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.

  • North to Alaska
  • Cinderfella
  • The Crowning Experience
  • Eugene Onegin
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • King of Kings
  • The Innocents
  • The Outsider
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • The Young Doctors
  • Cry for Happy
  • The Great Impostor
  • Sanctuary
  • Parrish
  • The Second Time Around
  • The Sins of Rachel Cade
  • Snow White and the Three Stooges
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • The Devil at 4 O'Clock
  • The Comancheros
  • Pit and the Pendulum
  • Blue Hawaii
  • Everything's Ducky
  • All Hands on Deck
  • Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man
  • Advise & Consent
  • Experiment in Terror
  • Five Finger Exercise
  • Black Tights
  • The Counterfeit Traitor
  • The Cabinet of Caligari
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • If a Man Answers
  • Cape Fear
  • The Interns
  • Gay Purr-ee
  • Girls! Girls! Girls!
  • The Notorious Landlady
  • State Fair
  • Boys' Night Out
  • In Search of the Castaways
  • Under the Yum-Yum Tree
  • The Haunting
  • Son of Flubber
  • The Victors
  • Spencer's Mountain
  • Summer Magic
  • Kings of the Sun
  • A Child Is Waiting
  • Kill or Cure
  • Follow the Boys
  • Fun in Acapulco
  • Move Over, Darling
  • McLintock!
  • Goodbye Charlie
  • Sunday in New York
  • The World of Henry Orient
  • Dead Ringer
  • Kiss Me, Stupid
  • The Carpetbaggers
  • Good Neighbor Sam
  • Soldier in the Rain
  • A Distant Trumpet
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Kitten with a Whip
  • The Outrage
  • Marnie
  • Pajama Party
  • Rio Conchos
  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet
  • Roustabout
  • Summer Holiday
  • Circus World
  • I'd Rather Be Rich
  • Harlow
  • The Bedford Incident
  • Rapture
  • Sylvia
  • Synanon
  • Boeing, Boeing
  • Those Calloways
  • The War Lord
  • My Blood Runs Cold
  • Signpost to Murder
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Marriage on the Rocks
  • Never Too Late
  • Strange Bedfellows
  • Mirage
  • The Hallelujah Trail
  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
  • I'll Take Sweden
  • That Darn Cat!
  • Tickle Me
  • Baby the Rain Must Fall
  • How to Steal a Million
  • Clouds Over Israel
  • Lord Love a Duck
  • Follow Me, Boys!
  • The Glass Bottom Boat