While there are plenty of stars in Hollywood jumping for joy today, there are some that are likely a little disappointed that their names were not read out at the Oscar nominations announcement this morning.
This year’s biggest Oscar snubs and surprises are:
Ben Affleck not being nominated in the Directing category for “Argo”! This is a huge snub, especially with all the Oscar buzz that was surrounding this film in the past several months – ever since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The filmmaker will however be competing for a Golden Globe for directing the movie, based on a true story of a rescue attempt of American hostages from Iran, on Sunday, January 13. Instead a different Benh, namely Benh Zeitlin, first-time Director of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” made the cut as a surprise nominee.
“Zero Dark Thirty” Director, Kathryn Bigelow’s name was also left off the Best Director’s list, which came as a big shock considering all the attention it’s received in the political sphere of late.
Tom Hooper also wasn’t given a Director’s nod for “Les Miserables”, but rather “Amour” Director Michael Haneke took movie buffs by surprise by making the Director’s cut.
Even though “The Sessions”‘ John Hawkes and “Arbitrage” star Richard Gere got Golden Globe nods in the Best Actor category, they are not up for Oscars. And Leonardo DiCaprio is up for a Globe on Sunday for his Supporting Actor role in “Django Unchained”, but also went missing come Oscars time.
It was also an upset for many that Javier Bardem didn’t get recognized for his villainous role in “Skyfall”, which comes after the actor did get a Screen Actors Guild nomination. Meanwhile, fan favourite Matthew McConaughey was predicted to receive recognition for his role in “Magic Mike” come awards season, but after being snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the Oscars, that dream just didn’t become a reality.
Another snub that sent tongues wagging today was that Marion Cotillard was absent from the Best Actress nominees read aloud this morning, for her role as a Killer Whale trainer who loses her legs in “Rust and Bone”.
Instead, the youngest actress to make the Leading Actress category ever setting a new record, 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis received a surprise nomination for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.
With it being the celebration of Bond’s 50th anniversary, many of our Twitter fans thought “Skyfall” might have been a dark horse and just pick up an Oscar nod in the Best Picture category, but it didn’t make the list.
“The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises” were also absent, and some thought the third Batman flick by Christopher Nolan just might have snuck in there to be recognized as a trilogy “Lord of the Rings” style, but it wasn’t to be.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” however, was a bit of a surprise nominee, as was the Austrian film, “Amour” in this coveted category.
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