The nominees for the 84th Academy Awards have been revealed, and they aren’t so much surprising as they are infuriating.

The big winners are Hugo (11 nominations), The Artist (10 nominations), Moneyball and War Horse (6 Nominations), The Descendants and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (5 Nominations), The Help and Midnight in Paris (4 Nominations). No real shockers there.

What’s far more interesting are the films and actors that missed out on nominations. As our editor-in-chief, Erlingur, put it: “No Ryan Gosling. No Albert Brooks. No Alan Rickman. No Andy Serkis. No Michael Fassbender. To name only a few. The list of Oscar snubs this year is more impressive than the nominee list.”

But the biggest disgrace in the eyes of Filmophiliacs? The absence of Drive from the Best Film category. A critically reviled, emotional  string puppet gets a nod but not Nicolas Winding Refn‘s (also glaringly missing from the Best Director category) celebrated masterpiece. One nomination, for Sound Editing, stings even more than being completely locked out. We’ll have more to say on snubs later today.

C’mon, Oscar voters, take some risks. What’s the point of living if you can’t feel alive?

Check out the entire list below (relevant review links in parenthesis) and remember, the winners will be announced on Sunday, February 26th. We’ll be watching, and silently cursing.

Oh, and not to be completely negative, the prospect of a member of Flight of the Conchords receiving an Academy Award is heartwarming to say the least. If Brett doesn’t win I won’t be crying. Honest.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

The MuppetsBret McKenzie(“Man or Muppet”) (Reviewed Here)

RioSergio MendesCarlinhos BrownSiedah Garrett(“Real in Rio”)

  • Jónas Haux

    The Academy is taking risk. They’re nominating The Tree Of Life best picture and direction.

    • Sverrir

      Not really, Malick is a celebrated auteur. He was nominated for The Thin Read Line and Tree of Life was a long awaited, and largely critically adored film (Heck, I gave it 4.5 stars). It won best film at Cannes. Am I glad that it got nominated? Yes. Was it one of the top 10 films of last year? No. Is it anything more than a token nomination because it was a disputed film? Probably not.

  • BjarkiD

    Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks, Drive.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Will Reiser’s script, 50/50.

    The Adventures of Tintin.

    So many snubs, so much anger. But I will admit that there are some nice surprises in there, such as Jonah Hill and Melissa McCarthy.

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  • Geek Soul Brother

    I would put Gosling on the Best Actor list, but Fassbender was The Man this year. Forget Shame, his Magneto touched a brother (just kidding.. and not).

    I don’t know about Midnight… it was quaint, but played up to the artsy crowd. Drive could easily replace it in my opinion. Truthfully though, Drive left me wanting something (not a neat ending, but something). These awards always leave me disappointed.

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