By its very definition, The Game of Life is an existential way to pass time. It's designed to bring a player through their entire life, from college to old age, with just the roll of the dice. Along the way, people can enjoy the thrills of marriage, jobs, and having children. The winner of the game is the first one to reach retirement; we suppose it doesn’t make sense if the finish line that everyone is rushing towards is death.

There was already a movie released last year that meditated on the concept of life in such a concise way: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. It only makes sense to back a dump truck full of money onto the eccentric director’s lawn and have him come back for some more avant-garde zaniness. It could be filled with long shots of sunflowers, rusty fences, and inexplicable footage of the cosmos. Hell, he could even toss in a few aliens and Woolly Mammoths along the way if that makes him happy.

By the end, audiences would be so embarrassed to admit that they had no idea what was going on that they would instantly rave about it. And that’s when the awards come flooding in.