While a slew of underdogs had their day when Oscar nominations were announced this morning — Melissa McCarthy, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” — snubs, there were many.
After all the noise Madonna and Elton John made fighting over the Golden Globe for best original song, neither were nominated for an Oscar. While McCarthy scored a best supporting actress nomination for “Bridesmaids,” star Kristen Wiig was not recognized for an acting award (though she and co-writer Amy Mumolo were nominated for best original screenplay). Completely absent from the nominees list: “J. Edgar” and Leonardo DiCaprio.
“He put on a dress, he kissed a guy,” Yahoo! film critic Thelma Adams said of DiCaprio. “You’d think he’d get the nomination.”
“Melissa McCarthy is a big surprise that she really made it all the way,” she added. “People are very happy about that. Jonah Hill, also, I thought was going to drop off and he made it all the way for ‘Moneyball.’”
Another big snub: “The Adventures of Tin Tin.” “It was not a good year for Steven Spielberg,” Adams said. “I think within the animation community, they’re turning against CGI. They want it to be like ‘Rango.’”
Also notable: David Fincher didn’t get best director for “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Ryan Gosling, who starred in three acclaimed movies last year, was nowhere to be found, nor was his critically acclaimed “Drive” co-star, Albert Brooks.
Us Weekly’s Bradley Jacobs was shocked “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” picked up two nominations, best supporting actor and best picture. “I was surprised,” he said. “I knew the movie had its fans but it also had a lot of one star reviews.” And as for that Madonna/John feud? “It looks like the Academy didn’t care for either of their songs, in the end,” he said. “Maybe they made a lot of fuss over nothing.”