January 25th, 2011
01:29 PM ET
It's not surprising that "The King's Speech" is up for a whopping 12 Oscars, or that the Academy has plenty of love for “The Social Network,” but there are quite a few names left off this morning's Oscar nominations list that have some crying "snubbed!"
Nearly everyone is surprised that while three of Mark Wahlberg’s co-stars in “The Fighter” are nominated – Melissa Leo and Amy Adams are dueling in the best supporting actress category while Christian Bale is nominated for best supporting actor – Wahlberg himself didn’t make the best actor category.
The same goes for Ryan Gosling, who was skipped over for a best actor nomination while his “Blue Valentine” co-star Michelle Williams is up for a best actress Oscar. Paul Giamatti, fresh off his Golden Globe win for best actor in a comedy/musical for his “Barney’s Version” role, was also left out.
Among the actresses, some of you have noted that "Black Swan" stars Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey are curiously missing from the best supporting actress nominations. Julianne Moore may have competed with Annette Bening for the best actress in a comedy/musical Golden Globe with her “Kids Are All Right” role but she won’t get the opportunity at this year’s Academy Awards.
And while “Inception” is nominated for best picture of the year, Christopher Nolan didn’t make the cut in the best direction category, which sparked a fury of "where's Nolan?!" outrage across the Web. (Let's say you could replace one of the currently nominated directors with Nolan, though....who would it be?)
The "Social Network" may have 8 Oscar nods, but none of them are for actors Andrew Garfield or Justin Timberlake, although a few of you aren't at all surprised by that.
It's also worth noting - as many of you point out - that after the success of "Precious" at last year's Academy Awards (winning both the best adapted screenplay Oscar and a best supporting actress statuette for Mo'Nique) the list of nominees this year is far less diverse. On the heels of Kathryn Bigelow taking the best direction Oscar and becoming the first woman to do so, this year's direction category is all male.
Says commenter JP, "Good to see all the actors and actresses of color nominated this year. At least they dragged Mo'Nique out to help present the nominees. That was so transparent. Oh well, something of color was nominated, the Black Swan. The very best that movies have to offer. Really?"
Commenter PoohBear70 adds, "Congrats to all of the Nominees. However, I take exception to the fact that there absolutely NO African Americans nominated in just about every category at all this year. While I've seen all of these movies, and critics didn't like or care for the movie "For Colored Girls;" some of those women gave excellent performances and at least ONE of them should've been nominated even there was no chance of them winning! (i.e. Anika Nonee Rose, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise). I'm white and don't agree with the academy's consistent dislike, disdain and faithfully leaving out minorities in which some who are very talented, gave raving performances."
But, commenter Grondahl has a rebuttal: "Precious, in case you forgot, was gripping, painful, and a powerful experience, if a little uneven. It deserved every award it received or was nominated for. To toss a few nominations at For Colored Girls, a middling movie in every respect, would be throwing the proverbial bone, and that would be far more insulting than snubbing it for nominations it doesn't deserve."
This leads to the question of another possible snub - do you think Oscar winner Halle Berry should have gotten a nod for her "Frankie & Alice" role (the same one that earned the actress a Golden Globe nod in the best actress category)?
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