There are almost as many people that get excited for hearing the Oscar nominations as the people that get excited for the awards themselves to be handed out. When a single movie gets nominated for nearly a dozen different Academy Awards, you expect them to win at least one down the road, right? Unfortunately for two films, a glut of nominations didn’t result in a single Oscar statuette.
In 1977, director Herbert Ross released “The Turning Point” with Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine about a mother who used to be in ballet and has a daughter that wants to do the same, putting it quite simply. The film was well received by critics, which is why it was nominated for 11 Oscars in the first place.
Bancroft and MacLaine were both nominated in the category for Best Actress at the 1978 Oscars. However, they both lost out to Dianne Keaton for her role in “Annie Hall”. Both Mikhail Baryshnikov and Leslie Browne were nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively, but those titles went to Jason Robards and Vanessa Redgrave for their roles in “Julia”. As for Best Director and Best Picture, those titles both went to Woody Allen for “Annie Hall”.
The other film that received 11 nominations without a win came from none other than Steven Spielberg himself. The 1985 drama about a black woman’s life in the south called “The Color Purple” was a step away from his “Indiana Jones” franchise. Spielberg himself wasn’t nominated for Best Director, but as a producer got a nomination for Best Picture. That title ended up going to Sidney Pollack’s “Out of Africa”.
Several actors were nominated for their work, including Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery for Best Supporting Actress. The duo lost that year to Anjelica Huston for “Prizzi’s Honor”. Finally, frequent Academy Awards host Whoopi Goldberg was given a nomination for Best Actress, but lost out to Geraldine Page for “The Trip to Bountiful”.