It’s just an honor to be nominated… Is it really? You’ve heard that expression for years. Let’s face it, the Academy Awards snubs many a film when it posts its nominations. Almost as bad, or in some occasions perhaps worse, is to be nominated for multiple Oscars only to take home none. Hmm… I wonder if someone could create a list of such films. Oh wait, someone just did!
There are actually more films that fit into this category than you might first think. I’ve managed to squeeze 11 onto the list but others also worthy of note include “The Grifters,” “Being John Malkovich,” “The Natural,” “Pride & Prejudice,” and–still my favorite Paul Thomas Anderson film–“Magnolia.” That’s what didn’t make the cut. Now check out what did.
10. The Magnificent Seven (1960) / The Great Escape (1963)
We start out with a pair of films which both only earned a single nomination each, neither taking home the award. One was based on a book, the other was adapted from a Japanese film (which, by the way, also didn’t take home an Oscar). Looking back, you would think that at least one would have won for score (“Great Escape” wasn’t even nominated in that category!), but alas the Academy had other plans. Whether it’s a gang of seven (Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Horst Buchholz, among others) rescuing a small Mexican town or a group of P.O.W.s (James, Garner, Richard Attenborough, and again Bronson, Coburn, and McQueen) attempting to escape from a Nazi camp, both movies long ago earned the mantle of “classic.” A little McQueen trivia for you: The actor crashed his car to be able to free up time while “injured” to work on “Magnificent Seven,” and performed most of his own motorcycle stunts (including the unique move of “chasing himself” in a double stunt as the hero and also disguised as his a German officer in pursuit) in “Great Escape.”
Chico: “Ah, that was the greatest shot I’ve ever seen.”
Britt: “The worst! I was aiming at the horse.”
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