TIME

Lots of great movies don’t get Oscar nominations. You could generously point out that the Academy only has room for so many movies. You could less generously complain that the Academy has historically had a difficult time finding room for science-fiction movies, action films, fantasy epics not directed by Peter Jackson, independent movies your mom hasn’t heard of, any movie specifically designed to scare you, and any movie specifically designed to make you laugh.

So each year, plenty of great movies get nominated for nothing. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a closer look at some of the essential NOscar NOminees as part of our Nominated for Nothing series—but for right now, here’s your essential list of the best films of 2014 that couldn’t even earn a measly technical nomination. (They’re in good company.)

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