Gran Torino Shut Out of Oscars

What does the Academy have against movies about retirement this year?

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Last year, a movie about a small-town sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) contemplating retirement, No Country for Old Men, won an Academy Award for Best Picture. This year’s most famous movie about retirement, Gran Torino, in which Clint Eastwood plays a retired Detroit autoworker, didn’t receive a single nomination in any category.

Both movies have a large macho factor, plenty of shooting, and sometimes lament generational differences and changing times. And the two movies are also touchingly sad at places.

Tell us, why did No Country for Old Men win Best Picture, and then Gran Torino doesn’t even get a nod?