Moneyball first surprised me when I heard that it was nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars. After a quick first glimpse at its trailer and TV spots I was under the impression it would be more a situation, feel-good “dramedy”. Maybe going in with this naive frame of mind was beneficial, as the film I actually saw was a touching story of persistence, hope and self-worth. Yes it has its light moments of relief, but it’s not an underdog story akin to The Fighter or Remember The Titans. In fact, at its core it’s not even about the players or the game itself. It’s about overcoming the odds and working to make it mean something rather than the annual salary.