The announcements of the nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards, as many before it, have left talent and films off their list that many were surprised to see missing. Perhaps the biggest shockers were in the category for Best Directing. Ben Affleck (Argo), Katherine Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) were all absent. Besides Tarantino, they were all nominated by the Director’s Guild Academy. Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper aired his feelings about Affleck's snub on Today, asserting that the director "got robbed."

The last big shocker pertains to the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Category. Where was Leonardo DiCaprio? His costar Christoph Waltz got the nod as well as Alan Arkin (Argo), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) and Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook). The actor’s supporting role performance as a slave owner was one of the most praised of his career. “In the last ten years, no actor has been snubbed more by the Academy than Leonardo DiCaprio,” wrote Marlow Stern on the Daily Beast.

Rust and Bone’s exclusion also felt like quite a bit of a snub. Director Jacques Audiard’s latest collaboration with writer Thomas Bidegain produced a remarkably believable film, out of an unbelievable story of the ephemeral romance between a double amputee and a street boxer. Marion Cotillard plays Stephanie, the young woman who has her legs removed from the knee down after a tragic accident.

While French film Amour raked in the nominations for Best Picture, Director, Foreign Language Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role – there was no nomination for Jean Louis Trintignant for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Trintignant plays dutiful and loving husband George, to Emmanuella Risa’s dying Anne. Without his understated performance, the estimable film would not be what it is.

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