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

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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

A24

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.

Mudbound

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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From Then To Now: See What The Cast Of Gossip Girl Is Up To Today

Gossip Girl became a huge phenomenon for teens and young adults in the late 2000s. The scripted show centered around the lifestyles and drama of privileged teens living in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The popular show also helped to launch the careers of stars like Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, and, of course, Blake Lively. Check out what some of the cast has been...

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Kanye West Gets Honest About Being Diagnosed With A “Mental Condition” At 39

Since bursting onto the scene as one of the defining rappers of the 2000s, Kanye West has faced no shortage of controversy. In recent months, West's candid commentary made headlines yet again when he voiced political and racial opinions that seemed to be an intense departure from views he had expressed in the past. Kanye Speaks Out The surprising nature...

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This Clip Of Kayne West’s Daughter Singing Will Make You See Him Differently

With all the fire Kanye West has been under lately, his most recent tweet is refreshing. It features his 5-year-old daughter with Kim Kardashian, North West. She is singing part of a song from Kayne's new album. The post may be a sign that North will be groomed to have a music career of her own. Afterall, this isn't uncommon for...

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