Films Shortlisted (and Not Nominated) for an Academy Award

From the 1940s until 1979, branches of the Academy named and screened finalists in the categories of Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Film Editing, Sound and Music. The Sound Editing award also, until 2005, was winnowed down from a shortlist. At present, finalists are named in the categories for Makeup & Hairstyling, Visual Effects, Music, International Feature Film, Documentary and Short Film. Those which were shortlisted, but ultimately not nominated in any category are listed here.

A fairly complete list by year and category may be viewed here. This information was compiled from trade journals, newspapers and Academy press releases.

Please comment if you are aware of any shortlists that are not mentioned here. I have yet to see shortlists from 1947-1948 and many from the '80s and '90s.

  • Along Came Jones
  • The Cheaters
  • She Wouldn't Say Yes
  • It's a Pleasure
  • The Fountainhead
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Oh, You Beautiful Doll
  • Red Canyon
  • The Red Pony
  • The Great Gatsby
  • You're My Everything
  • The Set-Up
  • Task Force
  • The White Tower
  • The Big Lift
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Dallas
  • My Blue Heaven
  • Bright Leaf
  • The Desert Hawk
  • The Eagle and the Hawk
  • The Petty Girl
  • Gigi
  • Rio Grande
  • Francis
  • Champagne for Caesar
  • No Man of Her Own
  • 711 Ocean Drive
  • Dancing in the Dark
  • Il Trovatore
  • Let's Dance
  • Summer Stock
  • Across the Wide Missouri
  • Kim
  • His Kind of Woman
  • People Will Talk
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • The Prince Who Was a Thief
  • The River
  • Oliver Twist
  • The Golden Horde
  • Meet Me After the Show
  • No Highway
  • Orpheus
  • Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Distant Drums
  • Of Men and Music
  • On Moonlight Bay
  • Blackbeard, the Pirate
  • The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • April in Paris
  • Scaramouche
  • Mara Maru
  • The Iron Mistress
  • Paula
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The San Francisco Story
  • Somebody Loves Me
  • I'll See You in My Dreams
  • Lovely to Look At
  • Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Island in the Sky
  • Don Camillo
  • So Big
  • A Lion Is in the Streets
  • The Clown
  • Here Come the Girls
  • Salome
  • So This Is Love
  • Little Boy Lost
  • Flight Nurse
  • Jack Slade
  • 99 River Street
  • Penny Princess
  • Peter Pan
  • Second Chance
  • Dangerous When Wet
  • Melba
  • Down Three Dark Streets
  • The Human Jungle
  • Suddenly
  • Forever Female
  • Hobson's Choice
  • Man in the Attic
  • Deep in My Heart
  • The French Line
  • Woman's World
  • Witness to Murder
  • Carnival Story
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Day of Triumph
  • Blood Alley
  • Cinerama Holiday
  • The Desperate Hours
  • I Am a Camera
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Wages of Fear