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Nominated for Nothing: 'Pacific Rim'

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: Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro’s movie about giant robots that fight giant monsters.

Why it Wasn’t Nominated: The prospect of an Oscar-nominated filmmaker delivering a mega-budgeted action movie could have resulted in the rare blockbuster that earns Academy attention. (See: Christopher Nolan, Inception.) But Del Toro is not your typical Oscar-nominated filmmaker. The man who made the multiple Oscar-winning Pan’s Labyrinth also made two of the best superhero-movie sequels ever, and Pacific Rim finds Del Toro indulging all his geekiest fascinations. Even some die-hard Del Toro fans felt like Pacific Rim was a departure for the director, with Del Toro shedding much of the outré weirdness of the Hellboy movies for a story filled with stalwart heroes and wacky sidekicks. READ FULL STORY

Nominated for Nothing: 'The Way, Way Back'

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: The directorial debut from The Descendants writing team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash told the story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, her new boyfriend, and said boyfriend’s daughter. Always the misfit, Duncan tries to find a way to enjoy his summer, a mission that eventually leads him to Water Wizz, the local water park. There, he’s introduced to a father-figure/friend who’s life will force Duncan to change how he sees himself.

Why it Wasn’t Nominated: Once again, an amazing film fell victim to the July release date. It sounds funny to say, considering that summer is a great time for movies to come out budget-wise, but in terms of the Oscars, if the film is released before November, its chances of being recognized might as well be cut in half. However, other than the bad timing, it’s a bit of a mystery why this one got overlooked.
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Nominated for Nothing: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

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: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a film about White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who witnesses the entire history of the last several decades of race relations from inside the hallways of power. Also, John Cusack plays Richard Nixon.

Why It Wasn’t Nominated: Lee Daniels earned a raft of nominations for 2009’s Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. That film — though generally praised — was dogged by allegations of self-indulgence. Daniels may have taken that as a challenge. He followed up Precious with The Paperboy, still the only movie in history featuring Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron. And although The Butler tackles a whole host of Academy-friendly Big Themes, it’s the precise opposite of the delicate Big Theme biopics that tend to get nominations. This ain’t Lincoln: The film is dense with cameos that run the gamut from ridiculous (Robin Williams as Eisenhower) to more ridiculous (Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan) to transcendently ridiculous (Jane Fonda as Nancy Regan). READ FULL STORY

Nominated for Nothing: 'Blackfish'

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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: Blackfish, a gripping documentary about the devastating consequences of keeping orcas in captivity — especially as performing attractions at theme parks like SeaWorld. Though the Academy snubbed the film, it’s been as popular with audiences as it was with critics; Blackfish was the third-highest-grossing documentary of 2013 that didn’t star One Direction or Justin Bieber. (The only docs that out-earned it, 20 Feet From Stardom and The Gatekeepers, both got Best Documentary Feature nods, the former this year and the latter in 2013.) Huge numbers of people — 21 million in total, over multiple airings — have also watched Blackfish on CNN.
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Nominated for Nothing: 'Fruitvale Station'

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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This Week's Cover: The Oscars! Your ultimate insider guide to the races for Best Picture, Best Actor, and more

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Will it be 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, or American Hustle? That’s the question even Oscar voters are asking themselves as the most contentious race in years gets underway. The nominations announcement set the field, but in a year of snubs for Robert Redford, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Thompson, and Tom Hanks (twice), anything can happen — and probably will.

It’s a year of  first-timers, second chances — and a three-way battle for Best Picture
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Nominated for Nothing: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

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: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second of four installments in the Hunger Games franchise, based on the YA bestselling trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This time around, viewers are treated to another high-stakes battle in the Arena, but it’s what goes on outside the Games — Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) Victory Tour, Katniss’ PTSD, the growing rebellion in the various districts — that creates a richer, more memorable installment. Gale (Liam Hemsworth) also appears.
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Nominated for Nothing: 'Rush'

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searches, 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: Rush, the true-life tale of Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda and their odd-couple rivalry, which burned up the Formula One world during the ’70s and to this day remains one of the great moments in Formula One history.

Why It Wasn’t Nominated: Formula What? The Academy doesn’t pay much attention to movies about sports that aren’t boxing, and Rush had a particularly difficult hill to climb, since the average voter probably doesn’t know about this very European story. Star Daniel Bruhl’s turn as the icy bucktoothed Lauda was a physical transformation comparable to past winners like Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln or Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Capote, but since Bruhl is a lesser-known actor playing a barely-known true-life person, he didn’t get the typical biopic bump. READ FULL STORY

Where to watch this year's Oscar-nominated movies

If you somehow haven’t managed to watch all 58 films nominated for this year’s Oscars, not to fear: You can watch some of them right now from the comfort of your own computer screen. Here’s where to find them:

Available on Amazon Instant and iTunes to rent or buy
Blue Jasmine
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
The Great Gatsby
20 Feet from Stardom
Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger
Iron Man 3
Star Trek Into Darkness
Before Midnight
Prisoners

Available on Netflix or Amazon Instant and iTunes to rent or buy
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Hunt

Available on Netflix
The Square

 

'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' Quickdraw: Watch the Oscar nominees...with stick figures -- VIDEO

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American Hustle and Gravity both led this year’s Oscar nominations with 10 each, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. But you don’t need to watch both movies to see how they draw out.

Check out EW’s Quickdraw versions of the two films to get a quick animated look:
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