There have been criminally overlooked movies and filmmakers ever since the Academy first started handing out Oscars in 1929. Just ask Buster Keaton, who would receive an honorary Oscar in 1960, but who otherwise went unrewarded for his timeless and groundbreaking work in both the silent and sound era. And Keaton only tops our list of all time snubs for best director. From classic auteurs, to legends of the industry, to new and powerful voices, here we bring attention and celebrate those great directors that the Oscars passed over.

Want to see more of our Worst Oscars Omissions series? Check out our picks for Worst Oscar Omissions: Cinematography, Best Actress, and Best Actor.