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Oscar-Nominated Movies with Plot Holes You Can't Unsee

Updated January 19, 2021 87.7k votes 16.6k voters 875.0k views23 items

There’s an unspoken deal between filmmakers and spectators. Filmmakers ask that spectators accept films as make believe and know that in order to get lost in a film world they must agree to some level of suspension of disbelief. Seasoned spectators accept those terms in order to insert themselves into the world created by the filmmakers. However, there are limitations to that deal. Even though an audience is perfectly willing to accept things like a little boy that sees ghosts, or a teenager that can travel to the future in a DeLorean through a wormhole when it hits 88 mph - that doesn’t mean that an audience is willing to overlook parts of the plot that don’t add up. Here are the Oscar-nominated movies with plot holes you can’t un-see.

Yes, there are even plot holes in Academy Award nominated movies. The Matrix is one of the most innovative sci-fi films ever made and its introduction of bullet time technology and a mind-bending plot earned it four Academy Awards, but it’s far from perfect.

It’s easy for a spectator to accept the premise of a dystopian future in which machines hold the bodies of humans captive, while their minds are part of a simulated reality or dream world called the Matrix. But, we can’t ignore the giant plot hole that puts Cypher into the Matrix without the benefit of an operator or with someone there to plug him in. It goes against the narrative rules of the film that have been constructed for the audience, therefore it’s a plot hole that needs to be at the very least brought up for discussion. There are theories out there attempting to explain away this plot hole, but none truly satisfy all the rules previously established by the film.

The Matrix is just one Academy Award film that actually has a slew of plot holes. Check out these other plot holes in great movies and vote up the film plot holes that bother you the most.

  • Film: Armageddon
    Yes, Armageddon is an Oscar-nominated film, in fact, it received four nominations. Ben Affleck himself pointed out one major plot hole that pretty much blows up the whole movie. Affleck asked Michael Bay, "Wouldn't it be easier to train astronauts to drill than to teach drillers how to be astronauts?" Bay's response to the actor? "Shut the f*ck up."
    • Actors: Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Michael Bay
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    Film: The Karate Kid

    Pat Morita earned an Oscar nod in 1985 for his performance as Mr. Myagi in The Karate Kid. But did you know that the crane kick that Daniel (Ralph Macchio) used to defeat his opponent/arch nemesis Johnny (William Zabka) was actually illegal? Throughout the karate tournament, we hear officials say kicks to the face are against the rules. Daniel should have been disqualified for using the crane kick, instead he won the tournament.
    • Actors: Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Andrew Shue, Frances Bay
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: John G. Avildsen
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  • Film: The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    The second film in the Jurassic Park franchise earned an Oscar nod for Best Effects in 1998. A boat arrives in San Diego and the entire crew has been killed. The rub is that the T. rex is still locked up in the cargo hold when the boat docks. So how the heck did the crew meet their untimely demise?
    • Actors: Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle, Vince Vaughn, Jeff Goldblum
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
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    FilmGone Girl

    Rosamund Pike earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 2015 for her performance as one of the most manipulative, amoral, psychopathic schemers in film history. Amy pins a kidnapping on Desi (Neil Patrick Harris) by choreographing a ruse for his security cameras. The gaping plot hole is that Amy spends weeks at Desi's house, where she lives quite comfortably. What about that footage? Wouldn't that contradict her kidnapping story?
    • Actors: Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Rosamund Pike
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: David Fincher
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