A performance every bit as good as the one that secured Nicholson an Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, his role as Jack Torrance, the writer who should have taken his family to Center Parcs, apparently did not stir the Academy.
Despite The Shining being widely considered the greatest horror movie ever made, it's a genre that is often overlooked by the Oscar voters.
In fact, The Shining so poorly received on its release, director Stanley Kubrick was even nominated for a Razzie as Worst Director. Astonishing. Particularly, as Nicholson's brilliant portrayal of a man's descent into homicidal madness is one of the most disturbing, recognisable and quotable in history.