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.

  • Kismet
  • My Sister Eileen
  • Carrington V.C.
  • Three Stripes in the Sun
  • Lady Godiva of Coventry
  • Female on the Beach
  • The Shrike
  • The Big Knife
  • Artists and Models
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • The Last Command
  • The African Lion
  • House of Ricordi
  • The Teahouse of the August Moon
  • Attack
  • Back from Eternity
  • The Boss
  • The Killing
  • Anything Goes
  • The Court Jester
  • The Swan
  • Diabolique
  • The Search for Bridey Murphy
  • Diane
  • Serenade
  • Outside the Law
  • The Scarlet Hour
  • Bundle of Joy
  • Lisbon
  • Westward Ho, The Wagons!
  • Secrets of Life
  • Pardners
  • Seven Wonders of the World
  • Omar Khayyam
  • The Sun Also Rises
  • Four Girls in Town
  • The Helen Morgan Story
  • The Pride and the Passion
  • Johnny Tremain
  • The Monte Carlo Story
  • Rice Girl
  • Sea Wife
  • The Tall Stranger
  • Old Yeller
  • Invitation to the Dance
  • Cry Terror!
  • Home Before Dark
  • Imitation General
  • The Last Hurrah
  • Ten North Frederick
  • The Girl Most Likely
  • The Matchmaker
  • Hot Spell
  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
  • The Light in the Forest
  • Eighteen and Anxious
  • Merry Andrew
  • Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Tonka
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Wreck of the Mary Deare
  • Compulsion
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • Green Mansions
  • They Came to Cordura
  • The Black Orchid
  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil
  • The Big Circus
  • The Man Who Understood Women
  • A Summer Place
  • The Wonderful Country
  • The Devil's Disciple
  • The Restless Years
  • But Not for Me
  • The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
  • Al Capone
  • Darby O'Gill and the Little People
  • Gidget
  • Go, Johnny, Go!
  • 1001 Arabian Nights
  • Beloved Infidel
  • Happy Anniversary
  • Home from the Hill
  • All the Young Men
  • Crack in the Mirror
  • The Fugitive Kind
  • Hell to Eternity
  • Who Was That Lady?
  • G.I. Blues
  • Heller in Pink Tights
  • The Story of Ruth
  • The Gallant Hours
  • From the Terrace
  • The Lost World
  • The Trials of Oscar Wilde
  • I'm All Right Jack
  • Make Mine Mink
  • Scent of Mystery