The 2012 Academy Award nominees were announced on the morning of January 24, 2012, and immediately, it became clear that several deserving or expected nominees were snubbed. With 9 nominated films for Best Picture, it was obvious that not every film being honored would receive honors across multiple categories. But many of the most eagerly and excitedly anticipated nominees were left off of the official Oscar ballots, including performers and directors from some of the year's top films. This list contains all the most surprising 2012 Oscar snubs, and it's Voteranked, so you can choose the people or films you thought were most deserving and move them to the top. Think the year's best unnominated performance, behind-the-scenes collaborator, writer or director was left off the list? Add it yourself at the bottom of the page!
Fassbender appeared in about 80% of all 2011 movies, including a 'revealing' and praised turn as a sex addict in Steve McQueen's "Shame" and a memorable role as psychologist Karl Jung in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method." It wasn't enough to earn him a Best Actor nod, however, as he was edged out by two other "breakthrough" performances: Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" and Jean Dujardin in "The Artist."
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2011 was truly the Year of the Gos, with Ryan Gosling giving great performances in three different films: 'The Ides of March,' 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' and 'Drive.' At least Gosling got two Golden Globes nominations. Still. No Ryan G. at the Oscars? Crazy. And Stupid.
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Actor, director, writer and comedian Albert Brooks was widely praised for his going-against-type role as a shady gangland figure in the indie sensation "Drive," earning a bevy of critics circle awards and even scoring a Golden Globe nomination. But he was passed over in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Oscars.
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Many of the Best Actress nominees have been commonly shortlisted for the prize for most of awards season. There seemed little doubt Michelle Williams (for "My Week with Marilyn"), Viola Davis (for "The Help"), Glenn Close (for "Albert Nobbs") and of course Meryl Streep (for "The Iron Lady") would get mentions, and they did. Tilda Swinton's bold work in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" was a relatively late addition to the horserace, even though she has previously won an Oscar for her supporting work in "Michael Clayton." After Swinton won the National Board of Review's award for Best Actress, and was nominated for a Golden Globe, she seemed an obvious choice to fill out the Best Actress category on Oscar night. Instead, her "wild card" spot went to Rooney Mara for her take on Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
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