With the season on the horizon, remember the lessons of these non-starters
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Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Laurie Holden, Bob Balaban, Hal Holbrook
What happened: Jim Carrey had been flirting with the season for a few years with award-worthy work in films like "The Truman Show" and "Man on the Moon," and on paper, it looked like he might finally be in the right vehicle with the director of "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile" at the helm. But perhaps the whole enterprise seemed too craven. Indeed, a friend at the time who knew nothing about the awards season nor cared all that much told me, "God, he really wants an Oscar."