Though she shared the screen with Natalie Portman in one of the most talked-about sex scenes this year, "Black Swan" co-star Mila Kunis was overlooked by the Academy in the supporting actress category.
Kunis, who prepared for the role as intensely as Portman did -- dropping 20 pounds to a dangerously low 95 pounds -- earned nods from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards, but was denied the chance for Oscar gold.
"Swan" is obviously Portman's movie -- she received a nomination for best actress -- but some think Barbara Hershey, as her manic mother, should also have been nominated for best supporting actress.
Like Kunis, Andrew Garfield, who played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's business partner in "The Social Network," earned a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor, but he was overlooked by SAG.
Reading those tea leaves, some surmised rightly that he would be excluded from Oscar. Still, many consider it a snub, since "Social Network" got eight nominations, behind "The King's Speech" (12) and "True Grit" (10).
Garfield is already moving on. The 27-year-old actor has stepped into his first a starring role, taking over the "Spider-Man" franchise from Tobey Maguire.
Where have all the women directors gone?
Kathryn Bigelow may have made history last year as the first female to win a best director Oscar, but this year it's back to the all boys club.
Lisa Cholodenko's little film that could, "The Kids Are All Right," earned four nominations. Star Annette Bening and co-star Mark Ruffalo secured spots in the acting categories. Cholodenko and co-writer Stuart Blumberg were nominated for best originial screenplay, and the film is up for best picture.
Not only was Cholodenko overlooked for best director but her other star, Julianne Moore, who helped shepherd the project and even brought in Bening, was excluded from the nominations. That seemed to hurt Cholodenko more.
"There was no way that I could have made this film without her," Cholodenko told the New York Times. "I choose to share this best picture nomination with her. It's really due to her commitment to the project and what she gave to it and in it."
Another female director not nominated was Debra Granik for the indie "Winter's Bone," about a teenage girl's search for her father in the drug-infested Ozarks. The film received a best picture nod and acting nominations for 20-year-old star Jennifer Lawrence and co-star John Hawkes. Granik and co-writer Anne Rosellini were also nominated for best adapted screenplay.
Though this year's list for best director is a strong one, Moviefone's Chui said it's still disappointing not to see either Granik's or Cholodenko's name included. "It does show we have a way to go," she said. "Last year's win doesn't necessarily mean the game has changed."
The same could be said for overall diversity among the nominees this year. After last year's "Precious," which saw wins for best adapted screenplay and Mo'nique for best supporting actress, there is a noticable absence of color.
"It really is a white person's list," Chui said. "It's just striking compared to last year."
'Waiting for 'Superman''
Many were surprised when "Waiting for 'Superman,'" the feature-length documentary about America's ailing educational system, was left off the list for best documentary.