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And The Award Doesn’t Go To: These Films That Tried But Failed To Nab An Oscar

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It’s no secret that filmmakers and actors are always aiming for Oscars on their shelves. While on the set, the goal is an award-winning performance. When it comes to the finished product, however, critics will sometimes see something not quite worthy. These five films missed the mark when trying to get that Oscar.

Collateral Beauty

The plot of Collateral Beauty had enough appeal for Oscar contention. Unfortunately, critics considered this film to be nothing more than a scam due to its misleading trailer. The film did earn Naomie Harris a Hollywood Breakout Performance Award at the Hollywood Film Awards. For Will Smith, this was just a tiny blip in a massive box office career.

Warner Bros.

Grace Of Monaco

Starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco was originally slated for a theatrical release. This film didn’t sit well with the royal family, who stated it shouldn’t be labeled as a biopic. After getting booed at the 2014 Cannes Festival, producers chose to give it a television release instead. While its Oscar dreams were crushed, the film did earn an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.

Lifetime

J. Edgar

The problem with J. Edgar wasn’t the performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer. Most say it failed due to other issues such as makeup, wardrobe choices, and terrible dialogue. Despite these flaws, the film landed on the Top 10 lists of 2011 for American Film Institute and National Board of Review. DiCaprio did earn a Golden Globe nomination for his work, but he had to wait five more years for his first Oscar win.

Warner Bros.

Chapter 27

Many people tend to forget about Jared Leto’s performance in Chapter 27. Directed by Jarrett Schaefer, the film goes into the mind of John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman. In order to get into character, Leto gained over 60 pounds from drinking microwaved ice cream. The film gained overall negative reviews, but it managed to earn Leto a Zurich Film Festival Award for Best Actor.

Peace Arch Entertainment

I Am Sam

I Am Sam director Jessie Nelson was certain his film would be a major Oscar contender. He was half-right; Penn gained an Oscar nomination for his work, but he lost to Denzel Washington. Penn’s portrayal of a mentally disabled father drew raised eyebrows from several critics. This film did successfully introduce the world to Dakota Fanning, who earned critical acclaim for her performance.

New Line Cinema

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