Oscar’s Biggest Surprises: Snubs For Ben Affleck, Kudos For Beasts

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Ben Affleck and Katherine Bigelow weren't nominated for Directing Oscars, but Beasts of the Southern Wild's helmer was.

First, the good news: 2012 was a really good year for movies. Now the bad: That means no matter who got an Oscar nomination this morning, there were bound to be a bunch of disappointed, but really deserving and talented, folks in Hollywood. Maybe they’ll take the relieved attitude this year’s host Seth MacFarlane suggested before making the announcements: “You can stop doing interviews where you pretend you had such a great time making the movie.”

The biggest snubs we saw were in the director category, where dark horse candidates Michael Haneke (Amour) and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) edged out favorites Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) — all of which were also nominated for Best Picture.

“No Best Director or Best Actor for Argo. Really? Even though it got a Best Picture nomination?” Deadline’s Dominic Patten wrote.

Not a whole lot was surprising in the Supporting Actor category, where every single nominee has won an Oscar before, but Vulture did note the interesting fact that Christoph Waltz was nominated over his Django Unchained co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. Lead Jamie Foxx was left out in the cold for Best Actor category too, along with The SessionsJohn Hawkes.

“Shame on you, Oscar, for overlooking such a moving, lovely performance,” wrote Randy Myers of the Contra Costa Times.

We’re actually more disappointed that Matthew McConaughey didn’t earn a nod for his revealing performance in Magic Mike.

As for the actresses, some may be surprised that Academy fave Marion Cotillard’s performance as an amputee in Rust and Bone didn’t garner a nomination. Perennial nominees Maggie Smith (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy) were missing from the supporting actress list. But we are positively thrilled that Beasts heartbreaker Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest ever Best Actress nominee at age 9. No one who’s seen that movie should be surprised in the least.

[Photos: Warner Bros., Fox Searchlight]

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