Oscar surprises, snubs

The Oscar nominations were announced at 8:30 A.M. EST yesterday, and by now we've all seen the list of nominees. Here were some things I found surprising about this year's noms.

Snubs:
  • No Ryan Gosling, for Best Actor for his role in "Blue Valentine." I didn't particularly like the movie itself, but I thought both he and Michelle Williams (who did get a nod for Best Actress) were great in it.
  • No Christopher Nolan, for Best Director ("Inception")
  • No Andrew Garfield, for Best Supporting Actor ("The Social Network"). I had a feeling this was going to happen but I still am not happy about it.
  • "Despicable Me" was snubbed in the Animated Film category. No love for the minions? Meanwhile, "Toy Story 3" made it into both the Animated Film AND Best Picture categories.
  • No nomination for Mark Wahlberg, for Best Actor in "The Fighter." Christian Bale outshined everyone in that movie, but Mark's performance was still good, and had been recognized with nominations by the Critics Choice Awards and Golden Globes previously.

Pleasant surprises:
  • Michelle Williams, nominated for Best Actress, though we all know Natalie Portman will win for "Black Swan" (most likely).
  • Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for Best Actress for "True Grit," which probably made that 14-year-old's day when she found out. "True Grit" was widely snubbed at the Golden Globes (no nominations at ALL) but the Academy gave it its due.
  • Another "True Grit" nominee - Jeff Bridges, for Best Actor.
  • Jeremy Renner is nominated for Best Actor, "The Town" - and I think that was the only nom for that movie, too.
  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" got a nomination for Visual Effects.
To what other movies or actors did you feel the Academy should have given a nomination? Sound off in the comments.

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