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‘Battle of the Sexes’

Why it’s great: The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and self-proclaimed “male chauvinist pig” Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was a publicity stunt that took on outsize signifiance against the backdrop of the feminist revolution. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s film captures both the thrill of the game and the astonishing obstacles King had to navigate to win it, while Stone and Carell turn in two of their finest performances.
Nomination it deserves: Best Actress — Emma Stone
(Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon, Fox Searchlight Pictures/Courtesy of Everett Collection)

'Wonder Woman' wasn't alone: 15 great movies dissed by 2018 Oscars

Every Oscar season, a few dozen talented filmmakers get to watch their movies become the center of attention. The rest are not so lucky. With a total of 24 award categories (averaging five nominations each) to choose from, Academy voters inevitably let some of the year’s best movies go unrewarded. This year’s most talked-about snub is Wonder Woman, one of the biggest and best-reviewed films of 2017. But Patty Jenkins’s superhero opus is not the only great movie to slip through the Academy’s fingers. Click through to see the Yahoo Entertainment staff’s 15 favorite films that were overlooked by the 2018 Oscars, along with the nominations they rightly deserve. — by Ethan Alter, Kevin Polowy, Nick Schager, and Gwynne Watkins