Shocking Oscar nominations snubs: Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow,Tom Hooper

Proving that we Oscar forecasters can’t always tell which way the wind is blowing, the Academy Awards gave the cold shoulder to a number of seemingly strong contenders. (See complete list of nominees here)

The most notable omission in the top race is “The Master,” which reaped three acting bids. Also MIA are three blockbusters with critical cred: “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “Skyfall.” (Read report on nominations here)

The directing lineup is missing three of the DGA nominees — Ben Affleck (“Argo“), Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty“) and Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables“) — as well as another helmer of one of the nine Best Picture nominees, Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained“). 

Snubbed save for a makeup/hair nod was “Hitchcock” which stars Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. And “Anna Karenina,” Joe Wright‘s third film with Keira Knightley picked up just four creative bids. 

NOT BEST PICTURE
Anna Karenina
“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
The Dark Knight Rises
“Flight”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
“The Impossible”
“The Sessions”
Skyfall
 

NOT BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck, “Argo
Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master
Wes Anderson, “Moonrise Kindgom”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper, “Les Miserables
Peter Jackson, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Ben Lewin,”The Sessions”
John Madden, “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight Rises”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained
Joe Wright, “Anna Karenina”
Robert Zemeckis, “Flight” 

NOT BEST ACTOR
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Jamie Foxx, “Django Unchained”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “End of Watch”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Tom Holland, “The Impossible”
Anthony Hopkins, “Hitchcock
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on the Hudson”
Jean Louis Trintignant, “Amour”
 

NOT BEST ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Judi Dench, “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Keira Knightley, “Anna Karenina”
Laura Linney, “Hyde Park on the Hudson”
Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”
 

NOT BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Russell Crowe, “Les Miserables”
Dwight Henry, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Samuel L. Jackson, “Django Unchained”
William H. Macy, “The Sessions”
Matthew McConaughey, “Magic Mike”
Eddie Redmayne, “Les Miserables”
James Spader, “Lincoln”
 

NOT BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Samantha Barks, “Les Miserables”
Emily Blunt, “Looper”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Les Miserables”
Scarlett Johannson, “Hitchcock” 
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”
Kelly Reilly, “Flight”
Maggie Smith, “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

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