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   By SheSpeaksTeam  Feb 21, 2012

The 84th Annual Academy Awards are this coming Sunday, so what better time to look back and reflect on some of the biggest nomination surprises for this year? While choosing nominees for each of the categories is a hard and dubious process, and everyone deserving of a nomination can’t receive one. It seems that every year the Academy overlooks some obvious nominee choices.

Who would you pick? Do you agree our list of actors below were overlooked in the nominations this year?

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Here are our picks for the biggest Oscar “snubs” of the year:

  • Kirsten Dunst - Best Actress for Melancholia: Without a doubt one of the most interesting films from this past year, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia tells the story of two sisters who find their already strained relationship challenged when a rogue planet threatens to collide with the Earth. Dunst delivered a career altering performance as the younger sister, Justine, who suffers from severe and debilitating depression. However, her fantastic performance was not recognized when the Academy announced their nominations. This could be attributed as backlash to Von Trier's inappropriate Nazi comments when he and Dunst were getting interviewed at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • j edwardLeonardo Dicaprio - Best Actor for J. Edgar: Directed by Clint Eastwood, this film received mixed reviews from critics.  However, Leonardo Dicaprio has been universally praised for his performance as the titular character, J. Edgar Hoover, and was nominated for Best Actor in these three award events: Golden Globes, Critic's Choice, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG). His nominations in these three categories make is lack of an Oscar nom surprising.
  • Shailene Woodley - Best Supporting Actress for The Descendants: This is Woodley's first movie role. In it she plays George Clooney's eldest daughter, Alex. The film tells the story of a land baron (Clooney) who tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident and now lies in a coma. Woodley was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes and the Critic's Choice Awards, but failed to snag an Oscar nom, despite the Academy's loves of young actor nominations.
  • David Fincher - Best Director for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo:  Best Picture and Best Director usually go hand in hand at the Oscars, so it wasn't that surprising that Fincher didn't receive a Best Director nom when Girl With The Dragon Tattoo failed to gain on for Best Picture. However, he should have. Based on the Stieg Larson novel and a remake of the 2009 Swedish film, this film tells the story of a journalist who gets help from a young computer hacker in his search for a woman who has been missing for 40 years.  The film is dark, visceral, and gritty and includes Fincher's unique opening credit sequence,  using symbols that have meaning in the film.
  • tilda swintonTilda Swinton - Best Actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin: Based on the novel of the same name, This movie tells the story of a mother (Swinton) who tries to deal with her grief and feelings of responsibility after her teenage son goes on a high school killing spree. Swinton delivered a powerful and critically acclaimed performance that was nominated for both the Golden Globe and SAG for Best Actress, making her lack of Oscar nomination even more surprising.
  • The Adventures of Tintin for Best Animated Feature:  The film was nominated for a Critic's Choice Award and even won the Golden Globe for its animation, yet the Academy failed to give it recognition for its achievements. Perhaps stranger still is that the film was nominated for an Oscar for best Original Score.
  • The Help for Best Adapted Screenplay: Another surprise came when Director and Writer, Tate Taylor, was not nominated for his work with The Help. Taylor's screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. Taylor's script has his own flair, yet still stays true to the themes that made the novel so great, so when it was announced that he hadn't received a nomination, it was a bit shocking.

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stef42678 by stef42678 | LAS VEGAS, NV
Feb 26, 2012

I'm throwing an Oscars party this year and am rooting for The Help because I loved the book and the movie and love the story. Emma Stone was great in the movie and it was really inspiring. I can't wait to see who wins and all the Oscar fashions.

miriama59 by miriama59 | STEILACOOM, WA
Feb 24, 2012

I agree with almost all that you mentioned, especially Tilda and Leo. Stunning performances by excellent actors.

billiejean8888 by billiejean8888 | MAPLEWOOD, MN
Feb 24, 2012

I'll be so disappointed if The Artist wins. I have seen silent movies that were a lot better and would have rather they re-released one of those. I did enjoy The Decendents and The Help. Hugo was beautiful but I was let down by the reveal in it. I loved Pariah. It was a great slice of life coming of age story. Shame kicked my butt and I was thinking about it long after I left the theatre. Talk about intense.

rajikarthik by rajikarthik | irving, TX
Feb 23, 2012

I reviewed in Harry Potter and can't wait to see them. It's always our favorite series

wildlodge by wildlodge | GLENSHAW, PA
Feb 23, 2012

Always love throwing a party....and this is just another reason. I'm sure there will be some upsets!

JustRebecca by JustRebecca | Homestead, FL
Feb 23, 2012

I think The Help for Movie , Viola Davis for Lead Actress & Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress will take home the Oscar.It was great to see Melissa McCarthy nominated for her role in Bridesmaid.

lughead13 by lughead13 | SCHWENKSVILLE, PA
Feb 23, 2012

The movie "The Help" should win.

Natalie55 by Natalie55 | MUNHALL, PA
Feb 22, 2012

I think that Meryl Streep should finally get an Oscar on Sunday because she deserves it. I hope she finally gets one!!

trecib by trecib | CHICAGO, IL
Feb 22, 2012

There are way too many best pictures nominated. Most of them don't deserve it. The Artist is way overrated. Now about the snubs: I agree that David Fincher should have gotten a nod & definitely The Help for Adapted Screenplay. The only one that surprised me was Leonardo Di Caprio. I thought the academy would be falling all over themselves to nominate him for playing J Edgar. They love that sort of thing.

embittered by embittered | BATON ROUGE, LA
Feb 22, 2012

The biggest snubs? Everything for Drive - just a paltry sound editing nomination does my favorite film of last year no justice. Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor, and Nicholas Winding Refn for Best Director should have been included. Also, Shame is the other glaring snub. Michael Fassbender deserved a Best Actor nod for that brilliant performance. It should have been nominated for Best Picture as well.

laclay by laclay | BEAUMONT, TX
Feb 22, 2012

I was surprised Leo DiCaprio wasn't nominated.

DaughterOfAKing by DaughterOfAKing | PARKVILLE, MD
Feb 22, 2012

I really haven't had the chance to see a lot of these movies. I will say that I really loved the movie Hugo.

thefashionlens by thefashionlens | GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
Feb 22, 2012

First, I am not much of a fan of the books or films, but I think that Harry Potter should have been nominated in more than just best makeup, effects, and art direction. Also, Cary Fukunaga's direction on Jane Eyre was brilliant. Mia Wasikowska was pure gold in her role as Jane Eyre, as well.

jellybeanr by jellybeanr | STATEN ISLAND, NY
Feb 22, 2012

The Artist was a very interesting movie. At first I didn't think I would like it, but I ended up liking it a lot. For a black and white movie in this day and age let alone silent you could really understand everything going on and enjoy the cinema. I hope, he wins the Oscar, I loved Jean Dujardin.

mmay0396 by mmay0396 | IRVING, TX
Feb 22, 2012

I am so glad that Melissa McCarthy is nominated. She is so funny & I love her on Mike & Molly, which is why I saw Bridesmaids in the first place. The Help is one of my favorite movies at the moment. I really wanted to like One For the Money because I have read all of the books but the movie is a disaster. The actors are not even who I would have cast in each part. After reading the books I have a vision of what each character would be like and none of them are it. I'm looking forward to the Red Carpet gowns the most.