6 Good Films That Were Not Nominated For Best Picture: The 1960s


Sonny and Cher walk down the 1968 Oscars Red Carpet

Continuing our look at good films that were not nominated for best picture, here are 6 films from the 1960s.

Psycho (1960, dir by Alfred Hitchcock)

The director was nominated.  Janet Leigh was nominated.  Amazingly enough, Anthony Perkins was not nominated for playing the role that would come to define him.  And, in the end, the film itself was not nominated for best picture.  Perhaps it was too sordid for the Academy.  Perhaps they resented no longer feeling safe in the shower.  Regardless, Psycho has gone on to influence every horror thriller made since 1960.  And let’s not even talk about how much we all cried while watching the finale of Bates Motel.

From Russia With Love (1963, dir by Terence Young)

The first great James Bond film should have also been the first Bond film to be nominated for best picture.  Actually, looking over the films that actually were nominated in 1963, From Russia With Love should have been the first Bond film to win best picture.

Blow-Up (1966, dir by Michelangelo Antonioni)

Mimes playing tennis and David Hemmings briefly breaking out of his shell of ennui to investigate a murder that has no solution!  How could the Academy resist?  Somehow, they did.  Michelangelo Antonioni received a nomination but the film was, at the time, considered to be too controversial to nominate.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1967, dir by Sergio Leone)

Though initial reviews were mixed, Sergio Leone’s Civil War epic has come to be recognized as one of the greatest and most important Westerns of all time.  Perhaps it’s understandable that the Academy of 1967 would be skeptical of an Italian western starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef.  Still, it would have been one of the coolest best picture nominees of all time.  (Shockingly, not even Ennio Morricone’s iconic score was nominated.)

Petulia (1968, dir by Richard Lester)

Though Richard Lester will probably always be best known as the man who directed the first two Beatles films, he also directed one of the definitive 60s films, Petulia.  Sadly, in a year when many lackluster films were nominated, the challenging and rather melancholy Petulia was not.

Night of the Living Dead (1968, dir by George Romero)

Again, we really can’t be shocked that the Academy held off an recognizing a low-budget, independent film about zombies  But come on!  A Night of the Living Dead vs. Petulia Oscar race would have bene one for the ages.

Up next, in an hour or so, the 1970s!

3 responses to “6 Good Films That Were Not Nominated For Best Picture: The 1960s

  1. It pains me to disagree with some of the selections here, but in my opinion, a point is being missed. Some of them had some great and very memorable scenes, but overall, the Oscar quality was not there.

    Comparing them to a car, they’re like the Corvettes of that era; … huge, fast engines in a so-so package. Their fame and popularity exceeded their actual capability. We recall the amazing scenes in Psycho as the film progressed, but forget that the opening scenes were B-movie, drive-in quality at best.

    In hindsight, all these films are – finally – recognized for their breakthrough qualities. But when comparing them to other Oscar nominated films of that era, we should not ignore the fact that we now have the benefit of being able to isolate them. Back then, those who voted on nominations could not be expected to understand their impact on future film making. Oscar nominated films were required to “look like” Oscar-worthy films, like it or not, and these all failed that test.

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    • No need to be pained. Healthy disagreement and debate is one of the keys to any worthwhile discussion about movies, literature, art, or just about anything else that’s worthwhile in the world. 🙂

      Personally, I appreciate it when people take the time to articulate why they disagee, as you just did, as opposed to people who just leave a comment saying, “You’re wrong!”

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