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10 films that could have been nominated for Oscars

For those who don’t follow or don’t remember, in Best Picture I’ll be looking at essentially what the next 10 films could have been for the Academy. It’s partially just for fun (and keep in mind…this isn’t how I would have preferred things to have gone, or else the lists below would be quite different), but I’ve always felt that it also shines an interesting light on what the Oscar nominations could have looked like…for better or worse. Some of these choices are rather obvious, while others are just guesses. Either way, this is nothing if not a good conversation starter, so be sure to let me know what you think the Alternate nominations would have been like. For now though, let’s get started and see what the next level down of Oscar nominees would look like!

Best Picture
Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Impossible
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
The Sessions
-While I have a feeling that not a lot of flicks got anywhere close to that #10 spot, I think ‘Flight’, ‘The Master’, and ‘Skyfall’ came the closest. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘Hitchcock’ probably got more votes than they potentially deserved, but the limb I’m out on here is that ‘Ted’ had more fans than we ever realized.

Best Director
Ben Affleck- Argo
Kathryn Bigelow- Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper- Les Miserables
Quentin Tarantino- Django Unchained
Robert Zemeckis- Flight

-Four of these snubs are rather obvious (regardless of my feelings on Hooper’s direction), but something tells me that Zemeckis got closer to sneaking in here than we’d expect, and would have been in if ‘Flight’ had scored a Best Picture nod. Still, I don’t want to focus too much on this category, since Affleck and Bigelow’s omissions are still rather bothersome. This grouping would have been a superior one to what we got (not that they were bad, just those two main snubs are so egregious), even with Hooper stinking things up for me.

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