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Puzzling Over the Snubs -- From Shocking to Suspected, Who Got Left Off

  • The Boss.  Wow.  After a supremely confident win at the Golden Globes, Bruce Springsteen and his Dylan-style troubadour theme from "The Wrestler" found themselves without an Academy nod. Instead, two "Slumdog" tunes will square off against "WALL-E" song "Down to Earth."

  • SURPRISING: Sally Hawkins.  Another Globe winner denied at the Big Dance.  Less surprising than Bruce, if only because Hawkins is smaller fry.  But Hawkins passed over for Angelina Jolie in "The Changeling" -- a film that was not only tepidly reviewed, but was criticized for Jolie's overly glamorous turn as a despondent mother?  Hmm.  Melissa Leo might seem like a surprise, but she was heavily praised for "Frozen River."

  • EYEBROWS RAISED: "Revolutionary Road." As the demented but keenly insightful son of Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon well deserved a (surprising) nom for his performance.  As for the rest of the film?  It went unmentioned in the other major categories.  DreamWorks campaigned hard for Winslet's gut-wrenching turn as April Wheeler in the top female acting category, while the Weinstein Company resorted to plugging her as supporting for "The Reader."  Academy voters, however, staged a coup -- choosing to elevate Winslet as "Best Actress" for the Reader, and giving the film a "Best Picture" nom as well.  In the case of Winslet v. Winslet, it's... Winslet.  But will she win?

  • KIND OF ODD: "The Dark Knight."  The blogosphere was abuzz with the notion that three guild nominations meant the noir Batman movie was a shoo-in.  News flash from the Academy: It's still a Batman movie, guys.  Heath Ledger bagged the expected supporting nomination, but the usual consolation prize for no Best Picture love -- a Best Director nod -- didn't go to "Knight" helmer Christopher Nolan.

  • SLIGHTLY UNEXPECTED: "WALL-E."  No real surprise that the best-reviewed wide film of the year didn't get a Best Picture nomination, but a consolation prize came in the form of a Best Original Screenplay nod for story creators/writers Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter.  The love story between two taciturn machines set in space certainly makes this script the most "original" in the category.

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