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'Moneyball' faces long Oscar odds

Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the Oakland A's general manager who changed the way teams evaluate players. Aaron Sorkin co-wrote the screenplay based on Michael Lewis' best-selling book, "Moneyball." In theaters Sept. 23, 2011.

“Moneyball’’ is an extreme longshot to join “Rocky,” “Chariots of Fire’’ and “Million Dollar Baby’’ as the only sports films to win a Best Picture Oscar. It also would be the first baseball film so honored.

But hey, it’s nice to be nominated, especially because only two previous baseball movies have been: “The Pride of the Yankees’’ and “Field of Dreams.’’

(It’s even better to be No. 2 all-time among baseball movies in domestic box office – not inflation adjusted – with $75.6 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, second only to “A League of Their Own’’ at $107.5 million.)

Speaking of which, what baseball movie has garnered the most nominations?

“Moneyball” has six, including for actors Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. That ranks second all-time to “The Pride of the Yankees,’’ which got 11 in 1942 but won only an editing award.
The 11 nominations for Lou Gehrig’s life story are equal to the combined total for every baseball movie ever made before “Moneyball.’’

Tags: Baseball , on-base percentage , Oscars

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