People have strong feelings about the Oscar nominations, and even stronger feelings about which nominees deserved to win and which ones didn’t. Mostly, though, once the Oscars are over, people get over their confusion and move on. However, there are some nominations that, even years later, make us scratch our heads. Take a look at 14 Oscar nods that we still don’t understand:
13 totally bizarre Oscar nominations we still don’t understand
The Adam Sandler comedy about a man who has a remote control to manipulate his life wasn't a HUGE hit, but it still got a nod from the 2006 Oscars for its use of makeup. (It lost to Pan's Labyrinth.) To date, Click remains the only Adam Sandler film to be nominated for an Oscar (shocking!).Columbia
Borat (2006)Original Screenplay
Following Borat's release, much was made about how much of the film had been improvised. How does a mostly improvised film come away with a nomination for best original screenplay? That question still has many furrowing their brows.20th Century Fox
8 Mile (2002)Original Song, "Lose Yourself"
It's not that Eminem didn't deserve to be nominated — heck, he even won! - for "Lose Yourself." It's mostly the surprise that the notoriously stuffy Academy was actually smart enough to give the rapper the recognition he'd earned. If only they were this progressive with all of their nominations.Universal
Even stranger than Click's nomination, the much-reviled Eddie Murphy "comedy" can now tout itself as an Oscar-nominated film — even though it was just for makeup. It can't call itself an Oscar-winning film, however, as the award ultimately went to La Vie En Rose.Paramount
Crash (2004)Best Picture
That Crash was even nominated alongside Brokeback Mountain for Best Picture was a shock to many. But when the melodramatic, completely unsubtle Paul Haggis film actually won the 2005 award over Ang Lee's thoughtful, heartbreaking cowboy romance is an injustice that film buffs still haven't recovered from.Lions Gate
The Godfather Part III (1990)Best Picture
Both The Godfather and The Godfather Part II came away with Oscars for Best Picture, so perhaps the Academy felt they owed it to the third film to at least give it a nomination. But it seemed voters realized that Part III just wasn't as good, and they gave the statuette to Dances With Wolves instead.Paramount
Babe (1995)Best Picture
Is the family-friendly farm comedy about a sheep-herding pig a sweet film? Of course. But is it Best Picture material? Well, the Academy thought so, putting it in a category with Apollo 13, Braveheart, Il Postino and Sense and Sensibility. Sadly for that talking pig, however, Braveheart was the ultimate winner.Universal
Hamlet (1996)Adapted Screenplay
Yes, Kenneth Branagh got a nod for Adapted Screenplay for essentially staying true to William Shakespeare's famous play. That seems a little like cheating to us, but hey, it's not like Shakespeare was around to complain about it.Columbia
King Kong (1976)Visual Effects
Production on the King Kong remake was notoriously troubled, and many had mocked the director's decision to use a mechanical Kong instead of a mixture of animatronics and stop-motion animation. Imagine their surprise when King Kong actually won the Oscar for visual effects! Sometimes you never can tell.Paramount
Transformers (2007)Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects
That's right: The Michael Bay explode-a-thon was nominated for not one, not two, but three Academy Awards. Luckily, sometimes the world is just, and the "film" lost in all three categories, so humanity doesn't have that hanging over our heads.DreamWorks
Con Air (1997)Sound Mixing, Original Song, "How Do I Live"
The Nicolas Cage actioner received two nods from the Academy, shockingly. However, it had the bad luck of being nominated the same year that Titanic came out, which means it never stood a chance in either category.Touchstone
Under Siege (1992)Sound, Sound Effects Editing
"Two-time Academy Award nomination film Under Siege" has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? This is probably the only time you'll hear about Oscars talked about in the same sentence as Steven Segal. But there were no Oscar wins for Under Siege at the end of the night, which is probably for the best.Warner Bros.
Beethoven's 2nd (1993)Original Song, "The Day I Fall In Love"
That's right: The original Beethoven film got zero Oscar nominations, but its sequel came away with one for original song. (Who knew mischievous dogs could sing? Just kidding.) Sadly for that rambunctious litter of pups, the award ultimately went to Bruce Springsteen for "Streets Of Philadelphia."Universal