Saluting '11 movies ignored by Oscar: too small, too weird...or perhaps too awesome

By EW Staff
February 21, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

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’50/50′: Ill-served by Oscar snub
Aly Semigran: Will Reiser’s story of his fight vs. cancer will live in hearts long after awards season’s over. Click to read why; scroll down for five more too deserving to ignore.

‘Contagion’: A hopeless case
Darren Franich on a cerebral disaster film too unsentimental for the Academy even to nod to its superior editing

Aly Semigran on why Michael Fassbender’s star turn in grim film about sex addict wasn’t embraced at nomination time

‘Fast Five’: Visual effects don’t count?
Darren Franich: OK, it doesn’t have the social utility or dark mood the Academy favors — but its car chases rock

‘Super 8’: Why the Oscar snub?
Adam B. Vary on why J.J. Abrams’ love letter to his childhood deserved better at nomination time

‘Melancholia’: She’s no trophy wife
Darren Franich on Lars von Trier’s (funny!) meditation on the absurdity of existence; Academy not amused