Image Credit: Davi RussoOscar nominations were announced this morning, and while The Fighter, The King’s Speech, True Grit, and The Social Network all racked up plenty of nominations, there were a few glaring omissions: Christopher Nolan was nominated for best original screenplay, and Inception was nominated for best picture, but Nolan was not nominated as best director? Hrmph.

For actors, I was really hoping to see Ryan Gosling get a nod for Blue Valentine. Nominee Michelle Williams has been earning tons of praise for her performance, and rightly so, but Gosling’s seeping misery infects the entire film; for a character who can be so awful, he’s also strangely easy to love. (Well, mostly.)

Speaking of frighteningly miserable characters, better luck next time, Barbara Hershey. Her maniacal mother character in Black Swan might as well have been a super villain named The Nail Clipper, and I loved every second of her creeptastic, wide-eyed performance. Black Swan is obviously Natalie Portman’s movie, but Hershey gave it some emotional context and depth.

Oh, Oscars, no love for Andrew Garfield’s fascinating performance in The Social Network? What about Julianne Moore’s funny but also heartbreaking turn in The Kids Are All Right? Sigh.

Your turn, PopWatchers: Who do you think got snubbed?

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