Major changes inside the front office are near complete. (No I was not fired). For about the last month, the office has been a construction zone in an attempt to create new storage and make the office feel like an office. The construction included knocking down a wall for a new shelving unit, painting the office and even a new floor.
The new floor is looking great it has given the office a much brighter look with a lighter tone than the old flooring.
Renovations aside, this weekend marks the celebration of the Academy Awards. If you remember, I shared my predictions for the Academy Awards check them out in a previous post.
In preparation for the Oscars here is a list of Baseball Movies nominated for Oscars:
Pride of the Yankees (1942): The film depicts the life of Lou Gehrig, made a few years after the death of the Yankee legend. The movie stars the Babe himself. Received 11 nominations including; Best Picture, Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress, but it’s only win was in Best Film Editing
The Stratton Story (1949): The story of the legendary White Sox pitcher who returned to Baseball after losing his leg in a hunting accident. This movie achieved best screenplay, the only award it was nominated for at the Oscars.
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973): The movie tells the story of a catcher who finds he is near death. Vincent Gardenia received the nomination of the Best Actor in a Supporting Role but was not selected by the Academy for this award.
The Natural (1984):
The iconic swing, that received four Oscar nominations. None of the nominations were selected as winners.
Field of Dreams (1989): Nominated for three different awards (Best Picture, Best Writing, Screenplay based on Material From Another Medium and Best Music, Original Score), but took home zero awards that night.
Bull Durham (1989): Yes that is right two different baseball movies in the same year. The screenplay was written by a real minor league baseball player, Ron Shelton. Shelton was nominated for the script but did not win.
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995): Some question this documentary getting a nomination, and point the finger towards Denzel Washington being an executive producer being the reason. Nominated for Best Documentary, however, was not selected as the winner.
Moneyball (2011): The story of the well-known A’s manager Billy Beane portrayed by Brad Pitt. This movie was entertaining and covered the general idea of the novel Moneyball. One of my favorite movies on this list except for this one thing…
Jonah Hill. No offense to all the Jonah Hill lovers, I just prefer he stick to comedies rather than attempting to be serious. Moneyball received six nominations, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hill), and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pitt). None of these nominations were winners.
Here is a list of movies that did not receive nominations but are very good if you are in need for more Baseball movies this week!
Bad News Bears
Eight Men Out
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