This list is twenty-one films that were nominated for multiple Oscars, including several that were nominated for Best Director, yet somehow missed out on a Best Picture nomination. I’m starting in 1951 because I went all the way down to 1927 and mostly, until 1951, the best films managed to get nom’d for Best Picture. I think this mostly had to do with all the years wherein ten films were nominated for the top prize. Although, last year when there were ten slots again there were several films I would have nom’d over say, The Blind Side. I’m not going to talk about any of those though, because that would take up almost the whole post. Instead, I have twenty-one films from 1951 to 2008 that I think should have gotten one of the Best Picture slots of their year.
Cameron Crowe has directed 6 movies. I love and own on DVD 5 of those movies. His sixth film I really disliked. What I love so much about Cameron Crowe’s films, more than the great stories and characters he creates, is his use of music. There are few directors who infuse music so deeply into the stories they’re telling the way Crowe does. I’m sure this has to do with his background as a writer/editor with Rolling Stone Magazine. I owe a lot of my taste in music to the soundtracks of Crowe’s films. Crowe introduced me to Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Sigur Rós and Spiritualized, just to name a few of the bands that have graced his soundtracks.