Trivial Matters #28 – Most nominations for a non-Best Picture nominee

While I was writing the last trivia entry, I got to Carol‘s six nominations without one for Best Picture, and I got to wondering which non-Best Picture nominated films in Academy history have received the most. Here, then, are the 18 films with at least seven nominations but no love in the Best Picture category, with number of wins in brackets:

  • 21st (1948) – Joan of Arc – 7 (2)
  • 22nd (1949) – Come to the Stable – 7 (0)
  • 37th (1964) – Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte – 7 (0)
  • 39th (1966) – Hawaii – 7 (0)
  • 40th (1967) – Thoroughly Modern Millie – 7 (1)
  • 41st (1968) – Star! – 7 (0)
  • 42nd (1969) – They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – 9 (1) – The record!
  • 45th (1972) – The Poseidon Adventure – 8 (1)
  • 50th (1977) – Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 8 (2)
  • 54th (1981) – Ragtime – 8 (0)
  • 55th (1982) – Victor/Victoria – 7 (1)
  • 59th (1986) – Aliens – 7 (2)
  • 61st (1988) – Who Framed Roger Rabbit – 7 (4)
  • 63rd (1990) – Dick Tracy – 7 (3)
  • 67th (1994) – Bullets Over Broadway – 7 (1)
  • 76th (2003) – Cold Mountain – 7 (1)
  • 79th (2006) – Dreamgirls – 8 (2)
    • This is the only time in Academy history that the film with the most nominations of the year did not receive one for Best Picture.
  • 81st (2008) – The Dark Knight – 8 (2)

Incidentally, there have been three years in which two films not nominated for Best Picture received more nominations than the winner:

  • 5th Academy Awards (1931/32)
    • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (3); The Guardsman (2)
    • Winner: Grand Hotel (1)
  • 25th Academy Awards (1952)
    • The Bad and the Beautiful (6); Hans Christian Andersen (6)
    • Winner: The Greatest Show on Earth (5)
  • 79th Academy Awards (2006)
    • Dreamgirls (8); Pan’s Labyrinth (6)
    • Winner: The Departed (5)
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One thought on “Trivial Matters #28 – Most nominations for a non-Best Picture nominee

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