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Clooney's Monuments Men delayed

George Clooney's film The Monuments Men will not be in the Oscar race after being delayed to 2014.

The Hollywood star's eagerly anticipated World War II tale was due to be released in December and it was thought it could be a contender at the Academy Awards.

However, George has now announced that the film won't be ready in time for its original release date, so it has been pushed back to next year, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The actor - who both directed and stars in the film - said the movie's visual effects could not be completed on schedule.

He said: "We just didn't have enough time.

"If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. We simply don't have enough people to work enough hours to finish it."

The Monuments Men will now be ineligible for the upcoming Academy Awards, but the star said Oscar glory was never his ambition.

"All we've ever said, from the very beginning, is that we wanted to make a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment," he said.

The film, which is based on Robert M Edsel's book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History, follows a group of art experts as they find artwork stolen during World War II.

It also stars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin.

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