Oscar Surprises & Snubs

The Academy has spoken...and apparently, they went to see a different movie than the mass of moviegoers. Replace the words The Dark Knight with The Reader in most of the major categories, and that was both THE surprise and snub of Oscar nom morning. No Best Picture, Best Director or even Best Screenplay for TDK. Yes, of course, Heath Ledger was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (and rightfully so). But as the movie re-opens in theaters this Friday, it'll do so without those pumped-up "Best Picture" ads (TDK received 8 noms, but other than Heath, they were all for technical categories...and no nom for the score. Really?). No love was shown, too, for Clint Eastwood's box office hit Gran Torino (completely shut out), Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, and Wall-E had to settle for Best Animated Feature instead of Best Pic. Still, there were some surprises worth cheering. You'll see a lot of polls out today gauging the worst snub (including our Awards Watch poll), but in the spirit of optimism (cha-ching, Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button led nominees with 10 and 13, respectively), we're asking...

More Oscar Links:
Awards Watch - Oscars Noms Buzz
Nominees in the Major Categories
Full List of Oscar Noms
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