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'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:41 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 11:05 am
By Matt Snyder

"Moneyball" has made the playoffs, if you will, now let's see if it can do what the real-life Oakland A's of the 2000s could not: Win it all.

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The movie based upon the book that was based upon Oakland general manager Billy Beane struggling to keep up with the large-market clubs in the early 2000s has received six Oscar nominations ( -- and they aren't all trivial ones, either.

The film has been nominated for best picture. It'll have to compete with the following: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life and War Horse.

The two main characters also got some love. Brad Pitt -- who played Beane -- has been nominated for best actor and Jonah Hill -- who played "Peter Brand" aka Paul DePodesta -- has been nominated for best supporting actor.

Other nominations: Best screenplay, best achievement in editing and best achievement in sound mixing.

Oh, and to those who wish to complain about how the movie ignored Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito, Miguel Tejada and Eric Chavez, let's note that the film was not nominated in any of the categories recognizing documentaries. It was supposed to be entertaining while based loosely on a true story.

Here is the theatrical trailer:

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Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:57 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

Billy Beane is a joke and so was this movie.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:51 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

Billy Beane is so much better looking than Brad Pitt!

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:06 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

I have avoided the movie because the book was more slanted than a Michael Moore documentary.  The 2002 draft was anything but spectacular for the A's.  And one the highlights in the book (with an excited expletive thrown in) was when Fielder got drafted ahead of Swisher (enabling the A's to draft the much scout coveted Swisher).  One of the book's main point was about not drafting players based on physical appearance but then stated Fielder was even too fat for the A's.

Beane's huge ego was evident throughout the book until the end in which the book states Beane's job was just to get the team to the playoffs.  It goes on to say after that, it is up to luck and the players.  Well, if the A's had actually won a WS under his reign, I am sure the book would have a diffent slant on the playoffs.

But the book's main theme about how the smaller market teams have to think outside the box to compete is a worthy theme.  And the smaller market teams have a smaller chance at a WS now with ever bigger contracts and the slight free agent rule changes (from the rules that gave the A's seven first round draft picks in 2002).

The book also goes into how great a hitter Beane was (although it does mention he was just not good in actual games).  The book fails to mention he failed to beat out Steve Lombardozzi for the starting 2B job of the 1987 WS Champion Twins.  The .233 five year career average and very light power hitting Steve Lombardozzi. 

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:01 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

The best move I have ever seen about sports in general. Pitt was the perfect man, although Jonah needs to lose more weight. This is a hardcore baseball fanatic finance movie. An odd topic, but executed well. Too bad it didn't win anything. Stayed up until 11 expecting to see a win for Moneyball. Stupid Clooney and his Descendants

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:54 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

I'm still amused that there are still a ton of people that just don't get it.  You might like the book or the movie now if you're a fan of Bill James, Sabermetrics of even just play fantasy baseball. But to say the theme of the movie is aimed at hardcore baseball fans is ludicrous.  The point of the book was to say scouting players based on athleticism or simply appearance leads you to overpay for unproven talent.  The baseketball analogy would be picking Greg Oden over Kevin Durant because Oden is taller, bench presses more and looks more mature.  As big as the fantasy community is, the  only statitistics most baseball fans care about is wins, homeruns and maybe ERA or batting average. My dad, who played pro ball, couldn't tell you Prince Fielder's OBP or Albert Pujol's slugging %. He couldn't care less. So to say the movie's target audience is baseball fans is like saying Michael Moore produces movies about George W. Bush because he's campaigning on behalf of the Republican party.   

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:22 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

Moneyball was a damn good movie, one of my fav baseball movies ive see. Way better then Field of Dreams. Problem with today is people dont go to the movies anymore cause of the 13.00 bucks to see a damn movie. If its not a blockbuster or 3D movie people just wait for 3the rental on Netflix or OnDemand. 

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:45 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

Didn't like movie too much. Bad year for movies!

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:58 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

bet ya Beane is regretting not taking that money now!

Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:08 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

I'm a sports fan and I really enjoyed the movie. Yes I'm an A's fan so I clearly remember that wonderful season and I really thought both Brad Pitt and Johan Hill were great in the movie. I'm not sure people who don't know much about baseball enjoyed it or not but I thought it was a great movie.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:04 pm

'Moneyball' receives six Oscar nominations

It's a sports movie that most sports fans avoided.  So how can it be one of the best movies of the year if it's core audience wasn't even interested in it?

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