Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 85th Academy Awards.
Now that Oscar season has officially begun, however, it seems only right to take a look back at some of the films that weren't treated as well by the Academy in the past.
Best Picture is the ultimate Oscar prize, the one every movie is trying to get. But many of the films that we consider some of the greatest in cinematic history not only didn't win this prize: they were never even nominated.
Some classic movies snubbed by the Academy include O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Malcolm X (1992), Sophie's Choice (1982), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
But fifteen films are regarded as such classics, and were in some cases so egregiously ignored, that they warrent a place on a list of some of the worst Best Picture snubs in Oscar history.
These include such iconic films as Rear Window (1954), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and even King Kong (1933).
This list is not meant to imply that choosing Best Picture nominees is easy. Far from it.
But with so many excellent movie overlooked or overshadowed due to their genre, their controversy or simply the competition that year at the Oscars, acknowledging these now-classic films is a way of honoring the beauty of hindsight.
Click through our slideshow to see the fifteen worst Best Picture snubs in Academy Awards history, and to find out who won the Oscar (and who was nominated) instead. Enjoy, and happy viewing!