Wall-E, The Wrestler, Dark Knight Snubbed by Oscars
Although "Wall-E" did receive a total of 6 Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Animated Feature Film, many fans of the Pixar movie had anticipated that it would be nominated for Best Picture.
In part, this hope was established after "Wall-E" became the first-ever animated film to be named Best Picture of the Year by the LA Film Critics Association in December. The film was also named one of the best movies of 2008 by many other critics and reviewers (including by this author).
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But the Academy disagrees.
Not only that, but other highly regarded films also failed to obtain Oscar nominee status.
Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" earned a nomination for Mickey Rourke's admittedly outstanding performance, but failed to be nominated for either Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Song, which many had expected for both Aronofsky and Bruce Springsteen, respectively.
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And, finally, Christopher Nolan's macabre comic book Batman adaptation "The Dark Knight" earned a posthumous nomination for Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor — exactly one year after his death — but this was the only nomination for the film, which many believed should have been nominated for either Best Picture or Best Director.
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Do you think these movies deserved further nominations? What movies did you think were looked?