The latest batch of Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, but Cavaliers forward LeBron James will not receive an Oscar for his supporting role in "Trainwreck." That's too bad, because he is at least as deserving as Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for portraying Rocky Balboa, a role he's played seven times.
It's no surprise, though. Actors are often nominated (and sometimes win) for portraying athletes, including Warren Beatty ("Heaven Can Wait"), Robert De Niro ("Raging Bull"), Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire") and Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby"). But Oscar nominations for athletes in movies? Nope.
Still, even though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences never recognizes them, the ESPN Academy of Motion Picture Sports and Popcorn Pseudoscience does for these notable athletic performances on the big screen: