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5 Critically-Acclaimed Films You’ve Never Heard Of That Were Up For An Oscar

The 2018 Oscar nominees are anomalous by Oscar standards. How? A lot of the critically-acclaimed films pulled in big bucks at the box office last year, which is fairly uncommon. Still, with Oscar season came plenty of flicks you’ve never heard of. Here are five largely unknown films that are up for an Oscar this year.

Victoria & Abdul

BBC Films

Victoria & Abdul was up for Oscars in best costume design and best makeup and hairstyling. The Stephen Frears-directed biopic stars Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim. The story follows Queen Victoria as she forges an unlikely friendship with an Indian clerk to the dismay of her inner circle. Victoria & Abdul is just one of several stunning biopics that you may have missed out on.

The Florida Project


Willem Dafoe was up for an Oscar for best-supporting actor for his role in The Florida Project. Dafoe plays the manager of “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel where resilient mother and her highly imaginative daughter stay for the summer, just outside of Disney World. It’s a magical movie to be sure–but the next flick on our list carries an entirely different kind of magic.

Loving Vincent

BreakThru Productions

Many may be surprised that there was an animated Vincent Van Gogh biopic last year. Loving Vincent, which is up for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, is rendered in Van Gogh’s unique style. The arduous animation process paid off, and thanks to excellent voice work from Saoirse Ronan and Douglas Booth, the movie is an instant classic. Despite being relatively unknown, Loving Vincent released in theaters, unlike the next film.


Armory Films

Because Mudbound released on Netflix, it’s flown under the radar of many film fanatics. But the movie blew critics away and was up for several academy awards, including: Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Mary J. Blige), and Best Cinematography. The story follows the McAllen family as they struggle in the Jim Crow South. To round off our list, we’ll look at a movie that celebrated a farewell to arguably the most prestigious actor of our time.

Phantom Thread

Focus Features

Daniel Day-Lewis’s final role was no blockbuster. Still, Phantom Thread is critically-acclaimed and was up for six academy awards, including, unsurprisingly, Best Actor. The story is about a dressmaker who finds the rigid structure of his life disrupted by an unexpected romance. While it’s no There Will Be Blood, the dynamic duo of Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a solid movie likely to grow in popularity as it ages.

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