11 Great Movies Which Didn’t Garner a Single Oscar Nomination This Year

I am not the half of Gobbledygeek who loathes the Oscars; in fact, they’re an annual tradition in my house. This year, we even ponied up for chocolate Oscar statuettes powdered with gold. We don’t mess around. Amazingly, I even liked seven of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees (the odd ones out being War Horse and, ugh, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close). At the same time, I realize that the Academy often fails to recognize some truly brilliant films, and in the interest of counter-programming, I thought I’d point out some of the ones it missed this year.

These films didn’t garner a single Oscar nod this year (if it wasn’t for Sound Editing, Drive would be all up in here), and were actually eligible by Academy rules (otherwise, I would have spotlighted The Sunset Limited yet again, alongside the hilarious concert film Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater).

We’ve got 11 great movies here, divided up into three categories. To get us started…

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Comic Book Review: ‘Serenity: Float Out’

Writer: Patton Oswalt
Penciler: Patric Reynolds

It’s been two years since the last Serenity comic, the Firefly-era Better Days, and five years since Serenity itself. And yet the fanbase just seems to keep growing, the love for these characters and their world deepening with each passing year. So, I mean, Dark Horse could put out a comic that consists entirely of Simon and River grocery shopping, and people would buy it. Actually…why haven’t they done that yet? I would definitely buy that. (As someone joked a few years back, I believe on Whedonesque, if Universal didn’t want to put up the money for a full-on, big-budget Serenity sequel, they could just give Joss Whedon a few g’s and let him film the characters peeling potatoes. It would still be better than anything else at your local multiplex.)

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