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Feb 22

Know Your Oscar Nominees: “Moneyball”

Brad Pitt plays a general manager in need of a miracle in Best Picture nominee "Moneyball."

Best Picture nominee “Moneyball” scores a Hollywood home run

Our Academy Awards series showcasing this year’s Best Picture nominees continues today with sports drama “Moneyball.”

The Plot: After a series of humiliating losses, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) teams up with statistics whiz kid Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in hopes of turning his team around. (This true-life tale is based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Michael Lewis.)

The Good: Full of wry humor, romance and heartbreak, director Bennett Miller’s drama is a smart, surprisingly moving look at the business of baseball. Strong performances by Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman are paired with a great script by Hollywood heavyweights  Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.

The Bad: Some people don’t like sports.

The Verdict: Although I don’t see “Moneyball” taking home the big prize, there’s no denying that it deserves to be a Best Picture nominee. It’s a rare sports drama that adds to our understanding of the way the game is played.

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“Moneyball” image courtesy of MovieWeb.com.

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