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Oscar Picks

A List of All Films Deemed 'Oscar Picks' on On Cinema

Acrimony

Director: Tyler Perry   Year: 2018   Run Time: 120 min

Plot: A faithful wife, tired of standing by her devious husband, is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker

View Season 10, Episode 2

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

And So It Goes

Director: Rob Reiner   Year: 2014   Run Time: 94 min

Plot: A self-absorbed realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 5, Episode 2

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Anna Karenina

Director: Joe Wright   Year: 2012   Run Time: 129 min

Plot: In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington

View Season 1, Episode 3

The Academy Says...

1 Oscar Win

4 Nominations

Ben-Hur

Director: Timur Bekmambetov   Year: 2016   Run Time: 123 min

Plot: Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 8, Episode 5

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Winner of "Sequel or Remake That Shouldn't Have Been Made" at the 2017 Alliance of Film Journalists Awards

Blue Jasmine

Director: Woody Allen   Year: 2013   Run Time: 98 min

Plot: A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 3, Episode 4

The Academy Says...

1 Oscar Win

3 Nominations

Café Society

Director: Woody Allen   Year: 2016   Run Time: 96 min

Plot: In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington

View Season 8, Episode 2

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Cinderella

Director: Kenneth Branagh   Year: 2015   Run Time: 105 min

Plot: When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 6, Episode 6

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

1 Nomination

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Director: Matt Reeves   Year: 2014   Run Time: 130 min

Plot: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 5, Episode 2

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

1 Nomination

Dead Man Down

Director: Niels Arden Oplev   Year: 2013   Run Time: 118 min

Plot: In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 2, Episode 5

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Despicable Me 2

Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud   Year: 2013   Run Time: 98 min

Plot: When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 3, Episode 1

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

2 Nominations

Flight

Director: Robert Zemeckis   Year: 2012   Run Time: 138 min

Plot: An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker

View Season 1, Episode 1

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0 Oscar Wins

2 Nominations

Focus

Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa   Year: 2015   Run Time: 105 min

Plot: In the midst of veteran con man Nicky's latest scheme, a woman from his past - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up and throws his plans for a loop.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 6, Episode 4

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Nominated for "Best T&A of the Year" at the 2015 Golden Schmoes Awards

Get on Up

Director: Tate Taylor   Year: 2014   Run Time: 139 min

Plot: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 5, Episode 5

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Hands of Stone

Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz   Year: 2016   Run Time: 111 min

Plot: The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 8, Episode 6

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Hercules

Director: Brett Ratner   Year: 2014   Run Time: 98 min

Plot: Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 5, Episode 4

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Nominated for "Choice Summer Movie Star" (Dwayne Johnson) at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Director: Dinesh D'Souza, Bruce Schooley   Year: 2016   Run Time: 106 min

Plot: Documentarian Dinesh D'Souza analyzes the history of the Democratic Party and what he thinks are Hillary Clinton's true motivations.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 8, Episode 1

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Winner of "Worst Picture", "Worst Actor", "Worst Director", and "Worst Actress" at the 2017 Razzie Awards

Hyde Park on Hudson

Director: Roger Michell   Year: 2012   Run Time: 94 min

Plot: The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington

View Season 1, Episode 6

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Joker

Director: Todd Phillips   Year: 2019   Run Time: 122 min

Plot: An original standalone origin story of the iconic villain not seen before on the big screen, it's a gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, and a broader cautionary tale.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington

View Season 11, Episode 2

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Judy

Director: Rupert Goold   Year: 2019   Run Time: 119 min

Plot: Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 11, Episode 1

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Director: Guy Ritchie   Year: 2017   Run Time: 126 min

Plot: Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 9, Episode 10

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Nominated for "Worst Film of the Year" at the 2017 St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards

Life of Pi

Director: Ang Lee   Year: 2012   Run Time: 127 min

Plot: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 1, Episode 4

The Academy Says...

4 Oscar Wins

11 Nominations

Life of the Party

Director: Ben Falcone   Year: 2018   Run Time: 105 min

Plot: After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 10, Episode 8

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Winer of "Worst Actress" (Melissa McCarthy) at the 2019 Razzie Awards

McFarland, USA

Director: Niki Caro   Year: 2015   Run Time: 129 min

Plot: Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross-country team and turns seven students with no hope into one of the best cross-country teams.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 6, Episode 3

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Power Rangers

Director: Dean Israelite   Year: 2017   Run Time: 124 min

Plot: A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 9, Episode 3

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Spectre

Director: Sam Mendes   Year: 2015   Run Time: 148 min

Plot: A cryptic message from 007 past sends him pitted against a mysterious terrorist organization called Spectre, and learns of its involvement on previous events of his most dangerous missions before.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 7, Episode 9

The Academy Says...

1 Oscar Win

1 Nomination

Notables Nods:
Nominated for "Biggest Disappointment of the Year" at the 2015 Golden Schmoes Awards

Terminator: Dark Fate

Director: Tim Miller   Year: 2019   Run Time: 128 min

Plot: Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 11, Episode 6

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

The Expendables 3

Director: Patrick Hughes   Year: 2014   Run Time: 126 min

Plot: Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 5, Episode 7

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Winner of "Worst Supporting Actor" (Kelsey Grammer at the 2015 Razzie Awards

The Gunman

Director: Pierre Morel   Year: 2015   Run Time: 115 min

Plot: A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 6, Episode 7

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Director: Peter Jackson   Year: 2012   Run Time: 169 min

Plot: A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker

View Season 1, Episode 7

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

3 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Nominated for "Biggest Disappointment of the Year" at the 2012 Golden Schmoes Awards

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Director: Peter Jackson   Year: 2013   Run Time: 161 min

Plot: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker

View On Cinema Christmas Special

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

3 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Nominated for "Best Female Butt Kicker" (Evangeline Lilly) at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Director: Don Scardino   Year: 2013   Run Time: 100 min

Plot: A veteran Vegas magician tries to revive his career after his longtime partner quits, he gets fired from his casino act, and an edgy new "street magician" steals his thunder.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington

View Season 2, Episode 6

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

The Lone Ranger

Director: Gore Verbinski   Year: 2013   Run Time: 150 min

Plot: Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 3, Episode 1

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0 Oscar Wins

2 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Winner for "Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel" at the 2014 Razzie Awards

The Lost City of Z

Director: James Gray   Year: 2016   Run Time: 141 min

Plot: A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker

View Season 9, Episode 6

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

The Smurfs 2

Director: Raja Gosnell   Year: 2013   Run Time: 105 min

Plot: The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been abducted by Gargamel, since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation, creatures called "The Naughties", into real Smurfs.

Chosen by: Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker

View Season 3, Episode 5

The Academy Says...

0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Notables Nods:
Nominated for "Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel" at the 2014 Razzie Awards

Wish I Was Here

Director: Zach Braff   Year: 2014   Run Time: 106 min

Plot: A struggling actor, father and husband finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his family and his career.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington

View Season 5, Episode 4

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0 Oscar Wins

0 Nominations

Zero Dark Thirty

Director: Kathryn Bigelow   Year: 2012   Run Time: 157 min

Plot: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Chosen by: Tim Heidecker

View Season 1, Episode 8

The Academy Says...

1 Oscar Win

5 Nominations