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.

  • The Idol
  • 7 Women
  • Way... Way Out
  • Before Dawn
  • Love and Marriage
  • Red Beard
  • The Blue Max
  • Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!
  • Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N.
  • The Liquidator
  • Nevada Smith
  • Arabesque
  • Frankie and Johnny
  • Hold On!
  • Paradise, Hawaiian Style
  • Spinout
  • Any Wednesday
  • Moment to Moment
  • This Property Is Condemned
  • What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
  • The Flim-Flam Man
  • In Like Flint
  • Hotel
  • More Than a Miracle
  • The Way West
  • Sofi
  • El Dorado
  • A Countess from Hong Kong
  • The Family Way
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • The Happening
  • The Boston Strangler
  • The Stalking Moon
  • The Killing of Sister George
  • Never a Dull Moment
  • Great Catherine
  • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
  • The Sea Gull
  • Blackbeard's Ghost
  • Head
  • Hell in the Pacific
  • The Secret War of Harry Frigg
  • Yours, Mine and Ours
  • C'mon, Let's Live a Little
  • The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom
  • A Flea In Her Ear
  • I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!
  • The April Fools
  • Topaz
  • What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?
  • Oh! What a Lovely War
  • The Royal Hunt of the Sun
  • Downhill Racer
  • The Madwoman of Chaillot
  • Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
  • Marry Me! Marry Me!
  • Heaven with a Gun
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes
  • Myra Breckinridge
  • Rio Lobo
  • Catch-22
  • A Man Called Horse
  • The Aristocats
  • Dirty Dingus Magee
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
  • Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Norwood
  • R.P.M.
  • Where’s Poppa?
  • Kelly's Heroes
  • The African Elephant
  • The Mephisto Waltz
  • The Grissom Gang
  • The Love Machine
  • Plaza Suite
  • Dirty Harry
  • Le Mans
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes
  • Honky
  • Jud
  • Zachariah
  • Believe in Me
  • The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker
  • Pretty Maids All in a Row
  • Star Spangled Girl
  • Avanti!
  • The Culpepper Cattle Co.
  • Glass Houses
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Snowball Express
  • The War Between Men and Women
  • Roma
  • Savage Messiah
  • The Other
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Snoopy, Come Home
  • The Biscuit Eater
  • Silent Running
  • Super Fly
  • Lost Horizon