For the past few months on Oscar Beat, we’ve been taking a detailed look at the Oscar race to come. We saw frontrunners emerge out of the fall film festival circuit, and now we’re starting to see each category come together. However, for this holiday weekend we thought it’d be fun to take a look at awards seasons past; specifically, films that were considered strong Oscar hopefuls until for one reason or another they dropped out of the race entirely. This year we’ve already seen a couple of potential Oscar contenders fade from the race once critics got their first look—namely The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which now feels destined to be more of a commercial hit than a serious Oscar contender.
After the jump, we examine five films from the past decade that looked like they had the goods for Oscar glory but dropped quickly and quietly out of sight when it turned out they were nothing but hype.