'American Sniper' Snubbed at 2015 Oscars
Clint Eastwood's war-themed movie was by far the highest-grossing film nominated in the best picture category.
Clint Eastwood's American Sniper may have hit it big with America's heartland, but it all but struck out at the Academy Awards.
The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow movie, starring Bradley Cooper as real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, was up for six Oscars, including best picture and best actor, but went home only with the Oscar for best sound editing.
Sniper has been a runaway hit at the box office since its Dec. 25 release, becoming the most successful war film of all time. Through Sunday, the movie has grossed $319.6 million in North America and $108.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $428.1 million.
That's far more than any other best picture contender, including winner Birdman which has grossed $76.5 million worldwide, including $37.7 million in the U.S.
Sniper is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice and Kyle, who was killed by a fellow veteran at a shooting range in 2013.
The film has been unique in galvanizing moviegoers both in American's heartland and in more liberal markets.
American Sniper was also up for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay, which it lost to fellow best picture nominee The Imitation Game.