Late last year, "Moneyball" opened to widespread success, both critically and financially. Satisfying more than just baseball fans, it went on to garner six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt) and Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill).
Like the A's organization itself, the film is an underdog. Having struck out completely at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, it's looking as though its chances for success come Oscar night are slim.
Can "Moneyball" follow in the footsteps of Oscar winning sports films like "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Fighter", or will it, like the 2002 Oakland A's team, come up short in the end?
Here are 10 reasons why "Moneyball" should bring home a statue come Oscar night.