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Clint Eastwood's first film in six years undeservedly disregarded by Academy Awards

Rodolfo Vieira
Jan 23, 2019
05:44 P.M.
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The nominees for the Oscars have already been announced but, surprisingly, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is not among them.

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Released on December 14, 2018, the film was quite successful among movie-goers but still wasn't enough to be considered for an Academy Award.

"The Mule" was Eastwood's first appearance in front of the camera in the last six years, and given the actor's past work, it was quite shocking not to see the movie in any of the categories.

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THE EASTWOOD STAMP

The flick is based on the true story of a 90-year-old man, named Earl Stone, who finds himself transporting drugs for a Mexican cartel after being faced with financial ruin.

Much like every other project developed by Eastwood, the story is full of drama and real-life problems that the viewers can relate to, especially the older audience.

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A BIG DIFFERENCE IN PROFIT

With a budget of $50 million, "The Mule" was a box office hit, earning $102.9 million. Still, that wasn't enough to be one of the Academy Awards nominees.

On the other hand, "Vice," the film about former Vice President Dick Cheney, which was written and directed by Adam McKay, barely made any profit but was still nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

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It was quite shocking not to see the movie in any of the categories.

With a similar budget to "The Mule," $60 million, "Vice" only earned $44.3 million, a very low number when compared to Eastwood's mystery drama.

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A BIG YEAR FOR COOPER

Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for Best Actor, starred alongside Eastwood in the movie but the highlight of his year was "A Star is Born," the film in which he was both the lead actor and the director.

The movie is considered to be one of the big favorites this year, with nominations across eight categories, including Best Original Song and Best Actress, with the latter belonging to Lady Gaga.

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