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The Washington Post
Sunday, March 21, 1999

The following films, actresses, actors and directors, often considered among the greatest of all time, did not win Academy Awards.

Did not win the Best Picture:

"The Jazz Singer" (1927)
"City Lights" (1931)
"Frankenstein" (1931)
"King Kong" (1933)
"Duck Soup" (1933)
"The Thirty-Nine Steps" (1935)
"Modern Times" (1936)
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)
"Bringing Up Baby" (1938)
"The Wizard of Oz" (1939)
"Rules of the Game" (1939)
"Stagecoach" (1939)
"Wuthering Heights" (1939)
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)
"Ninotchka" (1939)
"Young Mr. Lincoln" (1939)
"The Grapes of Wrath" (1940)
"The Philadelphia Story" (1940)
"The Letter" (1940)
"Fantasia" (1940)
"His Girl Friday" (1940)
"Sullivan's Travels" (1941)
"Citizen Kane" (1941)
"The Maltese Falcon" (1941)
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942)
"Double Indemnity" (1944)
"To Have and Have Not" (1944)
"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
"My Darling Clementine" (1946)
"Notorious" (1946)
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948)
"Red River" (1948)
"Adam's Rib" (1949)
"The Third Man" (1949)
"The Asphalt Jungle" (1950)
"Sunset Boulevard" (1950)
"The African Queen" (1951)
"A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)
"A Place in the Sun" (1951)
"Show Boat" (1951)
"Singin' in the Rain" (1952)
"High Noon" (1952)
"Shane" (1953)
"Rear Window" (1954)
"Sabrina" (1954)
"The Caine Mutiny" (1955)
"Rebel Without a Cause" (1955)
"Mister Roberts" (1955)
"Giant" (1956)
"The Searchers" (1956)
"An Affair to Remember" (1957)
"12 Angry Men" (1957)
"Vertigo" (1958)
"Touch of Evil" (1958)
"Some Like It Hot" (1959)
"North by Northwest" (1959)
"Psycho" (1960)
"To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)
"Days of Wine and Roses" (1962)
"The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)
"Hud" (1963)
"Dr. Strangelove" (1964)
"Doctor Zhivago" (1965)
"The Graduate" (1967)
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967)
"Bonnie and Clyde" (1967)
"2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968)
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
"The Wild Bunch" (1969)
"Easy Rider" (1969)
"M*A*S*H" (1970)
"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
"McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971)
"American Graffiti" (1973)
"Last Tango in Paris" (1973)
"Mean Streets" (1973)
"Chinatown" (1974)
"Jaws" (1975)
"Taxi Driver" (1976)
"Star Wars" (1977)
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977)
"Saturday Night Fever" (1977)
"The Turning Point" (1977)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979)
"Raging Bull" (1980)
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
"Tootsie" (1982)
"The Color Purple" (1985)
"Brazil" (1985)
"Bull Durham" (1988)
"GoodFellas" (1990)
"Pulp Fiction" (1994)
"Fargo" (1996)

Actresses who never won an acting Oscar:

Barbara Stanwyck
Greta Garbo
Lillian Gish
Agnes Moorehead
Jean Arthur
Carole Lombard
Gloria Swanson
Judy Garland
Deborah Kerr
Rosalind Russell
Edith Evans
Irene Dunne
Myrna Loy
Marlene Dietrich
Angela Lansbury
Thelma Ritter
Jean Simmons
Cicely Tyson
Liv Ullmann
Madeline Kahn
Gena Rowlands
Bette Midler
Glenn Close

Actors who never won an acting Oscar:

Orson Welles
Charlie Chaplin
Ralph Richardson
Fred Astaire
William Powell
Richard Burton
Charles Boyer
Montgomery Clift
Mickey Rooney
Cary Grant
Robert Mitchum
Peter O'Toole
Leslie Howard
John Garfield
Kirk Douglas
James Mason
Albert Finney
Peter Sellers
Warren Beatty
Robert Redford
Woody Allen
John Travolta

Never won an Oscar for directing:

Alfred Hitchcock
Stanley Kubrick
Orson Welles
Charlie Chaplin
Preston Sturges
Ernst Lubitsch
Jean Renoir
Cecil B. DeMille
Federico Fellini
Robert Altman
George Lucas
John Cassavetes
Francois Truffaut
Ingmar Bergman
Martin Scorsese

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