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Sports shut out of Academy Awards Best Picture nominations this year

Steve Carell in a scene from "Foxcatcher." Carell

Steve Carell in a scene from "Foxcatcher." Carell portrays John du Pont, a millionaire convicted of third-degree murder in the death of Dave Schultz, an Olympic champion freestyle wrestler. Credit: AP / Scott Garfield

Sports films have had a pretty good run in scoring Best Picture nominations from the Oscar folks in recent years, including "The Blind Side," "The Fighter," "Moneyball" and (sort of) "Silver Linings Playbook."

But sports got shut out of Thursday's slate of 2014 Oscar nominations, ensuring that the list of sports-themed Best Picture winners will remain at three: "Rocky" (1976), "Chariots of Fire" (1981) and "Million Dollar Baby" (2004).

"Foxcatcher" got several high-profile nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Steve Carell, but the wrestling flick did not make the Best Picture cut.

The snub that shocked America, though, was the Academy failing to nominate "The Lego Movie" - featuring the voices of sports movie alumni such as Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill - for best animated film, proving once again that everything is not awesome.

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