Tuesday , May 21 2024


For various reasons, many great films have been ignored or grossly undervalued at the Academy Awards. Forbes has an interesting list of the most egregious omissions:

    Best Also-Rans: Classics Denied By The Academy
    Film Year AFI Rank Nominations Awards Best Picture Winner
    Singin’ In The Rain (MGM) 1952 10 2 0 The Greatest Show On Earth
    Some Like It Hot (United Artists) 1959 14 6 1 Ben-Hur
    Psycho (Paramount) 1960 18 4 0 The Apartment
    2001: A Space Odyssey (United Artists) 1968 22 4 1 Oliver!
    North By Northwest (MGM) 1959 40 3 0 Ben-Hur
    Rear Window (Paramount) 1954 42 4 0 On the Waterfront
    King Kong (RKO Radio Pictures) 1933 43 0 0 Cavalcade
    The Third Man (British Lion Film) 1949 57 3 1 All the King’s Men
    Rebel Without A Cause (Warner Bros.) 1955 59 3 0 Marty
    Vertigo (Paramount) 1958 61 2 Gigi

It would appear the ’50s was a particularly bad time for great movies at the Oscars, especially poor Alfred Hitchcock, who directed five of the movies listed here. North By Northwest – funny, absurd, scary, Jimmy Stewart, Eva Marie Saint – and Rear Window – claustrophobic, paranoid, Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly – are among my favorite movies of all time, although it wasn’t a crime that Ben-Hur and On the Waterfront won Best Film in those years.

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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