2013 Oscar Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

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Surprise: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (Best Picture, Best Director)
Surprise: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (Best Picture, Best Director)
Fox Searchlight Pictures
If Quvenzhané Wallis nabbing a Best Actress nomination was a surprise, just think of how much of a surprise the film's relative domination of this year's Oscar nominations is. 'Beasts' picked up a Best Picture nod and a Best Director nod for Benh Zeitlin. The awards may not be so predictable after all.
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Surprise: Naomi Watts (Best Actress)
Surprise: Naomi Watts (Best Actress)
Summit Entertainment
With very little buzz, the fantastic film 'The Impossible' was looking to come out on the other side of the Oscar nominations with nothing to show for itself. Luckily, lead actress Naomi Watts was lucky enough to nab the Best Actress nomination and carry the Oscar glory for the film.
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Surprise: 'Silver Linings Playbook' (Frontrunner)
Surprise: 'Silver Linings Playbook' (Frontrunner)
Weinstein Company
While the wildly regarded frontrunner was 'Lincoln,' when the nominations were announced, it was the quirky indie rom-com 'Silver Linings Playbook' (starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) that streaked ahead, nabbing nominations for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. 
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Surprise: 'ParaNorman' (Best Animated Feature)
Surprise: 'ParaNorman' (Best Animated Feature)
This delightful surprise quells fears that the lovely (yes, a cartoon about monsters can be lovely) animated film was too under-the-radar to nab its Oscar due. How wrong we were! And how happy we were to be wrong!
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Surprise: Quvenzhané Wallis (Best Actress)
Surprise: Quvenzhané Wallis (Best Actress)
FOX
Wallis, at nine years old, is one of the youngest Oscar nominees ever, but her performance in surprise frontrunner 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' deserves every ounce of praise.
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Surprise: 'Amour' (Best Picture, Best Director)
Surprise: 'Amour' (Best Picture, Best Director)
Sony Classics
'Amour,' the heart-wrenching French-language film about a couple in their eighties as they approach the ends of their lives, was a shoe-in for the Best Foreign Language film and even for a Best Actress nomination for Emanuelle Riva, but adding to that a Best Picture nod for the film and a Best Director nod for Michael Haneke makes this film a big surprise.
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Snub: Kathryn Bigelow (Best Director)
Snub: Kathryn Bigelow (Best Director)
Columbia
In what might be the biggest snub of the year, 'Zero Dark Thirty' director Kathryn Bigelow (and Oscar-winner) was edged out of the Best Director category despite earning a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for the same film. 
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Snub: Ben Affleck (Best Director)
Snub: Ben Affleck (Best Director)
Warner Bros.
We thought this was Affleck's year. 'Argo' marks his best turn as a director, yet when it came nomination time, we saw two surprises and no sign of Ben. 
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Snub: 'Looper' (Best Original Screenplay)
Snub: 'Looper' (Best Original Screenplay)
Columbia
While a Best Picture nomination for 'Looper' was a bit of a pipe dream, the category in which it should have earned its praise is the Best Original Screenplay category. Instead, Rian Johnson's innovative time-travel thriller was left out to dry. 
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Snub: 'Moonrise Kingdom' (Best Picture)
Snub: 'Moonrise Kingdom' (Best Picture)
Wes Anderson's masterpiece got plenty of love in more specific categories like Best Original Screenplay, but when it came time to announce Best Picture nominees, the sentimental film was missing. Perhaps its slot went to 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and if that's the case, we can't be too miffed by it.
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Snub: Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
Snub: Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
Sony Classics
It seems almost impossible that the practically flawless Marion Cotillard would not merit a spot on the Best Actress nominations list after her performance in this year's 'Rust and Bone,' but perhaps voters couldn't get past her confusing turn in 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
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Snub: John Hawkes (Best Actor)
Snub: John Hawkes (Best Actor)
Fox Searchlight Pictures
John Hawkes wonderfully plays a man in iron lung on a mission to lose his virginity in 'The Sessions,' but it wasn't enough for Academy voters. 
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Snub: 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' (Best Adapted Screenplay)
Snub: 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' (Best Adapted Screenplay)
Summit Entertainment
Sure, it's a tale of teen angst, but this beautifully adapted film deserves some credit... preferably in nomination form. But perhaps this is just director/writer/author Stephen Chbosky's cross to bear; how much praise can one get for adapting one's own novel for the screen? 

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