The trick to surviving Awards Season is kind of like what G. Gordon Liddy famously observed about how to endure holding your hand over a candle: “The trick is in not minding.” 

So each year, as I watch while scintillating, daring, groundbreaking, brilliantly written, directed and acted films from all corners of the U.S. and globe get ignored at Oscar time and many overblown, pedantic, predictable, formulaic, politically-correct potboilers and mainstream amusements get the lions’ share of awards glory and gold, I try to not mind. But I do. So here are ten films that should be factoring in some way as notable achievements of the year in film but are instead relegated to their slots on Netflix and that little special place in my heart for films that kept my love for lively, free-swinging cinema alive and well.