If you comb through the Oscar nominees from the past 79 years, it might look like a pretty decent list of quality films. But if you start to consider the titles that weren't nominated, you can get a more complete picture of just how badly they have failed to represent the broad spectrum. It's easy to find neglected Best Picture contenders that weren't nominated (Touch of Evil, Vertigo, 2001: A Space Odyssey, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Do the Right Thing, Mulholland Drive, etc.), but a bit harder to sift through some of the other categories.

A recent report in Variety looks at the most dubious and most annoying category, Best Song. Music expert Jon Burlingame goes through ten years and finds ten glaring examples of songs not nominated, including "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), "A Hard Day's Night" from A Hard Day's Night (1964) and anything from Saturday Night Fever (1977). The winner in 1977 was "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone from a movie called You Light Up My Life that has apparently been almost entirely forgotten.