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(POLL) Oscars: Who got snubbed? And who would you have picked?

Promotional image of the cast of Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom."
Promotional image of the cast of Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom." Focus Features

The announcement of the 85th annual Academy Award nominations Thursday morning prompted, for many, one of following word-economical reactions: 

  • Duh.
  • Yay!
  • Huh?

For the purpose of this recap we're going to examine the third response, "huh?," which spans the disbelief spectrum from disappointment to outrage.

Notable and much mentioned no-shows in the Best Picture category include: "Skyfall," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Master," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

POLL: Which snubbed movie do you think deserved an Oscar nomination? (Vote below)

Deadline took a no-denied-left-behind approach to the announcement with an exhaustive collection of snubees:

  • Kathryn Bigelow  – Best Director, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Quentin Tarantino – Best Director, Django Unchained
  • Wes Anderson – Best Director, Moonrise Kingdom
  • Paul Thomas Anderson – Best Director, The Master
  • Ben Affleck – Best Director, Argo
  • Christopher Nolan –  Best Director, The Dark Knight Rises 
  • Tom Hooper – Best Director, Les Miserables
  • Matthew McConaughey – Best Supporting Actor, Magic Mike
  • Ben Affleck – Best Actor, Argo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Best Supporting Actor, Django Unchained 
  • Marion Cotillard – Best Actress, Rust and Bone
  • Skyfall – Best Picture
  • The Intouchables – Best Foreign Film
  • Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises – Technicals
  • Flight – Visuals
  • Rise Of The Guardians – Best Animation
  • Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Looper – Rian Johnson, Best Screenplay 
  • The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson, Best Screenplay
  • PLUS: Moonrise Kingdom for everything else Wes Anderson does, The Avengers (and accomplishments of Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and Disney therein), John Hawkes in The Sessions, Helen Mirren in Hitchcock, and Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained

Citing "baffled" industry insiders, The Hollywood Reporter's reaction to the Oscar news deserves its own drama award for their sub-headline, "THR's awards analyst remembers the films and people that the Academy forgot." Bravo! According to said analyst:

[...] major snubs include The Intouchables, the immensely profitable French film that France controversially submitted for Oscar consideration in the best foreign-language film category over the more artistically ambitious Rust and Bone, something it now must be regretting; Rise of the Guardians, DreamWorks Animation's big film this year; Lincoln, while it did score a very impressive 12 noms, was left out of two categories that it had a shot at, best makeup (the Academy usually loves whisker work) and best sound editing...

The Daily Beast wails its rundown of "shockers," seconding the snub motion on many of the same purported oversights.

  • SNUB: The Intouchables for Best Foreign Film
  • SNUB: Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
  • SNUB: Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
  • SNUB: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • SNUB: Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo 
  • SNUB: Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Armed with information, and employing calculation plus historical precedent, the New York Times asserts a top three list of likely Best Picture contenders. Here's how their "triangulating" analysis breaks down:

[...] besides director, another category often foretells a best picture winner: editing. Without a nomination in that category, the top prize is hard to get. 

The nominees this year are the editors for “Argo,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln” and “Life of Pi.”

Triangulating between that and the director category means that the films to watch in the biggest race are “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings” and “Life of Pi.”

The 85th annual Academy Awards will take place Feb. 24. Stay tuned to for everything you need to know. But first, who do you think was left out this year?


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