Oscar: Biggest Losers, 1929=Present

Oscar: Biggest Losers, 1929-Present

Over the past 94 years of Oscar, many movies went into the Oscar show expecting to win as many awards as possible.

The Academy does not like to use the term loser, claiming that “Just to be nominated is an honor.”

In reality, filmmakers have been devastated to earn multiple nods for their picture and then to witness during the Oscar show how they lose in one category after another.

Below is a list of films that have received at least 6 nominations, but have not received a single award.

They are listed by their number of nominations (and loses)


11 Nominations:

The Turning Point, 1977

The Color Purple, 1985


1o Nominations

Gangs of New York, 2002


9 Nominations:

The Little Fixes, 1941

Peyton Place, 1957


8 Nominations:

Quo Vadis, 1951

The Nun’s Story, 1959

The Elephant Man, 1980

Ragtime, 1981


7 Nominations

The Letter, 1940

Random Harvest, 1942

The Talk of the Town, 1942

Madame Curie, 1943

Double Indemnity, 1944

The Caine Mutiny, 1954

Anatomy if a Murder, 1959

Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte, 1964

Broadcast News, 1987

The Godfather Part III, 1990

The Prince of Tides, 1991

The Remains of the Day, 1993

The Shawshank Redemption, 1994

The Thin Red Line, 1998

Seabiscuit, 2003


6 Nominations:

The Love Parade, 1930

My Man Godfrey, 1936

Love Affair, 1939

Foreign Correspondent, 1940

The Long Voyage Home, 1940

A Star Is Born, 1954

Friendly Persuasion, 1956

Witness for the Prosecution, 1957

Auntie Mame, 1958

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958

Lenny, 1974

Das Boot, 1982

Empire of the Sun, 1987

Fatal Attraction, 1987