The Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday, and as usual, there were several surprises and snubs, even more so than normal. “Lincoln” led the way with 12 nominations and not surprisingly, as it’s the type of feel good important film with a strong pedigree the Academy loves to reward. “Life of Pi” also garnered 11 nominations, while “Silver Linings Playbook” picked up eight nods. Early front runners, “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Les Miserables,” however seem to have lost some steam with some snubs in significant categories.
Here’s a look at the surprises and snubs in the major categories.
Best Actor (2 of 8)
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Denzel Washington - "Flight
Phoenix is the surprise nominee here as reviews of his film "The Master" were divided at best and he has openly expressed his disdain for awards. The nomination would have been more appreciated had it gone to Richard Gere for his performance in "Arbitrage."
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