Turning Point and The Color Purple each with 11 nominations and not a single win.
Color Purple had a wild Oscar ride from the moment it became
the first film in history to win the DGA Award that didn't also receive
nomination for Best Director. The film was also notable for having a
record 12 people share the nomination for Best Original Score, as well
as five composers share a Best Song nomination for "Miss Celie's
The film's shutout in the Oscars came as a surprise, as many pundits
predicted a show of support for the snubbed Steven Spielberg.
Turning Point was considered a strong contender on Oscar
night, having won awards as best film of the year from the
National Board of Review and the Golden Globes. Unfortunately for
the producers, the Academy behaved very uncharacteristally that year,
giving the Best Picture prize to a comedy, Annie Hall, and the
Oscars of the year (6) to a science fiction film, Star Wars.
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