SPECIAL REPORT: Who Did Oscar Snub?
But there were a number of contenders who did have a plausible shot at landing a nomination, yet still found themselves snubbed on Oscar morning. Here's who lost out in each of the six big races:
Many believed that Ben Affleck's remarkably accomplished sophomore feature would factor into the Best Picture lineup, considering its impressive box-office haul, critical acclaim, solid precursor presence and the luster of Affleck's Hollywood-comeback-kid appeal. But the noms revealed the film was perhaps a little too populist, and Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" likely claimed its spot.
BEST DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
Of course, Hailee Steinfeld wasn't exactly snubbed -- she picked up a supporting actress nomination. But most people who've seen "True Grit" can concur that Steinfeld's character, Mattie Ross, is a leading role and worthy of such recognition. A number of votes were undoubtedly pushing Steinfeld toward lead, but more of them edged her into supporting, a demotion that cost other deserving, truly supporting ladies their chance at the gold.
BEST ACTOR: Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Another victim of category confusion (and, most likely, a lack of viewership for her film), gifted Brit Lesely Manville ended up empy handed Tuesday morning, despite being an ongoing part of the awards season discussion, If you ask me, hers is a supporting role -- the self-destructive and socially inept pity case in Mike Leigh's rich and lovely dramedy "Another Year." The film landed a well-deserved screenplay nom for Leigh, but Manville, who often steals the show and whose damaged face is the last haunting image the movie delivers, had to settle for a trophy from the National Board of Review and a BAFTA nomination.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"
To read the full list of Oscar nominees, visit http://www.oscar.com/.