Continuing our look at good films that were not nominated for best picture, here are 6 films from the 2000s.
Mulholland Drive (2001, dir by David Lynch)
David Lynch’s masterpiece may have started out as a failed pilot for a television show but, under his direction, it transformed into a hauntingly enigmatic mystery, one that is still being analyzed and debated to this very day. David Lynch received an Oscar nomination for Best Director but the film itself was perhaps a bit too strange and unsettling to convince the Academy to give it the Best Picture nomination that it deserved.
Donnie Darko (2001, dir by Richard Kelly)
Mulholland Drive wasn’t the only film that proved to be too strange for the Academy. Richard Kelly’s haunting Donnie Darko was also snubbed. Apparently, we had good reason to doubt the Academy’s commitment to Sparkle Motion.
28 Days Later (2002, dir by Danny Boyle)
“Hello?” Danny Boyle’s absolutely terrifying “zombie” film invited us to experience a world gone crazy and it pretty much convinced us that it was nowhere that we would ever want to visit. Audiences were terrified. Critics were stunned. However, the Academy was unmoved and 28 Days Later went unnominated.
Inland Empire (2006, dir by David Lynch)
Needless to say, if Mulholland Drive was too strange for the Academy than there was no way that they were going to nominate David Lynch’s even more enigmatic companion piece. Inland Empire is an unforgettable film featuring a great performance from Laura Dern. The Academy should have nominated it for the dance scenes alone.
Zodiac (2007, dir by David Fincher)
Though it may not have been a box office hit, Zodiac is perhaps David Fincher’s best film, a true crime story that achieves a nightmarish intensity. The film was probably a bit too dark for the Academy but it’s both chilling and unforgettable and it also features one of Robert Downey Jr.’s best performances.
The Dark Knight (2008, dir by Christopher Nolan)
I have to admit that I’m not as big a fan of The Dark Knight as some. However, when you talk about infamous Oscar snubs, you have to mention The Dark Knight. This film received several nominations and was one of the most popular films of the year. When it was not nominated for Best Picture, the outcry was so great that the Academy changed the rules to allow more films to compete. 11 years later, Black Panther finally accomplished what The Dark Knight did not and it became the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture.
Up next, we wrap things up with the 2010s!