Oscar nominees you won’t believe

Oscar nominees you won’t believe

Ah, the Oscars! The very pinnacle of recognition of quality in movies!


An Oscar-nominated movie isn’t necessarily a good movie.

It might be a bad movie with some really good narrow aspect, like sound editing or a song.

Here, then, is a list of ten of those exalted nominees…you may not believe:

Norbit  (2007)
Nomination: Best Achievement in Makeup for Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji

Eddie Murphy produced, co-wrote, and starred (in multiple roles) in this comedy about a man married to an obese woman.

The Swarm (1978)
Nomination: Best Costume Design for Paul Zastupnevich

Irwin Allen directed Michael Caine, Richard Widmark, and Katharine Ross in this killer bee disaster movie.

Whiffs (1975)
Nomination: Best Music, Original Song: George Barrie, Sammy Cahn

Elliott Gould is an ex-military guinea pig who uses secret gases to rob banks.

Heartbeeps (1981)
Nomination: Makeup for Stan Winston

Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters are robots in love.

Junior (1994)
Nomination: Best Music, Original Song for Carole Bayer Sager, James Newton Howard, James Ingram, Patty Smyth

Arnold Schwarzenegger…pregnant!

Ben (1972)
Nomination: Best Music, Original Song: Walter Scharf, Don Black

In this sequel to Willard, a boy’s best friend is his…killer rat. Sure, Michael Jackson had a hit with the song, but still…

King of the Zombies (1941)
Nomination: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture for Edward J. Kay

Yes, zombies! Add Dick Purcell and Manton Moreland to this World War II monster movie.

Mannequin (1987)
Nomination: Best Music, Original Song for Diane Warren and Albert Hammond

Andrew McCarthy makes a mannequin (played by Kim Cattrall) who comes to life in a department store owned by Estelle Getty.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Nominations: Cinematography for Jack Couffer and Editing for Frank P. Keller and James Galloway

Winning Best Editing is often a predictor of Best Picture, and Cinematography is an important category, but despite the fact that many people loved the book, this movie about a seagull who wants to get more out of life is probably not the first thing that comes to mind as an Oscar movie.

Shanks (1974)
Nomination: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score for Alex North

William Castle (The Tingler, House on Haunted Hill) directs Marcel Marceau as a deaf mute puppeteer who works for a mad scientist and when his boss dies, uses his secrets to animate dead bodies and get revenge.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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