Continuing our look at good films that were not nominated for best picture, here are 6 films from the 1990s.
Dazed and Confused (1993, dir by Richard Linklater)
An ensemble cast that was full of future stars, including future Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck. A killer soundtrack. A script full of quotable lines. Dazed and Confused seemed like it had everything necessary to score a Best Picture nomination and perhaps it would have if the film had been set in Los Angeles instead of the suburbs of Atlanta. Unfortunately, Richard Linklater’s classic was overlooked.
Casino (1995, dir by Martin Scorsese)
Martin Scorsese’s epic gangster film had all the glitz of Vegas and Joe Pesci to boot! Despite being one Scorsese’s best, the Academy largely overlooked it, giving a nomination to Sharon Stone and otherwise ignoring the film.
Normal Life (1996, dir by John McNaughton)
Life, love, crime, and death in the suburbs! John McNaughton’s sadly overlooked film featured award-worthy performances from both Ashley Judd and Luke Perry and it definitely deserves to be better-known. Unfortunately, the Academy overlooked this poignant true crime masterpiece.
Boogie Nights (1997, dir by Paul Thomas Anderson)
Paul Thomas Anderson first made a splash with this look at the porn industry in the 70s and 80s. Along the way, he made Mark Wahlberg a star and briefly rejuvenated the career of Burt Reynolds. Though both Reynolds and Julianne Moore received nominations, the film itself went unnominated. Oh well. At least Dirk Diggler got to keep his award for best newcomer.
Rushmore (1998, dir by Wes Anderson)
Though the film was nominated for its screenplay, the Wes Anderson classic missed out on best picture Even more surprisingly, Bill Murray was not nominated for his funny yet sad performance. Murray would have to wait until 2003’s Lost In Translation to receive his first nomination. Meanwhile, a Wes Anderson film would not be nominated for best picture until Grand Budapest Hotel achieved the honor in 2015. (That same year, Boyhood became the first Richard Linklater film to be nominated.)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999, dir by Gil Junger)
This wonderful take on Shakespeare not only introduced the world to Heath Ledger but it also proved that a teen comedy need not be stupid or misogynistic. Because it was viewed as being a genre film (and a comedy to boot!), it didn’t get any love from the Academy but it continues to be loved by film watchers like me!
Up next, in an hour or so, the 2000s!