30 movies you won't believe didn't win Oscars

11. Heat (1995)

The movie: Epic crime noir from director Michael Mann in which Robert De Niro and Al Pacino go head to head. Sort of.

Was it even nominated: Nope. Despite being one of the best crime dramas ever made, for some reason the Academy didn't notice it even existed.

What it should’ve won:
It would've been nice to see Val Kilmer get a Best Supporting Actor gong for this, and of course Dante Spinotti's cinematography is to die for.

10. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The movie: Wildly entertaining biopic of stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) from his rise through the ranks to his downfall as a result of fraud and corruption.

Was it even nominated: It picked up five nominations, including a Best Director nod for Martin Scorsese and a Best Actor nod for DiCaprio.

What it should've won: Sure, Matthew McConaughey is great in Dallas Buyers Club but, for us, DiCaprio should have had his first Oscar for the Quaaludes sequence alone which had us struggling to breathe.

9. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The movie: Quentin Tarantino's bloodbath of a debut feature, in which a heist goes wrong, then somebody has their ear cut off.

Was it even nominated: Tarantino's debut didn't receive a single nomination. It's OK, though - the Academy made up for their error by giving him a baldie in 1994 (for Pulp Fiction) instead.

What it should’ve won: Best Original Screenplay. Have you HEARD the dialogue in this movie?

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The movie: Festive chills from director Henry Selick, who presents an alternative Christmas yarn in which Halloweentown misunderstands the festive season.

Was it even nominated: It received a Best Visual Effects nom, but nothing else. Perhaps it was deemed just a little too odd (and dark) for the Academy.

What it should’ve won: "What's This?" could easily have swiped Best Song, while Selick undoubtedly deserved Best Director, if only because of the painstaking work involved in creating a stop-motion marvel such as this.

7. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

The movie: Darkly magical fantasy from Tim Burton. Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) escapes his isolated castle and attempts to fit in with normal '60s society.

Was it even nominated:
Stan Winston received a doff of the cap for Best Makeup, but everybody else was left scratching their heads.

What it should’ve won: Best Makeup should have been a shoo-in (damn you Dick Tracy), and Depp would have been a far more interesting choice over Jeremy Irons (who won Best Actor for Reversal of Fortune).

6. The Lego Movie (2014)

The movie: Ordinary guy Emmet (Chris Pratt) finds himself embroiled in the world-conquering plans of evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Inspired, inventive and with one of the best final act twists in years.

Was it even nominated: Everything is not awesome. The animation picked up a deserved Best Original Song nomination, but was scandalously overlooked in the Best Animated Feature Film category.

What it should've won: Sorry Baymax. We love you, yet The Lego Movie should have walked home with the Oscar comfortably, and we STILL can't work out why it wasn't even in contention.

5. Drive (2011)

The movie: Nicolas Winding Refn's slick, 80s-style crime thriller in which Ryan Gosling's Driver attempts to help his neighbour (Carey Mulligan), only to find trouble waiting…

Was it even nominated:
Just one nomination for Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis's gorgeous sound editing.

What it should’ve won: Best Original Score (talk about atmospheric), and Gosling should definitely have been up for Best Actor - his is a tour de force performance of restraint.

4. Fight Club (1999)

The movie: The Narrator (Edward Norton) has his life turned upside down by Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), the founder of an underground fight club.

Was it even nominated:
Just one nomination for Best Effects, which is a bit of a kick in the teeth considering the amount of talent involved in this one.

What it should’ve won:
Best Cinematography (you can't deny it looks stunning) or Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter.

3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The movie: Adapted from Stephen King's novella, in which wrongly-imprisoned banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) attempts to escape jail.

Was it even nominated: Despite bombing at the box office, The Shawshank Redemption was nomination for seven Oscars, including Best Cinematography, Best Picture and Best Sound.

What it should’ve won: Best Picture or Best Adapted Screenplay, though we imagine Morgan Freeman was angling for that Best Actor gong, too.

2. The Big Lebowski (1998)

The movie: 'The Dude' Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for a millionaire and has to accept a job to pay for the damage he does to the rich Lebowski's home.

Was it even nominated: Nope - the best the Coens got was a Berlin Golden Bear nomination.

What it should’ve won: Bridges deserved Best Actor, but John Goodman's scene-stealing performance definitely should have earned him a Supporting Actor award.