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The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning and most of the awards season's biggest front-runners have reason to celebrate. Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Jeff Bridges (True Grit) James Franco (127 Hours), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Christian Bale (also The Fighter) all scored acting nods. But it wouldn't be the Oscars without a few eyebrow-raising snubs, and the Academy kindly (or not-so-kindly) obliged by kicking to the curb the awards aspirations of a number of worthy actors.
In the best actress category, Julianne Moore's absence stands out. While The Kids Are All Right costars Bening (best actress) and Mark Ruffalo (supporting actor) earned nominations, Moore came up empty-handed -- likely because voters wanted to choose just one actress from the film and opted for Bening. That's the danger in appearing with such a talented ensemble.
Mila Kunis, widely praised for her sultry turn as Portman's ballet-dancing rival/between-the-sheets companion in Black Swan, was left out of the best supporting actress race -- despite earning nominations in that category at both the Golden Globes and the upcoming Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Kunis has come a long way since starring on That '70s Show, and an Oscar nom certainly would have added an exclamation point to her career rebirth (maybe she'll get one for this summer's Friends With Benefits?).
Meanwhile, The Social Network did its share of damage with eight nominations, but failed to earn a best supporting actor notice for Andrew Garfield, whose performance as jilted Facebook cofounder Eduardo Sevarin has been drawing Oscar buzz since the film debuted in October. Similarly, the 10 nominations earned by True Grit included accolades for Bridges for best actor and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for best supporting actress, but failed to recognize fan favorite Matt Damon, whose smart-mouthed Texas Ranger practically stole every scene he was in.
Snubs were also afoot in the best actor race, where Mark Wahlberg, who earned a Globes nom for his portrayal of a scrappy boxer in The Fighter, got knocked out of that category at the Oscars by the surprise nomination of Biutiful leading man Javier Bardem. Also overlooked in the best actor race was erstwhile Notebook heartthrob Ryan Gosling, who's been earning rave reviews for his emotionally (and literally) naked turn as a man trying to salvage a disintegrating marriage in Blue Valentine. Perhaps the best actress nomination earned by his Valentine costar Michelle Williams was meant to count for both of them?
If there's one thing that this year's nominations -- and snubs -- prove it's that 2010 was a good year for movies. Tune into the Oscars on Sunday Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to see which of the (non-snubbed) actors and movies prevail.
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