January 24– New York Magazine
By Kyle Buchanan
The Academy Award nominations were just announced — and it was actually a pretty surprising list of nominees! Sure, none of the extremely heavy favorites (Meryl, Viola, Michelle, George, Jean, Brad, Octavia) got snubbed, but there was some snubbage (Albert Brooks! David Fincher! Leo! Cars 2!), and some unexpected pictures (Tree of Life, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and actors (Demián Bichir, Max von Sydow) got more attention than expected. All in all, there were enough jolts to give this morning's announcement a dash of freshness: Some previously locked-up categories are probably more wide open than people thought. Herewith, a list of the nine biggest surprises of the nominations.
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