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.

  • Siddhartha
  • 40 Carats
  • The World's Greatest Athlete
  • The Iceman Cometh
  • Bequest to the Nation
  • Oklahoma Crude
  • Dillinger
  • The Seven-Ups
  • Westworld
  • Enter the Dragon
  • The Last American Hero
  • O Lucky Man!
  • England Made Me
  • Shaft in Africa
  • The Tamarind Seed
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Dion Brothers
  • The Front Page
  • Mame
  • Airport 1975
  • For Pete's Sake
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Zandy's Bride
  • The Castaway Cowboy
  • The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
  • The White Dawn
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • How to Seduce a Woman
  • Ride a Wild Pony
  • At Long Last Love
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York
  • Hard Times
  • Rollerball
  • Lucky Lady
  • The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
  • The Eiger Sanction
  • The Yakuza
  • The Return of the Pink Panther
  • W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
  • Gifts of an Eagle
  • Let's Do It Again
  • Mr. Quilp
  • Seven Alone
  • Birch Interval
  • Family Plot
  • Freaky Friday
  • From Noon Till Three
  • Harry and Walter Go to New York
  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
  • Silent Movie
  • Swashbuckler
  • Midway
  • The Bad News Bears
  • Car Wash
  • The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
  • Leadbelly
  • Joe Panther
  • Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • 1900
  • New York, New York
  • High Anxiety
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The Last Remake of Beau Geste
  • Black Sunday
  • MacArthur
  • Rollercoaster
  • Audrey Rose
  • Bobby Deerfield
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • Final Chapter: Walking Tall
  • Backbone
  • The Gauntlet
  • Joseph Andrews
  • Providence
  • The Sentinel
  • The Duellists
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • Who'll Stop the Rain
  • Gray Lady Down
  • House Calls
  • The Big Fix
  • Goin' South
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Capricorn One
  • Coma
  • Magic
  • Watership Down
  • The Cheap Detective
  • Damien: Omen II
  • The Children of Sanchez
  • The One and Only
  • Escape from Alcatraz
  • The Runner Stumbles
  • Winter Kills
  • Hair
  • Sunburn
  • Rocky II
  • Avalanche Express
  • The Concorde... Airport '79