Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Shame — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.
The Film: Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut tells the true story of Oscar Grant’s tragic death. Grant was a 22-year-old father of one when he went out to celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2008. But on his way home from the festivities, BART officers pulled Grant aside for fighting at the Fruitvale subway stop. Onlookers watched (and recorded video) as the officers shot Grant in the back when handcuffing him. Coogler’s film, which stars Michael B. Jordan as Grant, follows Grant through the last 24 hours of his life leading up to his tragic and controversial death.
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