Patton Oswalt, who as a stand-up comic has a devoted following, wowed critics with his performance as small-town sad sack Matt Freehauf. Many thought director Jason Reitman, himself no stranger to Oscar nominations, would lead Oswalt to his first Oscar mention. But the film, written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody, failed to secure any nominations.
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