Napoleon. In his notes, he modestly claimed it would be “the best movie ever made”.
August 11, 2011 9:00 AM ET
When Sidney Lumet died this past April, there was a sense among the online film community that this filmmaker had never quite received the recognition he deserved.
August 1, 2011 4:35 PM ET
Jaws was never supposed to be an Oscar nominated film. In fact, during the tumultuous making of the movie, many doubted it would even be watchable.
July 18, 2011 1:35 PM ET
Only one movie based on a comic book, comic strip or graphic novel has ever been nominated for Best Picture and you need to go all the way back to 1931 to find it.
July 11, 2011 4:10 PM ET
When the Academy opened the door to more Best Picture nominees, did A Serious Man sneak in or did it earn its invitation?
June 27, 2011 4:20 PM ET
There's no business like show business. Just ask the people who work in the motion picture industry.
June 21, 2011 9:05 AM ET
Did the members of the Academy see the word Godfather on their ballots and just vote for it out of habit? Or is the film worthy of its accolades and deserving of a reevaluation?
June 14, 2011 8:00 AM ET
Pop quiz, hotshot. Which movie was the biggest loser in Oscar history, winning none of the multiple awards it was nominated for? If you answered The Color Purple, you're only half right.
June 6, 2011 5:45 PM ET
If it can be difficult to remember who won the Academy Award for Best Picture, it's downright mindbending trying to remember everything else it was up against. In An Honor To Be Nominated, I'll be taking a look back at some of the movies the Oscar didn't go to and trying to determine if they were robbed, if the Academy got it right, or if they should ever have been nominated in the first place.

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