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

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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.
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Oscar-Nominated Movies with Plot Holes You Can't Unsee
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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, + more

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Oscar-Nominated Movies with Plot Holes You Can't Unsee
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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, + more

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Oscar-Nominated Movies with Plot Holes You Can't Unsee
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Film: Face/Off

John Woo's sci-fi thriller Face/Off was nominated for a Best Sound Effects Editing Oscar in 1998. An FBI agent (John Travolta) undergoes a face transplant so he can look look like a terrorist (Nic Cage) in order to stop an extortion plot. The bad guy then puts on the FBI agent's face and a classic game of switcheroo takes place. The gaping plot hole is that the two men have just switched faces, not bodies. It's hard to believe that the agent's wife doesn't realize that her husband has a completely different body.

Actors: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon, Margaret Cho, Thomas Jane, + more

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Woo

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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Oscar-Nominated Movies with Plot Holes You Can't Unsee
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Film: Citizen Kane

Often cited as the best film ever made, Citizen Kane received nine Academy Award nominations, and won the Oscar for Best Writing. The central question asked by a reporter at the beginning of the film is what Charles Foster Kane's dying words, "Rosebud," really meant. The rub is that Kane died all alone; no one was there to hear his dying words.

Actors: Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotten, Arthur O'Connell, + more

Released: 1941

Directed by: Orson Welles

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