I cannot comprehend how a master of the medium like Sergio Leone has nary a single Oscar nomination. This film is a towering cinematic monument, a Western that’s much more than “just a Western,” a sprawling, ambitious, thrilling, suspenseful work, bristling with subtext, remarkably directed, written, acted and scored. Its influence can be seen in the work of many modern filmmakers. At the very least, composer Ennio Morricone and Henry Fonda, cast against type as a nasty, nasty villain, deserved nominations. But Oscar always looked down at Leone for some reason, even when he made the prestige American picture “Once Upon a Time in America.” SNOBS.