For movie buffs there's no better cure for the post holiday blues. Then the much anticipated release of the official Oscar nominee list today was the big day and as usual there are the obvious picks.... See More
For movie buffs there's no better cure for the post holiday blues. Then the much anticipated release of the official Oscar nominee list today was the big day and as usual there are the obvious picks. And the majors -- ABC's David Wright brings us this look at this year's Oscar outcasts. Directors voting on this year's Oscar nominations for best director may not have appreciated this line from Fargo. Confusion revered director and a few teacher -- a -- contributor current. Ignoring box office success and critical -- the academy snubbed director Ben Affleck its latest endeavor. What's your middle name -- -- shooting he's an American -- He also snubbed Kathryn Bigelow zero dark thirty about the plot to find and kill Osama bin Laden. The director's category was I think a shock to everybody in Hollywood to back -- both of them left off the list is pretty shocking and then you've got Tom Hooper. Who directed -- -- -- which a lot of people love. Tom -- is -- is also shut out from restaurant. -- to Quentin Tarantino's Django. -- all horror movies are up for best picture go figure. Academy can be fickle instead -- the blockbusters to small independent movies got into the final five for best director. Then cyclones beasts of the southern wild and Michael -- -- -- -- blue moon isn't. The -- -- a foreign language film so far showing in just three theaters here in the US. Just yeah. 85 year old Emmanuel Reba is the oldest ever nominee for best actress this year the category also includes the youngest ever nominate. Nine year old -- -- may Wallace -- -- the southern wild. On the men's side slightly more conventional fixed. He's -- before he has won before he's run before he has won before he's won before. All five best supporting actor nominees are previous Oscar winners breath of fresh air in that category. Even two of the actors left off the list both from -- one channel or not exactly -- is what makes -- so demanding go explore. -- what makes you still carries no nomination roster winner Jamie Foxx -- Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio are sort of always the bridesmaid when it comes of the Oscar. He's been nominated four times in the past he's never won in this year he didn't even get nominated. As expected Lincoln took home a dozen nominations the most of any -- those left off the list can take comfort there in good company. Judy Garland was passed over for the wizard books. Alfred Hitchcock never won best director. Although he was nominated for Psycho and four other films. In recent history I think the biggest shocker of all time. Was about a decade ago when everybody thought that Stephen Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan was gonna win best picture. And instead it went to -- in love today more shocks and surprises and chances are even more on Oscar night. I'm David Wright for Nightline in --
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