Nolan Dissed for 'Inception': What Was the Biggest Oscar Snub?
Nolan wasn't nominated for Best Director for "Inception" this year -- and has been snubbed in the past for "The Dark Knight," "Batman Begins" and "Memento."
Robert De Niro
His "You talkin' to me?" line in "Taxi Driver" is legendary, but De Niro lost the Best Actor Oscar in 1977 to Peter Finch of "Network." Four years later, "Ordinary People" beat "Raging Bull" for Best Picture.
Scorsese finally won Best Director (and Best Picture) for "The Departed," but film lovers still can't believe that "Goodfellas" lost Best Picture and Best Director to "Dances With Wolves."
"Brokeback" brought a previously taboo movie genre into the mainstream -- which explains the collective shock when "Crash" won Best Picture instead in 2006.
"Saving Private Ryan"
We've never understood why "Shakespeare in Love" beat "Saving Private Ryan" for Best Picture in 1999 -- and we're afraid that the same thing could happen this year if "The King's Speech" trumps "The Social Network."
Bening has never won an Oscar, but her biggest upset took place in 2000, when she lost the "American Beauty” trophy to Hilary Swank for "Boys Don’t Cry." Have to say, both performances were excellent.
He has two Oscars now, but Steven Spielberg was snubbed for directing "Jaws" and didn't win anything until 1994, when "Schindler's List" won Best Picture and Best Director.
Christopher Nolan wasn't even nominated for Best Director.
Yes, the highly complicated "Inception" earned a Best Picture nod, but many insist that the flick was Nolan's directing masterpiece -- even if you didn't "get it" at all.
Nolan has previously been snubbed in the director category for "The Dark Knight," "Batman Begins" and "Memento."
Meanwhile, Annette Bening, nominated this year for "The Kids Are All Right," has been snubbed in the past, losing Best Actress for "American Beauty" to Hilary Swank in 2000. That said, she may finally redeem herself on Sunday if she steals the statuette from Natalie Portman, who is heavily favored for "Black Swan."
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